Translators by the handful are more important than having millions spend years of suffering and pain in learning another language in which they will never be as good in reading it as a gifted translator. Yes, Americans are bad in learning languages, but our language is one of the most understood and read in the world. If you are a Dane or a Lett or a Maltese you have to learn some widely used language or you are dead.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.