Letters to the Editor

Thursday, May 09 2013 11:00 PM

Let's get language issue straight

By The Bakersfield Californian

The bottom line in business is to make money. In advertising, the goal is to communicate with as many people as possible. If that communication has to be in Spanish or any other language, I understand the motivation.

My questions are about where the bottom line is for speaking English in the United States.

To be a teacher in public education, are you disqualified if you aren't bilingual? To be in the armed forces, must you speak English? To become a U.S. citizen, must you be proficient in the English language? To work in public safety, as police officer, paramedic, emergency responder or emergency room employee, should you be bilingual or have someone around that is? Should a noncitizen on a visa be able to replace a U.S. citizen in a job in this country? Should a noncitizen qualify for public assistance?

There are countries that don't speak one language, such as Canada and Belgium, which is fine. If we are to be a bilingual country, so be it. If we are an English-speaking country, so be it. If we open our arms to noncitizens, so be it.

Let's just get it straight one way or another.

David Carnell

Bakersfield

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