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Oh, dear. Must I in my advancing years give up entirely on the English language as I have learned it and spoken it all my life? What one might call proper English, what I hope is being taught in English classes all over the world?

I can tolerate mistakes made by those just learning the language ” small children just learning to speak, ESL students, and educationally deprived individuals ” even the faddish terminology invented by our youth. But when I hear a TV announcer, or even, God forbid, a school teacher, say something like “the book is laying on the table,” I have the sensation of being hit over the head with a two-by-four.

People, people! Hens lay eggs! “Lay” in the present tense means to place or put. Surely the book is not laying anything, least of all an egg. It is lying on the table. Or, another example, “I am going to lie down.” If you used “lay,” one might wonder what you are going to lay down. An egg, perhaps?

And what about this “Me and So-and-so are going to the movies?” First of all it, is considered to be respectful to mention So-and-so’s name first. Secondly, the test for choosing between “me” and “I” is how it would sound if you decided not to include So-and-so in your trip to the movies. Would you say “Me am going to the movies?” I hope not.

Color me Ms. Fuddy-duddy if you wish. I don’t claim to have perfect English, and I know languages change over time, but if we are headed for a sort of sloppy rap in our communications, I fervently hope it doesn’t happen while I’m still around.

Pat Girardot

Glenwood Springs

On Nov. 29 after an accident closed I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, news articles said the highway was open after about three hours. Baloney. I sat in my car on the side of the road in Dotsero from 3 in the afternoon until almost 8 p.m.

After westbound I-70 finally opened, the authorities would not let those of us who had been waiting longest get back on the road. The Dotsero entrance ramp back onto I-70 west remained blocked for another 30 minutes. I managed to return east, to Gypsum, on the frontage road and get onto I-70 and head west again.

In my opinion, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) badly mishandled this situation. Traffic management was lax. There was no information available on any radio station I could find. It was pretty obvious to me there is no contingency plan for handling this kind of situation.

Perhaps the state should set up a task force to implement one. After this second accident in as many weeks, caused apparently by speeding semi-trailer trucks, it seems like the State Patrol and CDOT should take some action to get these vehicles to slow down. The dangerous, Hanging Lake area on I-70 should have better and possibly full-time speed enforcement.

Larry Tallmadge


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