How vital is our language?
Judging from the recent spike of letters to the editor on the subject of language, one might conclude that it’s an important element of our society. So how important is language to one’s culture?
Jill Bausch, in her Nov.19 letter, “Country overrun with immigrants; ballots should only be in English,” Nov. 19, cited voting and its multiplicity of translations involved in the process of an American election. She pointed out that the printing of voting material costs the taxpayers multiple thousands of dollars per election which, according to her, should be in the primary language of America-English.
Her point is not wasted on logical grounds. She proceeded to take the subject to the next step by stating. “if immigrants want to live in our country it should be mandatory that they have to learn to read and write English.”
Teresa Throop in her Nov. 22 letter, “Nation shouldn’t be catering to hose who don’t learn English,” agreed with Ms. Bausch’s letter and extended her argument to include the additional expense to the taxpayer of additional printed material furnished by the DMV (which, incidentally, is expansive in English).
Her letter greatly upped the rhetoric when she introduced the fact of a meeting held in Smith River earlier that week, which was apparently conducted mostly in Spanish. English-speaking citizens were offered headsets to facilitate translation into English!
One is led to wonder if they had enough headsets to go around or did they have to share the sets? Even considering that the headsets were likely made by our favorite trading partner (China), the cost had to be many times that of volumes of printed material.
Who organized that meeting? Personally, I find this outrageous!
Lastly there was the Nov. 24 letter from Chrystal Helton, “English not official language,” a self-described college writing instructor whose outlook on the requirement to use English in our daily inter-social transactions is, to paraphrase, demeaning to other cultures in America that communicate in other languages because it undermines their heritage.
Ms. Helton noted that English is the “official” American language. No one she responded to said that.
What language did the Founding Fathers use to draw up our documents ... Spanglish?
Problems with health care
Donald Trump (not one of my favorite people) recently pointed out a number of problems with the health care bill enacted by Congress in its last term and signed into law by President Obama.
Trump noted that we’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single new physician, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that obviously didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes (tobacco, I assume), with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect by a government which has already virtually bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who himself is obese and financed by a country that’s broke!
What could possibly go wrong, he asks?
Meantime, the FDA and the DEA are doing their best to outlaw natural herbal and plant remedies that have been used for centuries to relieve the symptoms of myriad illnesses.
Are we crazy, or just lazy, for putting up with this stuff?
Mario de Solenni
Great job by local radio team
What a pleasure it was to listen to John Horner and John Pritchett this Warrior football season.
These guys did their homework prior to every game. Great play-by-play descriptions and a steady mix of intelligent and insightful information as each play unfolded.
Geeze-o-Pete, these guys deserve a White Star!