Regarding the passing of Roger Ebert:
There was a time when life didn't depend on politics. Whether it was the '60s, '70s or '80s, there was always thumbs up or thumbs down, on movies or life.
I did miss Gene Siskel, and the passing of Jim Henson of the Muppets, but there was always still Roger Ebert.
It was a softer time. We could talk or challenge each other on subjects of our choice. No one wanted to "kill" anyone else in the real world. It was always just a verbal exchange. We could go on with life, knowing that we each had a different opinion on the subject.
I will miss Roger Ebert, and a time when people could communicate with, rather than denigrate, each other.