There are some websites that work brilliantly with a responsive layout and some that don’t. I’ve been playing with this layout for a few weeks now and the responsive mode just mashes everything up. I’ve decided that for the time being to turn it off until I can get it all in working order rather than have the text walk all over itself—it just looks worse that way.
The thing about responsive design in my opinion is that it is yet another dimension of complexity to understand. It’s probably the case that a few gentle tweaks would suddenly make the whole layout work out, but it requires time I don’t have at the moment.