Peter Sperry

I totally agree and have often noticed that many of those who focus the majority of their atttention on identifying and eliminating proofreading errors do so because they lack the intellectual capability to analyze an idea or concept on its underlying substantive merits. Organizations should always make sure skilled proofreaders are in the loop before any document “goes out of the office” but it is usually a mistake to include them in substantive policy analysis, development or implementation. They just tend to have thier priorities backwards and it is a waste of valuable time to argue trivia with them until it is time to polish the final product; at which point their contributions have some utility.