Your Phoenix correspondent, Clare Goldsberry, owes apologies to many people, dead and alive, the very people who made the industry you serve. I mean the in-ventor, starting with Baekeland. According to Webster, to invent means: ``to devise by thinking; to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment.'' Syno-nyms of ``invent'' are to create and to discover. To cheat, steal and pretend are not among them.
Your job is to present trade information and economic news pertinent to our industry-and you are doing it very well indeed. So well, in fact, that I don't mind comments in your paper that are outside its scope.
I stop at Goldsberry's Page 18, May 6 Perspective, ``Molders of invention beware.'' It is ignorant, laced with arrogance, lacking the elementary intelligence to avoid offending your readers. For it is not the inventor she offends-she doesn't have the standing to do that. Rather, it is the mold maker and molder she has the cheek to patronize, just because she found out about a couple of them whose brain was clouded by greed.
A friendly suggestion: Buy Goldsberry a copy of Fowler and of ``A Manual of Style'' (University of Chicago Press).
Cartoon hits home with Internet surfer
I am a long-term subscriber to your publication and also a long-term member of the plastics industry. Recently you published a cartoon with a man sitting in front of a computer screen and his wife asking, ``Mel, just when is `surf down'?'' referring to the net, I presume.
What makes this cartoon so in-teresting to me is my name is Mel and my Internet handle is Surf-mel; I am also well-known in the industry by my e-mail handle of Surfmel. As a result, I've had nu-merous calls, e-mails, faxes, etc.
I've told my friends that I am flattered, but it's just a coincidence.
Equitable Bag Co. Inc.
San Rafael, Calif.
Goldsberry remarks show thoughtfulness
I wanted to comment on correspondent Clare Goldsberry's courage in writing the Page 20, May 6 Perspective article, ``Pur-chasing agents' role may see a change.''
It's obvious that she collected several impressions and drew a conclusion, a conclusion I personally believe is correct.
I am impressed at the thoughtful, deliberate way Goldsberry is approaching industry issues.