Friday, September 15, 2006
‘English only’ argument can’t
be taken seriously
This letter is in response to Sara Lain’s “English only”
letter to the editor (9-8-06). Airing frustrations about a few documents in a
foreign language (very clever) will not do anybody any good. But she has every
right to be frustrated; I am sure she and the teacher came to a reasonable
The “English only” argument shows such disgust towards
diversity, unsophisticated stereotypes towards other cultures and is so
deprived of factual evidence that it’s hard to take seriously.
Here is a fact that might put you at ease: immigrants to the
U.S. have lost their native languages by third generation, and demographic data
shows that the shift to English as the usual language is steadily increasing.
Maybe this is why when people who speak in a foreign language around here
provide cheap labor, nobody is “upset” that they don’t speak English.
Let’s be real here. People are inclined to learn English. If
you don’t know any English, you are almost always limited to blue-collar jobs,
you have to rely on intermediaries for all your interactions with the world
around you, you are essentially helpless outside your immigrant community and
you are a tempting target for all kinds of scams and needless middlemen who
will use your ignorance of the language against you. (By the way, how many
payday loan advance businesses are there in Sunnyside?)
Those who think bilingual education is a bad thing are
missing the point. The goal is to make everyone smarter
God forbid we level the economic and educational playing
field for everyone. What’s next? More social equality? Exchanging fears and
one-sided views with knowledge and acceptance?
/s/ Kacey L. Amador, Sunnyside
Sunnyside offers quality hospital
What a great experience my husband and I had at Sunnyside
Yes, both of us were lucky enough to have surgeries this
year! From excellent health care from the doctors and nurses to the great food
in the cafeteria, all were exceptional.
It was especially great to have a private room. When my
husband was in surgery, I was allowed to stay right in his room and wait for
him to come out of recovery. What a soothing environment to wait out nervous
moments, with a TV and comfortable chair and a room all to myself to wait.
We have had care at Virginia Mason and Kadlec hospitals, and
our best experience was at our Sunnyside Community Hospital.
What a great opportunity it is to have such a quality
hospital in Sunnyside.
/s/ Theresa and Loran Hancock, Sunnyside
Vote for Elliot
The past few years have shown us Yakima County needs
leadership that has private business ownership experience. We need leaders that
understand the purpose of county government is to serve those that create their
funding, just like private businesses must do in order to stay in business.
Over the past few months it has been my pleasure to get to
know Rand Elliot. Rand has shown me that he has the experience and desire to
help Yakima County become more customer (tax payers) friendly, and that county
employees and consultants should be held accountable for their actions if they
cost the tax payers thousands or millions of lost tax dollars or unfairly hold
up business and development progress.
Rand has over 25 years experience managing budgets and
employees to provide excellent service for his clients. I am confident that
Rand Elliot will support the concerns and issues of his entire district within
Most importantly, I hope that people vote once they have
gathered the information needed to make an informed decision. It is my
understanding that in the last county election less than 60 percent of eligible
voters actually voted. Keep in mind how many countries around the world people
die for the opportunities that we have. Do not take them for granted!
/s/ Jeff Barrom, Sunnyside