The Kansan encourages readers to express their views about issues through letters to the editor. Letters should be 400 words or fewer. They may be edited for length, good taste and to eliminate potentially libelous statements. Letters in support of political candidates in the upcoming election should be no longer than 250 words, not from an immediate family member and received by Oct. 30, 2012. Include your name, telephone number and address so we can verify you wrote the letter. Letters published must include the author’s name, phone number and hometown. You may send your letter by mail to: The Newton Kansan, P.O. Box 268, 121 W. Sixth St., Newton KS 67114; by fax to 283-2471 or by e-mail to