3 days ago
Reader Dick Ballentine brought up an excellent point to ponder today:
The Stars Wednesday story on President Obamas 2015 Federal Budget proposal quoted him in a manner I had not seen before and Im wondering if it is a new policy or practice or merely something I have missed or overlooked. He is quoted as saying As a country, weve got to make a decision if were gonna protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if were gonna make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy... (italics supplied). I believe gonna is slang for going to and that normally, unless the speaker is intentionally using slang to make his/her point, the term used by journalists would be going to.
The Star generally follows the Associated Press Stylebook. Its section on quotations in the news reads:
By Derek Donovan. 3 days ago