Too many words?

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2003

I read Joe Geldhof's letter to the editor published Sunday, Oct. 26, titled "Not speaking for the organization." I think Mr. Geldhof was telling us that he does not speak on behalf of his employer, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA), when he comments about the cruise ship industry. It sure took him a lot of words to say that, though. I never thought he purported to speak for MEBA in that regard, but understand how people could make such an association.

In the letter Mr. Geldhof repeatedly refers to statements, comments and quotes "attributed to" him, including one to "correct the out-of-context statement attributed to" him. Finally, in his concluding 58-word sentence, he refers to his comments as "any statements I made" (that ownership is commendable).

All those words make me wonder if there is more there than the basic message I came away with, or not. I have nothing against lawyers. I've been satisfied on the few occasions I retained an attorney to represent or advise me.

I checked my e-mail after reading the paper. One was a forwarded lawyer jokes message from a friend. Joke two of 20 was:

"How can a pregnant woman tell that she's carrying a future lawyer? She has an uncontrollable craving for baloney."

Pete Rogers


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