Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
To talk big words is to present yourself and your opinion extravagantly, pompously and boastfully. It is a self-serving device that often backfires into causing a listener (reader) to lose interest, or worse, to lose respect for the big-talker.
Such is the case between letter writer Filomena Ricciardi (“Nothing Curious About Councilman,” July 2-8 issue of the Record Pilot) and myself. She impressed me at first. But her most recent diatribe mentioning Councilman Gallo, yet really aiming straight at the June 4 letter writer Judith Maher Frederic’s “third-rate smear journalism.” Bad move, Filomena. You lost me, and if you ask me, a majority of Record Pilot readers.
I am celebrating my 50th anniversary of living in Sea Cliff. I first arrived in the summer of 1964. I write letters to the editor only about my familiar hometown, with the exception of the provocative Vinny Suozzi-Don DeRiggi days in Glen Cove.
Without claiming to know as much about the city’s present-day politics, I found Filomena Ricciardi’s confounding big talk to be denigrating and disparaging toward Ms. Judith Maher Frederic’s down-to-earth writing style. Filomena Ricciardi should put aside her dictionary and write from off the top of her head, as most of us do, if she can.