Letter to the Editor

Lead vs. lead

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dear Ms. Moore,

I found your fan mail interesting ["Stupid stereotypes" http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1229693.html].

As you may know the term "lead" has at least two meanings. 

I was using the No. 1 and No. 2 preferred meanings defined in my Merriam-Webster Dictionary which means "to guide on the way" as when a rope is fastened to the ring in a bull's nose and he is "lead" around by his owner, hence "lead ring."

The No. 3 definition refers the bluish white metal. If one were to use the metal lead in one's piercings it would probably poison the body, specifically causing diminished brain function, but then I repeat myself.

Dick Trail


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  • No comment on your indoor swimming pool or how you were a commander in the Air Force? Not even a comment about being a former city councilman or pillar of this community? But then I did notice your condescending attitude, so that counts in your favor. You give the true definitions to pompous and arrogant.

    -- Posted by David Mac on Thu, Jul 19, 2007, at 10:22 AM
  • Dick:

    I have known you as a classmate and buddy for the past sixty years, and if there is one thing you are not, it's pompous or arrogant. If there is anyone who I know that has earned the right have a bit of an attitude, it's Dick Trail. You have been there, done that and have the scars to prove it. Can your critics make that statement? Sure, I have a tattoo. It's about the size of a quarter, usually hidden by my wristwatch. I got it in Sasebo, Japan, when it was part of a sailor's ritual. Do I regret it? You **** betcha! Would I do it again? Probably, given the circumstances.

    I am reminded of a statement from Bill Gothard, a prominent educator. When asked why he didn't drink, smoke or do anything that might harm his body, he said "Others may. I cannot".

    Like you, I cannot.

    John Everett Goolsby

    -- Posted by everett on Thu, Jul 19, 2007, at 1:54 PM
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