LETTER: Reign of error

In the fifth paragraph of the June 17 Viewpoint, just a single sentence, "reigns" is misused; "reins" would be f
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

In the fifth paragraph of the June 17 Viewpoint, just a single sentence, "reigns" is misused; "reins" would be far more appropriate.

Perhaps some people would say that a superintendent reigns over the school district, but a reign usually connotes royalty and absolute power. I vividly remember the last time I held reins in my hands during the summer of 1945 to control a team of horses raking hay on our farm while I was home on furlough from an army hospital where I was recovering from a combat injury. Only a gentle pull was needed to guide the team left or right or to bring it to a full stop. That gentle direction is the manner in which I would expect Mr. Tucker to act in his new position.

Homonyms can be a bit tricky. This pair has a companion, a word that describes the addition of the moisture so much needed in the area during the past several days.

Gilbert C. Dehnkamp

Perkins Twp.