Thursday, August 16, 2012

Please say that again - only more clearly

Yesterday I saw the end of an article in the Idaho Press-Tribune that wasn’t uninteresting. It was titled Nampa School District $2.8 million short in budget (or about 4%), and it concluded with:

“ 'There is nothing here that is not insurmountable,' Nampa CEO Pete Koehler said to the board. 'Our children will continue to receive a first-class education and we’ll do everything to take care of our staff.' ”

That first sentence is confusing. When you expand it and cancel out the double negative, the result is the opposite of reassuring. Oops!

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