Wednesday, March 27, 2002

LANGUAGE DIFFERENCES: I usually know where I stand on things, but in the case of English-only statutes, I'm not sure. Last week, Alaska's was struck down at the trial court level as Arizona's had been previously. The reason I don't know where I stand is that this seems like a non-issue to me. If anything, I think a better law would require at least one person to speak fluent English at any government agency. While it doesn't make much sense to me to require two Spanish speakers to use stilted English with each other instead of them both speaking Spanish, I do think that as long as the majority of us are English-speakers, there ought to always be someone available who speaks the language in which government and business in the US are ultimately conducted. Maybe I'm missing something.

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