The Lack of Care in Writing

Have you noticed this? The  writing of  professional writers who should be adept at creating  error free  documents or articles, but  fall short? You would think that people who  write for prestigious magazines of news outlet would  take the time to actually check their writing before hitting publish. I think it is the fault of  the texting apps of social media, which have  deceived many into thinking that  grammar and punctuation is no longer required or even to be desired. We all have Spellcheck technology nowadays, do we not? However, this does not mean  that we no longer need to examine our own writing to be sure it is free of error. Spelling and grammar programs are tools at our disposal, but we all should remember that there is no replacement for the human eye in proofing our writings.

I see errors in writing everywhere, and I must confess that I am a bit of a grammar  drill sergeant.  I really am.  As a girl, I found myself to be a compulsive proof reader, not only of my own writing, but everyone else’s too.

Now, I find myself reading many documents, articles, blogs, etc- all online. It seems that the more we use technology to do out writing, the less we rely on our own human ability to read and proof the text.  I see evidence of this  on Facebook ( not surprising, since many people are using FB on the phone by app technology  which I said already is affecting the writing).  I mentioned news outlets. Writers on these sites are producing  many articles which contain mistakes that  can easily  be discerned and corrected  simply by reading one’s writing aloud before publishing. Some of the errors I find are the use of an incorrect article (the  use of the word A being used when the word The would be a more natural fit).  Sometimes the wrong word is used altogether, and sometimes  the subject is not in  agreement with the verb.  I was reading  a popular magazine a few weeks ago and on the cover it had a lovely photo of a beloved  couple. The article was about  this couple  making a significant change  in life. I was horrified when the cover spoke of the  saying  goodbye to the past as follows.

“The beloved couple say goodbye.”

No, no, and no. Just no.

“The couple says ‘goodbye’ ” would be correct. A couple which we know is made up of two people, is one unit  and a singular subject.  Two people may say goodbye, but one couple says goodbye.

Why do I care? Because I believe it is important to write well- to excel in the task. Another thing to think about is credibility. Do you value your credibility as a writer? If you do, as I do; if you want to be held in regard as  being knowledgable in your field, it is important to  write  well, and adhere to  the highest standard of writing excellence possible.






Nation of Immigrants

President Donald J. Trump  created quite a stir when he  signed  the recent executive order  on immigration. It was titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”

Why was this done? Do we not  require those who come to the United States  from other countries to first obtain a Visa?  A  U.S. Visa  may be granted  either for the non- immigrant who wants to come to the United States  temporarily (as for business), or it may be obtained  for immigration purposes ( to move here permanently). This second type is what we call a “green card.”

Seems silly to call for a halt  of visas if we are reviewing applicants seeking to come here, doesn’t it?  But, apparently, President Trump believes that after 9/11, “numerous foreign-born individuals” admitted to our country by way of a  visa “have been implicated in terrorism”.  Research indicates this to be true.

But, is this a good reason to refuse entrance to those who are foreign-born?  Are we giving way to fear-mongering by  restricting visas even for a short while? And, by the way, aren’t we all descendants of immigrants, anyway?

What this order is supposed to do is  suspend  the issue of visas  to people of  seven countries. They are: Iraq, Iran, Libia, Somalia, Sudan,  Syria, and Yemen.  None of the language in this order states that the reason is because these people are Muslim. Instead, it shows the reason being  a high number of radicals from these countries. I found it interesting, as I read the order  ( yes, I read the executive order)that these countries had been identified as problematic by President Barak Hussein Obama previously.  So, perhaps  President Trump acting on this information is a wise decision.

The suspension on visas is temporary, lasting 90 days. As for it being a ban on Muslims,  the fact is that a person cannot come from the nations listed, even if that individual is  Jewish or some other faith.  If you are from the countries named, you wait. Period. However, the  news reporters continue to refer to the ban as a ban on Muslims. It is, however, not. It is a ban on visas from particular countries.

The president also wants a database created to track  data on  any criminal activity committed by  such foreign nationals while on U.S. soil; particularly on terrorist activity.

The president has both the right and obligation to  implement these things if  there is sufficient cause to  believe that  “the entry of any class of aliens to the United States would be  detrimental  to in interests of the United States.”

It has also come to my attention that Kuwait has also placed what is known as a blanket ban on  five countries, that cannot visit Kuwait, or get visas for that country.   Kuwait has banned Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  This leads me to believe there is good reason for the suspension on visas to these regions because of the instability of the same.

As I sat writing this today, I got a notification via  social media from one of our soldiers serving in Iraq.  According to this young man, he was instructed to not go into town, because the locals  would  resist him, simply because of his being American. This conversation took place  before the travel ban order. It seems reasonale to conclude that if  our people are not safe in certain parts of the world, we might be better off to not be quick to be so welcoming, at least for the duration of the travel ban.It’s a lot to think about. It really is!