Dear editor:

“Democracy” is described as “government by the people, esp. rule of the majority.” It contains two Greek bases: demos, meaning “people,” and kratos, “strength, pwer.” However, there exists a common feeling that we the people are powerless, and the government doesn’t work for us.

such a lamentable possibility may result from the fact that we don’t satisfy the most basic tenet of collective government: the ability to communicate effectively through speech and the written word.

One need only to acknowledge erroneous habits in the ways we talk and communicate by writing. For example, the utterance “irregardless” contains the prefix “ir,” meaning “not,” and the suffix “-less” meaning “without.” Therefore, the misspoken word actually means “not without regard,” the opposite of what is meant.

Regarding the written word, we commit simple spelling errors, and grammar and usage mistakes in the printed media. Such mistakes reveal that our ability to communicate effectively through speech and the written word is in critical condition. To those who think spelling and talking properly aren’t important, I agree; unless, that is, you want to have a voice in your government and a modium of control over your life.

Winston Churchill said it best: “What worse than democracy? Everything else.”


Eric Olson, Warren