Partly Nonsense

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN
We picked the right time to go to, and get out of, Seattle. When the earthquake struck last week, our son, Dan, was standing outside of the condo project he was working on north of downtown.


He said his chop saw fell over and then the sidewalk started moving like a snake. Amazingly, the quake didn’t damage the building’s structure. He was also amazed by the number of people who were concerned about how he fared in the ordeal.


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I went to New York City once years ago. The day after I left, they had a major electrical blackout. Does this mean anything?


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This column might be my children’s. Daughter Amy and boys were in an Atlanta park near their home last week. Other women were there with kids, too.


Our Amy went over and introduced herself to one young woman and her little boy. Turned out it was former President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy.


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One thing that bugs me about publishing a newspaper is the little mistakes that creep into our pages. Last week we reported that Judy Klein was going to be managing the new antique shop opening across the street.


Well, she was Judy Klein 35 or so years ago, but is Judy Helmer now. She has a sister-in-law, Judy Klein, who works at Circle D. Both have a husband named Larry. So we have two Judys and two Larrys, two last names, Helmer and Klein, and Larry Klein’s sister, Judy Helmer, who used to be Klein.


The people who know the situation probably read past the error just like we did. But those who don’t were probably confused.


It could also be that we are now at an age where we are susceptible to calling people by names they had long ago. I have caught myself calling my grandson by my son’s name and Nancy sometimes calls our son, Dan, by her brother’s name, Dave. My dad used to sometimes call Dan by my brother’s name, Mark.


You get the picture.


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You could find literally thousands of mistakes in the pages of newspapers across the country. In defense of the reporters who write the stories, I would have to say that more than half of the errors are due to misinformation given to them, or from questions that may have not been asked because of deadline pressures.


But in most cases, the people who aren’t close to the situations don’t know the difference and the mistakes won’t affect them adversely. Any mistakes that appear in the Rocky Mountain News, for example, will have no effect on me.


Those who do know the situation, see clearly what is wrong and it may affect them adversely.


We appreciate those who take the time to let us know when we make misteaks-if for no other reason, so we won’t repeat them.

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