Friday letters: Make ballots plain for all

08/08/2014 12:00 AM

08/07/2014 4:38 PM

In response to your Tuesday editorial, “Put simple explanations on ballots,” the American Press Institute reports that sentences should strive for an average of 20 words. When the average length is eight words, readers comprehend at a 100 percent rate; 15 words results in 90 percent comprehension; 19 words, 80 percent; and 28 words, 50 percent.

In addition, consider word choice: Words with three syllables or fewer increase readability. One way to calculate the readability of a written piece is to apply the Gunning Fog index. Send the writers back to school so they can write for all to understand.

Robert Baxla

Columbia

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