I was born in 1968 and went to public schools all my life in Fl, TX and DODDS in Europe. I am the worlds worst speller and am the champion of run on sentences. With that said when i read a state like "There are some shows which should never be remade and this is one of them." or like "The role was specifically designed around James Garner." I presume them to statements of fact made by the person writing them.
Hey no matter how much I love an old show there is allways a chance it may get remade. Who hell thought they would remake V as an example. Since I liked the original I will give the remake a chance it will either succede ala BSG or fail Like Bionic Woman.
Well, I did only quote the sentence with "should" in it. I would agree with you that the other sentence was presented as a statement of fact. Without knowing the person's level of knowledge of the subject, I would certainly treat it as that person's opinion of the facts.
I'm older than you, cj, and my understanding of words parallels yours. Opinion is what is labeled. Anything not labeled as opinion is taken to be an assertion of fact.
In a newspaper, news articles don't each say on to "this is fact".... but the editorials are always on a page clearly marked as opinion.
I'm a few years older than CJ as well, but what I learned in school was just the opposite. In fact, newspaper articles were the examples used to help us determine what is fact and what is opinion. Though they do label opinions on the editorial page, you'd be surprised how much opinion you find in the news section of many papers.
I guess I take the point of view taken from scientific or other research papers: If it's not reliably attributed (or evidence given), it's only that person's opinion or at best their point of view of the facts. Knowledge of the person and their expertise or knowledge on a subject may make me more or less likely to trust their point of view of the facts.
I guess that people with my point of view will need to remember to label our opinions better, so that we are better understood. And people with your point of view can benefit by remembering that not everyone feels the need to label their opinions as opinions.