Originally Posted by arnguy
Al, I don't think English is his/her first language. Probably the fourth language!
From the construction of the post and use on contractions, I don't believe this is an ESL person. Anyway, that's why I asked the question instead of being critical.
My take is that IF this is an ESL person, there is a lot of slack that can be cut... but if not... well he/she is writing for an audience of several thousand professionals, and I believe one should take the time to edit one's postings as much as possible (yes, some mistakes will creep in... not a big deal) because others are more likely to answer your post if you sound semi-literate.
Part of the problem is that the schools and colleges don't teach nor do they insist on proper English to be spoken or written by their students.
Back-to-basics education, charter schools, and vouchers are some of the things I agree with the conservatives on. Lots of moderates like myself do... but no one listens to those of us who are not on the fringe left or right.