I am, alas, also not surprised by the moronic tone of many of the correspondents. While many of them made perfectly valid, reasonable points, many of them....didn't. Oh, British teeth jokes. So hilarious. Because you know, every American has access to top notch dental care. And when I had to get a wisdom tooth urgently extracted there, it didn't cost my weekly wage. Oh wait, it did! And then there are jokes about tea! Oh, the hilarity.
Which is why I loved this one:
MAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TOOTH CAPPED. I UNDERSTAND IT TAKES AT LEAST 18 MONTHS FOR YOUR GREAT MEDICAL SERVICES TO GET AROUND TO YOU. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Yeah, Ms/Mr Kentucky, unlike the good old U S of A, where I was charged $500 for a five minute consultation at a Boston hospital when I was working in the city for the summer. And that was back in 1997, I can only imagine what it would cost now. Luckily my insurance from home covered it, or I'd have had to sell a kidney or something. Access to health care is not something America can boast about.
I used to visit the UK every year. I love the history and culture of your country. But after I heard about your campaign to influence our elections, I've decided that neither myself, nor my family will ever visit again. I'm offended by your campaign and because of it, I'm remembering more of the negative aspects I've seen in the UK than the positive ones. Though I still love the castles!
Good for you, castle lover! You sad sack. You know, if I was going to base my visits to countries on what their newspapers said about my own native land, I would never have set foot in the US, ever. However, as I am not a moron, I do not base my opinion of America as a whole on its newspapers, let alone on one newspaper, which is why I will continue to visit America, the country in which I have spent more time than any other outside my own.