In your Between the Lines column last week (Sept. 13 edition), somehow you credit Plattsburg High School for Guy Speckman’s choice of words as he used the word ‘opulent’ (in Ponder the Thought on page 3 of the same edition).
I have no connections to this school but I am pretty sure they are not responsible. This becomes rather apparent when you go further down in his column where he writes referring to property valuations: “This has been exasperated by lawmakers…”, but obviously means ‘This has been exacerbated..’.
Teachers in a high school would clearly know that to exasperate stands for to irritate, annoy, etc, whereas exacerbate means worsen, aggravate, etc.
But maybe both of you just want to see if your readers pay attention when they read your columns ?
---Klaus Karbaumer Platte City