Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 14:45:54 MST
From: Tom Uharriet UTOM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMN.712.NEBO.EDU
Subject: Re: FOR English Only
Milton Azevedo ctlntt[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU writes,
All other issues aside, I wish people would remember, when
they talk about FL materials produced at tax payers' expenses,
that the FL speakers who use those materials --electoral
information and ballots or driving learners'manuals, to mention
only two categories-- also pay taxes, so it isn't as if they
were benefitting from monolinguals' unvoluntary largesse.
While of course it is true that they all contribute to the tax base
of each state, there is a significant difference in operating costs
--and in educational costs--between English Only guidelines and FL
mandates. Everyone pays more without English Only legislation.
On the other hand, what evidence do we have that non-English speakers
are collectively better off in the long run by not being expected to
learn English? It is often argued that they are better served, at
least economically, by helping them to assimilate.
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