Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 17:22:27 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: FOR English Only Thank you Donald Larmouth for the most useful English Only info. yet! This legislation goes further than saying that government business CAN be conducted in English Only. It says it HAS TO. While the former removes restrictions, the latter adds it. One of the many points that won me over to English Only was its lessoning of Big Brother control. > Communications by > officers and employees of the Government of the United States shall be in > English. This line troubles me. It is one thing to say that the government does not have to provide materials in every one of the hundreds of languages in this country. (I hope by now you all know that I find that requirement absurd, wasteful, and counter-productive.) But it is quite another thing to suppose that the CIA, FBI, IRS, TFA, etc. would NOT BE ALLOWED to speak other languages. We should be removing restrictions, not adding them. Taken to an extreem--which would be possible with the poor wording of this bill--a bi-lingual applicant could not be favored over an English only speaker to do field work in non-English communities! The way this bill is worded, the government agancy could be sued for hiring the more qualified candidate. I hope my remarks on this bill, which I would have to vote against, do not turn any of you off to better English Only legislation. So often in legislation, the drafters go too far. Most of what is in this bill is very reasonable. I hope it is improved be worthwhile. > I know that other bills are also before the Congress, but I am less > familiar with their details. Let's hope they are better than this one. Thanks again, Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]