End of ADS-L Digest - 6 Sep 1995 to 7 Sep 1995 ********************************************** There are 23 messages totalling 537 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. English-only 2. Lolita 3. DEG ADJ of a N (3) 4. English-Only States (4) 5. Correction:Bigots, not Conservatives 6. contempt vs. content (10) 7. English Only 8. "contempt" or "content"? 9. ADS-ANS deadline September 1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 00:02:57 -0700 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: English-only > 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)