The Kansan encourages readers to express their views about issues through letters to the editor. Letters in support of political candidates in the Nov. 8 elections should be no longer than 250 words, not from an immediate family member and received by 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2016. Include your name, telephone number and address so we can verify you wrote the letter. All other letters should be 400 words or fewer. All letters must be typewritten or submitted electronically. Handwritten letters will not be accepted. All letters may be edited for length, good taste and to eliminate potentially libelous statements.  Publication of letters is on a first come, first served basis and include the author’s name 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