Who Writes This Stuff And What Grade Is He In?

These 2 lines of text have been driving me nuts all damn day,
especially the last sentence.

Wellington County OPP have collected almost 350 marijuana plants from two farms outside of Fergus. The farmers called police after they noticed the plants growing among their corn. Police remind landowners that July is the month when marijuana plants are often illegally planted.

As opposed to all of those other months when it’s done to the letter of the law. Why is the word illegally needed here? It just makes whoever wrote this or whoever provided that quote look like an idiot. What would have been wrong with saying police remind land owners that July is the month when marijuana is often planted? It gets the same thing across without providing needless information.

Yes, I know I’m nitpicking here, but what’s wrong with holding your city’s newspaper of record to a high standard? Kids are using this publication to learn about the world and to some extent as an example of how to properly form thoughts and sentences. Mistakes like this aren’t doing them or the rest of us any favours.

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