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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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  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.
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  5. "Open" letters to government officials.
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  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 They will not be published.)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

  • Writer twists the facts about unions

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Mark Mix, writing in “It’s ‘Labor’ Day, not ‘Union’ Day" (Point of View, Aug. 31) has his facts twisted. Labor Day was celebrated by unions long before it became an official holiday. Mix speaks of workers fighting for right-to-work laws, though the people supporting them, both financially and...

  • Our embarrassing state of education

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Oklahoma’s state government has done a great disservice to the education system by repealing Common Core. Politicians are now complaining because the federal government is putting restrictions on how federal education funds are spent. Why is this a big surprise? Is it a bad thing that we have to...

  • Shades of Vonnegut short story

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    In “U.S. workers need to take a little time off” (Point of View, Aug. 31), Daniel S. Hamermesh made his case that Americans work too hard compared with European countries. Hamermesh sounded familiar because a few years ago he wrote a book (“Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More...

  • Gov. Fallin and Legislature leave Oklahoma schools shorthanded

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Regarding “Oklahoma loses education waiver” (News, Aug. 29): Gov. Mary Fallin says that because Oklahomans overwhelmingly oppose Common Core, the president and “Washington bureaucrats” are punishing Oklahoma and are dictating “how Oklahoma should spend education dollars.” No! First, while...

  • We should learn from Asian-Americans

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    At the end of the Vietnam War, a huge number of Asian immigrants came to this country. They came here needing to learn to speak, read and write a new language. They overcame this obstacle and are now outperforming every other race. They have the highest high school graduation rate (88 percent)...

  • Girl Scouting makes a lasting impression

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Oklahoma needs all girls to reach their full potential. Lessons learned in Girl Scouting help girls contribute more to their communities and the state’s workforce. Scouting leaders want to reach more girls than ever before. To do that, we need more volunteers. According to the Oklahoma Women’s...

  • Drop the charges against Joe Mixon

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Regarding the charges filed against Joe Mixon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said, “…now we don’t have to talk about who the initial aggressor was. Was there gross injury? And there was. And was that against public morals? And I believe that any time you punch a girl with that...

  • Our priorities are messed up

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Why do people get so upset about a person who is executed for a crime and suffers during the execution? Why don't they get more upset when an innocent baby is aborted and what it feels? Our priorities are messed up. Heaven help this nation.