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Bethlehem Area Public Library
Mar. 12 and Mar 14, 2009
11 West Church Street will hold a book sale at noon to 8 pm. Thursday and 10 am. to 4 pm. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the library. For information call 610-867-3761, ext. 259.

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Mar. 16, 2009
11 West Church Street will hold its 5 week story-time program beginning March 16, 2009. Classes also will be held at the South Side Branch. To register, call the main library at 610-867-3761, ext. 499 or the South Side Branch at 610-867-7852.

Remember when college meant something. You studied hard, visited the school library everyday, burned the midnight oil, and yes even crammed for that test. WOW, those were the good old days.

Well, times they are a-changin! A recent study by the researchers at University of California-Irvine found that a third of the students surveyed said they expect a “B” just for attending lectures, and 40% say they deserve a “B” just for completing the required reading.

One University senior commented, “I think putting in a lot of effort should merit a high grade. I mean, what else is there really than effort that you put in?”

Another student said, “If one goes to class and reads every chapter in the book and then does everything the teacher asked and more, then they should be getting an “A” for their effort”.

Back in the old days we worked and put in effort to get a “result”. Some of us got an “A” result, some of us a “B” result, some of us a “C” result and some even got a “F” result. We all put in some effort. Some of us just learned more from our effort. And that’s the magic of education. You get graded for what you learn and the results you produce not just the effort.

Employers want and need workers that can lean their jobs and produce results not just put in an effort. American industry is in for some hard times if the future work force just shows up and puts in some marginal effort!

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Prepositions are words that express some relations to a noun, pronoun, phrase or clause, which follows it.

Adverbs are words that modify or qualify verbs.

Now that we have all of that technical stuff out of the way let’s talk about the destruction of the English language. These days, Americans are becoming lazy when it comes to speaking their own language.

Here are two prime examples, one preposition and one adverb that exemplify the growing ignorance in America of our own language. I gave the two definitions above for the benefit of all the enlightened self-absorbed graduates of our education system that either slept through grammar or just had the misfortunate to attend a school district that did not teach grammar. Hell, some of the younger teachers do not even know their grammar.

I am sure you all have heard this common preposition abomination – “I graduated college this year” WOW! The sad commentary is that a real live actual college graduate made this statement. Do any of you “A” students see the mistake? Well if not here is the correct statement. “I graduated from college this year”.

You graduate “from college”, you cannot and I repeat cannot “graduate college”. I hear this one on television, and in casual conversations with people all of the time.

Now here is the second abomination, the adverb example. “ I went to the festival today, it was so fun”. WRONG! Students do you see this blaring mistake? Yes? No? Well here is the correct sentence. “I went to the festival today, it was so much fun”.

Follow this please – “fun” is used as a noun. Everyone knows that only adjectives can modify a noun. On the other hand “so” is an adverb, which can modify an adjective. Finally “much” is the adjective in this sentence therefore “so much fun” is the correct grammar. Sorry if that is too difficult to follow but it is the one and only correct way to say that phrase in English

It’s time we take some pride in our language and try to speak it correctly.