Up Is Down, Wrong Is Right
Who doesn’t read the Lewiston Sun Journal?
Its editors, apparently.
If they did, they might have noticed a couple of errors in the main headline on the front page of the May 20 edition. That banner, above a story about the proposed state budget, read, “Spending up, taxes level.”
Here’s the second paragraph of that story:
“The biennial budget package represents an overall reduction in state spending from the previous biennium.”
So much for “Spending up.”
Later in the piece, readers are told that the budget will suspend the indexing of income-tax brackets for inflation, which “would result in an average increase of $12 or $13 for each Maine income tax filer affected.” In all, the story says, 450,000 people will pay more.
So much for “taxes level.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve taken the Sun Journal to task for sloppy editing, but this is certainly the most egregious recent example. This paper needs to improve its quality control in a hurry.
Otherwise, so much for credibility.
Al Diamon can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.