I was deeply offended by this phrase in Gallo's letter:
"I just chalked it (misspellings of English words in Italian newspapers) up to the incompetence of the Italian journalists--after all, incompetence is the standard there in almost every other facet of life."
I lived in Italy for quite some time, and my impression was just the opposite. When I or a friend needed dental work or a shoe repaired or a book rebound, we found that Italian workmanship was always excellent. Whether it be automobiles, weaponry, fashion, art, music or pasta, if it is made in Italy it is almost always state-of-the-art quality.
Even as journalists go, Oriana Fallaci and the late Luigi Barzini were renowned worldwide for their work. Forgive me for also mentioning Carlo Rubbia, who was Italian born and educated and who was awarded the 1984 Nobel Prize for physics--not for incompetence.