The denial by the Payson mayor that the town be called a "bully" (Roundup Feb. 18) for stealing Star Valley water, directed me to a dictionary and the meaning of the word "bully." Depending on how the word is used, as a noun, verb or adjective, my dictionary says this:
Bully: "A person who likes to hurt those weaker than him(her)self."
Comment: Payson -- big. Star Valley -- small.
Bully: "Excellent, admirable, jolly, dashing, gallant."
Comment: The mayor?
Bully: "Well done!"
Comment: A number of town staff members? Does this mean like a "cooked goose"?
Bully: "To coerce by threats, intimidate."
Comment: The town legal department?
Bully: "To be quarrelsome and blustering."
Comment: The town council?
Bully, and finally: "Canned or pickled (beef)."
Comment: Well, some residents believe that should be done (canned) with some of the Payson's staff members.
Life goes on.
Dave Engleman, Payson