In "Dumbth," (Times, Jan. 21) Steve Allen updates us on the demise of American smarts. I'm sure that we can all find examples in our daily lives of this serious and embarrassing cultural problem.
The other night in a Westwood bar I was chatting with a professional woman in the financial field. It was just days after the U.S. intervention in Panama, and I asked her if she was disturbed by the invasion.
She said yes, but then went on to say that she was more bothered by the fact that Noriega had been sending the letter bombs to the judges in Florida (confusing the situation with a completely unrelated story in Alabama). She must have had an extra drink when she read the newspapers.
And a UCLA journalism classmate, who happens to be from Switzerland, told me this week that she went shopping at Bullocks recently. She paid with her credit card from a Swiss bank. "Switzerland?" asked the teller, "what state is that in?"