Dumber than we think

Barbara Gunnell ("Who says we're dumbing down?", 13 December) gives the popularity of translations of classical authors as evidence of a rising intellectual level, but does it occur to her that one reason may be the increasing inability to read them in their original languages?

Also, demand for opera tickets is high, but demand for tickets to classical concerts has been declining for some time.

Carolyn Beckingham
Lewes, East Sussex