As illustration, consider the below exhibits. They're from Denver newspapers, but similar examples can be found all over the country.
From a column by Cindy Rodriguez in today's Denver Post:
Of course, one can't get to that point if they haven't gotten past Step 1.From a column by Marty Meitus in yesterday's Rocky Mountain News (one of the very few news or opinion pieces that refreshingly didn't mention JonBenet Ramsey):
Meantime, the men would be outside, inventing things such as cars, so that way out in the [future] 21st century, one of their ancestors could call his mother...
GAH!!! How is our kids going to learn if they don't got good examples?
Full disclosure: I am a recovering copy editor and proofreader.