Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
I got an email the other day that I’ll condense here for you, but it made an interesting point. It listed the number of words contained in well-known pieces of writing, like the Lord’s prayer, 66 words; the 10 Commandments, 179 words, the Gettysburg address, 286 words, and ended with a not-so-well-known document, government regulations on the sale of cabbage — 26,911 words.
I checked it out, and like so many dire messages that go out daily from this medium, it was the figment of someone’s imagination. It found traction with a ready audience of Americans fed up with the bloated size of government and the continued growth of government bureaucracies.