Richard Myers | Attention to Detail vs. Getting Attention

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Letters to the Editor

It seems there are times when politicians just want to speak just to hear themselves.

Then there are times when they just want to gain attention. I think that’s what motivated Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri to object in the (Electoral College) hearings. He certainly had to know his objection wasn’t going anywhere. By the way, I listened to his argument and noted that he used a word that doesn’t exist: “irregardless” is not a word, but he used it. Perhaps that’s knit picking, but I think that’s all his effort deserves.

Richard Myers


Editor’s note:  Do you mean “nitpicking”? Irregardless, we get your point, but it bears noting that Merriam-Webster, in response to the question, “Is irregardless a word?” provides the following answer: “Yes. It may not be a word that you like, or a word that you would use in a term paper, but irregardless certainly is a word. It has been in use for well over 200 years, employed by a large number of people across a wide geographic range and with a consistent meaning. That is why we, and well-nigh every other dictionary of modern English, define this word. Remember that a definition is not an endorsement of a word’s use.”

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