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WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  1. Brevity and focus. Cover your topic in the fewest possible words. Get to your main point quickly. Stay focused on your key points.
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WHAT WE DON'T PUBLISH

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  2. Most consumer complaints.
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  5. "Open" letters to government officials.
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  2. Maximum length of 250 words.
  3. Authors limited to one letter every 28-42 days, depending on volume.
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WHY WE EDIT LETTERS

Editing is done for the benefit of our readers. We make every attempt to preserve the writer's essential meaning. Editing for length allows us to accept a greater number of letters. Letters most likely to be edited are those that are twice as long as needed to make a point and those that try to make too many points.

Your Views

  • GiveSmartOKC.org an invaluable resource for those interested in charitable giving

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Thank you for “With charitable giving, a little homework can come in handy” (Our Views, July 7). At the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, we couldn’t agree more with the message of responsible charitable giving. That’s why two years ago we partnered with GuideStar to create GiveSmartOKC.org....

  • Contraception is most definitely a health issue

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In response to Don Walkup (Your Views, July 11): Contraception most certainly is a health issue! Why do you think insurance companies started providing benefits for contraception anyway? Simple. Insurance carriers finally did the math. It’s a lot less costly to provide payment for...

  • What's the rub with Hobby Lobby decision?

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Hobby Lobby, the Green Family and their supporters have stirred up an ant hill in their victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, yet no employee at Hobby Lobby is prohibited from using the pregnancy abortive pills or pregnancy preventative devices. None. Any employee can use these devices if they so...

  • Green family dared to show us true faith

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    In the Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom, a precious right guaranteed by the Constitution, and people are in an uproar. Maybe we’d be more comfortable if faith in God was just a mad dash through the church door on Sunday. But the Green family dared to...

  • The pillage of our children's future

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    A poll cited in “Obama, public at odds over warming” (Our Views, July 7) is a sad testament to the effectiveness of the fossil fuel industry’s misinformation campaign to climate science. Those who have profits to protect are spending millions manipulating the public’s perception of the science...

  • Federal agency's illogical litigation

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Is the ability to read, speak, write and understand English necessary to hold a job in an American plastics factory? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission doesn’t think so. It’s suing Wisconsin Plastics Inc. for requiring Hispanic and Vietnamese workers to know English. In the...

  • Rodney Bivens deserves a pat on the back

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    It’s been my good fortune to meet Rodney Bivens (Your Views, July 7) and watch his organization in action. Bivens will never tell you this but the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is one of the finest nonprofits of any type. It uses just a few pennies out of every dollar for operating expenses,...

  • Poor exchange in donating blood

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Regarding “Blood money: Legal tussle between institute, out-of-state broker exposes the business behind donations” (News, July 5): What a disappointing article about our Oklahoma Blood Institute. Its CEO is being paid more than $400,000 a year. Six vice presidents are paid more than $140,000 a...