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Immigrants who don't speak English need to learn the local lingo

Removing barrier to protect, serve | Oct. 4 story

Learning Spanish a numbers game

So to communicate with Hispanic immigrants who cannot speak English, Pinellas County deputies are studying Spanish. Can you believe that? What is wrong with telling the immigrants to study English, or would that be considered discriminatory?

They already have their own newspapers, radio and TV stations, all state and federal documents are printed in Spanish, and on the telephone they have the option of pressing a certain number to converse in Spanish, so they can live their entire lives here without learning a word of English.

No other country in the world goes to such lengths to appease one particular group, with the result that America is no longer an English-speaking country, but has joined Canada and Belgium as bilingual.

If anybody deserved such preferential treatment, surely it was the South Vietnamese refugees, most of whom suffered great hardships to get here after we ran away from their country and abandoned them to the communists.

Yet in spite of never having the option of pressing 2 or 8 or 9 for Vietnamese, in roughly 30 years, due to their strong work ethic, family values, intellect and resolve, they have supplanted the Chinese as the most academically attained segment of American society (white Americans rank a distant third).

The reason for the pro-Hispanic bias is simple: There are a lot more of them than South Vietnamese, which translates into more would-be voters for our politicians to pander to by demanding nothing and giving them everything they want, and now, to the extent of learning their language!

R. G. Wheeler, Lealman

Removing barrier to protect, serve | Oct. 4 story

Live here? Then learn local lingo

While it's commendable that 18 Pinellas deputies will take Spanish lessons, my instincts say unless the Hispanics take the time to learn English, they should go back to the country that best communicates with them.

Edwin Ashurst, St. Petersburg

Removing barrier to protect, serve | Oct. 4 story

Language of this land is English

At the risk of taking the slings and arrows from the Latino population, let me state that, in my opinion, we should not be spending taxpayer dollars to accommodate non-English speaking, undocumented immigrants.

Police officers would not, and should not, be "playing charades" when responding to, and investigating complaints, many of which might require quick action.

English is the language of the land. It's the law! Because of our weak immigration policies and the lack of enforcement, we have allowed the Hispanic population to grow unchecked.

Regardless of their status, all Latinos should be required to learn English. Instead, we allow them to circulate in their own enclaves without ever needing to speak English until an emergency arises. And then we reverse the problem and take on the responsibility ourselves.

I am not without compassion for those in need of services, however, the burden should be on them, not the other way around.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Mansion houses Jeter's arrogance | Oct. 8 letter

Derek Jeter has earned his house

Derek Jeter is a self-made athlete, a man, by all reports, who is living within the law, takes care of himself and can afford to build the house he wants.

And your letter writer, Jason Ramage, bemoans the fact that Jeter can live large while teachers, police and nurses (excuse me?) struggle.

This is a perfect example of how judgmental, narrowly focused and hateful we as a society have become. My property taxes pay for the teachers and police. Nurses (RNs and above) do very well for themselves, thank you.

I am happy for Jeter and amazed he decided to build here where we seem to have an inordinate number of self-proclaimed naysayers.

Mrs. Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater

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Immigrants who don't speak English need to learn the local lingo 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:40pm]
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