Not Because-Minutemen

1. Coats wasn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.

Coats was fired, but not for using a legal drug, marijuana for which he has a prescription for. He was fired due to violating workplace policy.

2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

An employer is able to fire you, but not for having anxiety and taking the correct medication for the issue.

3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

Employees can go out for a few beers after work because alcohol is legal and not get fire, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired for this.

5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms with marijuana, which is not a fair reason to discriminate against him.

6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.

Coats was harming people on his own time with his marijuana smoking, but he never was harming anyone at his job.

BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

Omar Gonzalez made it to the front door of the White House, but wasn’t able to penetrate deep into Obama’s home due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it  responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

The Secret Service is under question for how the breach occurred, but is not compelled to explain how they responded to the breach.

9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

The incompetence of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson might cost her her job, but this has nothing to do with her testimony before congress yesterday.

10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

Secret service saw that the intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, so they did not use deadly force against him.

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1 Response to Not Because-Minutemen

  1. davidbdale says:

    1. Coats was fired, but not for using a legal drug, marijuana for which he has a prescription. He was fired due to violating workplace policy.
    —Everything about this edit is fine except that you substituted the godawful “due to” for the vastly superior “for.” The horrible phrase “due to” is misused twice for every time it’s used correctly, and it is never better than the alternatives.

    2. An employer is able to fire you, but not for having anxiety and taking the correct medication for the issue.
    —Again, technically correct, but, when you can, go with “can fire you” as the better alternative to “is able to fire you.” And, if it’s not too much to ask, avoid the word “issue,” too, especially when, as in this case, “it” will do.

    3. Employees can go out for a few beers after work because alcohol is legal and not get fire, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    —It’s unclear to me from your version that the meaning of the claim is that marijuana after work should be as acceptable as beer after work. “but in Colorado, so is marijuana” still sounds like a complaint or an objection.

    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired for this.
    —Sure, but a much easier fix is available: “Coats shouldn’t have been fired for treating his chronic pain.”

    5. He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms with marijuana, which is not a fair reason to discriminate against him.
    —Lovely.

    6. Coats was harming people on his own time with his marijuana smoking, but he never was harming anyone at his job.
    —I disagree with your interpretation of the meaning of the original, but your solution is valid and grammatical.

    7. Omar Gonzalez made it to the front door of the White House, but wasn’t able to penetrate deep into Obama’s home due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    —This one doesn’t solve the problem. It shifts the Not/Because to “wasn’t able . . . due to.”
    —I’m going to fix this one for you with a Positive Verb to replace the Negative “didn’t penetrate.”
    —Omar Gonzalez made it to the front door of the White House, but WAS PREVENTED from penetrating deep into Obama’s home BY the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service is under question for how the breach occurred, but is not compelled to explain how they responded to the breach.
    —Very smart.

    9. The incompetence of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson might cost her her job, but this has nothing to do with her testimony before congress yesterday.
    —Very nice.

    10. Secret service saw that the intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, so they did not use deadly force against him.
    —Not perfect. A weapon of any kind deep in the White House might be cause for deadly force. Can you indicate that the SMALLNESS of the weapon deterred the Service from shooting Gonzales?

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