Seems everyone has an opinion regarding our recent editorial about Julia Roberts' use of expletives in her Lincoln Center tribute to Tom Hanks. Reader Doug Gerbino now weighs in:
I have just read the reply to your article on Julia Roberts language, and I think your reader is off the mark in her rebuttal of your first article. It is not what Ms. Roberts said, it is where she it. There is a time and a place for everything, and that award ceremony was not it. Your comments on the dumbing down of society are so true. As a school teacher, I see the daily sad effects of this trend. Forget Swine Flu...the Cultural Illiteracy is the real panedmic. As the Marschallin in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier says, "In the 'how'...there lays the difference."
- Doug Gerbino
Retro Responds: Doug, you took the words write out of my mouth. I don't know how many times I've used Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier to illustrate a point! Not that I want to contribute to the cultural illiteracy that we both agree is a plague on society, but isn't Der Rosenkavalier the German release title for Don Knotts' The Ghost and Mr. Chicken?