When I read the editorial from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday with the headline “Illogical ruling affirms subsidies,” I could not help but think of the advice from Humpty Dumpty, in “Through the Looking Glass,” the 1871 book by the Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll: “ ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
“ “The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
“ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’ ”
I then read the accompanying column “Health overhaul earns final victory” by Paul Krugman.
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It seems to me that the majority of the justices heeded Humpty Dumpty’s advice, and in all the present circumstances made the proper interpretation.