The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 26, 2013

Your View: All in the punctuation

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Globe recently featured a letter regarding those powers/responsibilities and concepts and precepts as to moral behavior, including marriage, religion, etc.

After a response to the original letter, the author asserted that changing the word “foundation” to “foundations” sabotaged her offering.

It seems to me that perhaps “foundation” might be the better word for the entire structure, applying to, or including, internal divisions as well into one base.

If the actual meaning of the first letter went awry, the reason might lie in the punctuation. The opinion comprised a list of lists, groups being separated by a couple of semicolons.

Such usage usually creates a separation of groups either unequal or of different topic.

So items within one grouping may be seen to be imputed to be similar in topic or importance. Any misconception probably arose from the items including supposed effects on marriage, worship and so forth.

It was one of those things which simply might have been worded more carefully in the beginning or punctuated differently.

Bill Hawkins

Joplin

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