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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.
  2. Readability. Readers are attracted to short sentences. Avoid using too many numbers and prepositional phrases. Avoid cliches. Follow common rules of punctuation, grammar and spelling.
  3. Timeliness. Send your letter while the topic is timely, but not so quickly that you don't review what you have written before sending the letter.
  4. Fairness. Make your points on the merits rather than emotion. Avoid disparaging a group of people based solely on the actions of one member of that group.

WHAT WE DON'T PUBLISH

  1. Poetry or rhyme in any form.
  2. Most consumer complaints.
  3. Form letters or generic Web site letters.
  4. Most "thank you" letters.
  5. "Open" letters to government officials.
  6. Letters written for a class assignment or as part of an organized letter-writing campaign.
  7. Most sports-related letters. (Send these to The Oklahoman's sports editor.)
  8. Letters that have been published elsewhere or letters submitted to other publications.
  9. Letters written in an overly informal style.


REQUIREMENTS

  1. Full name, address, and email. (Your address and e-mail are needed for verification. They will not be published.)
  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

  • Display defiance as protest to Paris shootings

    Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    In response to the atrocity committed in Paris on Wednesday, I encourage all media outlets to print a deliberately unflattering picture of Mohammad, or at least a “forbidden” image of the prophet with a condemnation of this violence — not to show disrespect to our Muslim brothers and sisters,...

  • A law banning texting while driving is needed in Oklahoma

    Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Catherine Wilder (Your Views, Dec. 28) questions why we need a law banning texting while driving when Oklahoma already has a law on the books requiring drivers to “devote full time and attention to such driving.” It’s because of what that statute goes on to say: “No law enforcement officer shall...

  • Why the discrepancy in sentences for drug offenses?

    Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Regarding “Pharmacy techs are part of prescription drug epidemic” (News, Dec. 28): Prescription drugs, if misused and abused, are just as dangerous as illegal street drugs. In fact, according to The Oklahoman, prescription drugs were responsible for 77 percent of drug overdose deaths versus the...

  • No longer 'welcome'

    Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Regarding Clarence Page’s “A year that took the awe out of ‘awesome’” (Commentary, Dec. 31): Another phrase I’d like to address is “No problem.” Very few people, especially wait staff in restaurants, say “You’re welcome” anymore. Instead it’s “No problem.” If I thought it was a “problem” to...

  • Settlers, Indians used 'Redskins' as simple descriptive

    Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Based on a lie In the recent controversy over the use of “Redskins” as mascots for Capitol Hill High School and others, some people have claimed that the word was originally a reference to Indian scalps sold for bounty. A simple Internet search would reveal that language experts consider the...

  • Thwarting the rights of the majority

    Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Withdrawal of the application by Pedestal Oil to drill on Lake Hefner property was hailed as the will of the people winning out after a small group of residents around the drill site protested. Their protests included interference with the running and bicycling tracks around the lake and fear of...

  • Who made the call to close Tinker for a day?

    Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Tinker Air Force Base closed Jan. 2 because of a forecast for bad weather, including possible icing conditions. Instead of a winter storm, we got barely a sprinkle of rain. Temperatures rose to well above freezing and the roads remained fine throughout the day. Tinker jobs are good: The median...

  • Minority rules on Lake Hefner drilling decision

    Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The uproar over an application to drill for oil on the south side of Lake Hefner is one of the more stupid things that’s been done in recent times. How can 100 or so citizens be allowed to speak for the entire population of Oklahoma City, not to mention the money that city government won’t be...