Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 00:02:57 -0700
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
English should never become a second language in America. If it were not
so, the founding fathers would have written the constitution in several
other languages. [ . . . ]
Which ones? (They could not have predicted a need for Spanish or Chinese!)
My grandparents came from Italy, and had to learn English if they wanted
to succeed in life. Thus, I feel if someone does not know or want to
learn English...TOUGH! Furthermore, it is disgusting to go down towards
Miami or Southern California and seeing all those Spanish signs.
If you hate to be reminded that there are other peoples in the world,
or that some shops care more about serving their customers efficiently
than about enticing _you_, why not just stay home?
Florida and California were Spanish for centuries. I don't imagine
the then residents of those lands wanted to be ruled in English any
more than you want to learn Spanish. (I've even heard that the treaty
with Mexico made Spanish the official language of California!)
It almost makes me feel as if I were in mexico (yes thats a small 'm').
Lots of place names have become common nouns, but this is the first
time I've seen "mexico" used as such -- what does it mean?
Also, it is a waste of my tax dollars on teaching young immigrants their
native languages rather than the English language. [ . . . ]
Agreed. And it's a waste of my tax dollars to imprison children and
teach them to love Big Brother and hate learning. Separation of school
and state will make a lot of divisive issues fade away.
The breakdown of one source of communication is another aspect
of how this country is falling apart.
More a symptom than a cause. The country-as-institution is no longer
inclusive or attractive.
Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com
(in San Francisco, where almost everyone still speaks English)