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Language Barriers – Opinions, Opinions, Opinions…

Posted on: 18/01/2010

The article “Language barrier adds burdens to police and public” (Page A1, Sunday) is totally misguided. The problem is not that there are too few police officers who speak English. The problem is there are too few residents who speak English. If someone chooses to immigrate to this country, they should also be responsible for learning and using the predominant language — English. If I decided to live in France, I would expect to speak French to survive in that culture. If I decided to live in Mexico, I would expect to speak Spanish the majority of the time. I seriously doubt that outside of the primary tourist areas of the country you would find English-capable civil servants. Saying we need more Spanish-speaking police officers, city and county workers, ballots, notices, etc., only addresses the symptom. The problem would continue to exist, unabated.

For more opinions see: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6816482.html

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