Letters to the Editor

Get the words right

There is a proliferation of material that is rephrased and taken out of context from articles, columns, books and editorials by those seeking affirmation for their political, religious and societal views.

Whether this tendency to distort contextual meaning is intentional or not, it results in fallacious assertions and sweeping conclusions that alter original concepts.

The meaning of words, by necessity, must be fixed so that written and spoken vocabulary is coherent. Opposing viewpoints are often instructive, but only if they are based on an accurate rendering of information and statements previously provided.

Paula Ann Costis