Sec. of State John Kerry speaks French? Mon Dieu!


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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Kerry gets to let his Europhilia loose," March 2

I am continuously astounded by the ignorance and, yes, the stupidity of conservatives who "consider it unpatriotic and vaguely unmanly" to speak languages other than English. Not only are they holding the country hostage with their economic demands, now they are critical of educated Americans, one of whom is Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

I do wish these destructive people would crawl back into the woodwork.

Lynne Okon Scholnick

Long Beach


I think it is wonderful that Kerry speaks several languages and uses them in diplomacy. His skills will make communication with foreign leaders clearer, without the need for interpreters, and will show the world that we are not completely insular.

Do Kerry's conservative critics not realize that French men speak French, German men speak German and Italian men speak Italian? Are European men to be ridiculed for speaking English?

Julie May

Los Angeles


While Kerry had to practice his foreign language skills on his diplomatic trip to Europe, it would have been so much easier had he been a Republican. In that case all he would have had to learn to say was "no" in the various languages.

Bernard Rapkin

Los Angeles

freedom fries Congress

  • While on a concert tour in the late 80's, we were in Brugge. We were sitting in a local park area eating wonderful broasted chicken and drinking a superb local beer. A local fruit and vegetable vendor who travels to the market by bicycle with about 10 or 11 produce boxes strapped over the rear wheel, spotted us. He introduced himself and asked if we were Americans (first hint, sitting outdoors in January tearing a chicken apart and drinking beer from the bottle). He told us he spoke 9 languages but english wasn't his best. I commented that I spoke only one and english wasn't my best either.
    English-centric morons (or is it morans) drive me crazy. I laugh at the fools who can't spell secdee or moran correctly. But we still treasure the photos and the memory of that day shared with a delightful man who took  the time to speak with us.

  • Sally

    I hate to tell the GOP, but any 'exceptionalism' that the US once had, has evaporated due to their insistence on dumbing down America to keep themselves rich and in power. We are now exceptionally stupid.