Delete the "de" from modest and the result is most.
A recent ACWA report about the draft Economic Sustainability Plan from the Delta Protection Commission had the following incorrect quote. "Most agricultural impacts could be offset by recreation economy gains." The concluding chapter of the draft plan actually states, "Modest agricultural impacts could be offset by recreation economy gains."
Those two letters changes the meaning of the sentence quite a bit. Maybe it is my turn to write a scathing letter to John Laird.
(The last sentence is a joke. If you knew the pain I have endured this month for a would/could mistake that was quickly corrected, you might find it funny.)