In reading the article on the April 17 Belknap County Convention meeting, I noted the rather puzzling headline which stated that the commissioners and delegates traded barbs. Not so much, actually, as the head of the convention and the head of the executive committee acted very professionally despite the base ad hominem attacks sent in their direction by the commissioners.
Now, if they had made an observation that there has not been so much huffing and puffing by the commissioners, all in vain, since the little pigs upgraded from straw to brick — that would be a barb.
This example may clarify the difference between a barb and the judicious observations made by Representatives Worsman and Tilton.
Rep. Dick Burchell