(UNEDITED)Understanding words is important and so is their effective use. In his quotation mark laden hodgepodge (It helps to understand important words, OSE Viewpoint, October 3, 2010) John W. Reynolds moves from the need for a Creator to the meaning of "thousand," to "deep six," to his amateur's assessment of D.C. rallies. About midway through his conservative ramble Reynolds writes that "... they [Obama, Biden, and Clinton] promised to fix all of George Bush's mistakes ...," thereby revealing an important word that he himself needs to understand: "accuracy."
I can find no credible report that those 2008 presidential hopefuls ever made such a promise and surely they knew that not even a wizard could perform such a feat. Who could possibly think that anyone could,
1. restore all the lives, limbs, health, infrastructure, effort and money lost in Bush's ill-conceived Iraq war or,
2. return to the national coffers the tax revenue lost with the Bush tax cuts - which were not paid for and were supposed to grow the economy, but for the most part only grew the deficit and the wealth of already wealthy people or,
3. regain the international cooperation to limit greenhouse gases that was lost when Bush and Cheney ousted Christie Todd Whitman at EPA?
Yes, understanding words is important, but their relevant, cogent and accurate use is more important.