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Lunetta explained it just perfectly

Posted: July 17, 2010 11:07 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Steve Lunetta perfectly lays out the reasons why it is absolutely necessary for an American to read and understand English (“The cultural tie that binds us together,” July 12).

My husband’s parents came to the U.S. in 1929 (such timing) from Holland. Though fluent in several languages, neither of them spoke English. They immediately set about learning English, and were proud naturalized citizens not many years later.

Speaking Dutch at home was used to keep the kids from knowing what mom and dad were saying. They did such a good job that my husband never became fluent in Dutch and today hardly remembers any of it. 

Except for signs or information needed for public safety, or instructions at an INS office, government should not be providing multiple language services and/or publications. Learning a new language can be difficult. Just try learning one when you are an adult.

However, if immigrants are here to become Americans, this should be incentive to learn to speak and read English. If they are here illegally and/or without any intention of becoming Americans, then they should leave. 

I have absolutely no disagreement with any business putting up signs or giving out information in multiple languages if they want to. Even in the 1920s there was a “little Holland” in the part of New Jersey where my in-laws settled. The government of the United States, the separate states and any governmental office in them should not be required to provide publications, forms or any other service in a foreign language. We speak English here.


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