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  1. #1
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    Nov 2003
    lala land

    Denver: Only spanish spoken here

    In a sharp break from American tradition, the Denver Public Library is promoting a plan that would make seven of its branches "Spanish focused," banishing English language books to the backroom. The "Languages and Learning" plan would dramatically increase Spanish language offerings and staff, designating some locations as Spanish dominant. The proposal is currently under review by the Library Commission and an advisory board.

    "Denver's action is a dubious first in American history: a major U.S. city is creating a public institution that intentionally excludes native-born Americans," explained Mauro E. Mujica, chairman of the board of U.S. English, Inc. "This action goes against the model of assimilation that has successfully served the United States for centuries."

    "In a nation of immigrants, focusing on a single non-English language is the type of favoritism that we should have abandoned years ago. The taxpayers of Denver -- residents who speak 68 languages -- should not stand idly by while their money goes to support immigrants from El Salvador or Colombia over immigrants from Vietnam or Egypt."

    Library officials counter that the switch to Spanish dominant libraries is an extension of the institution's purpose. They claim that the Languages and Learning plan will assist Spanish speaking residents in becoming members of their community. Proponents call the plan "cutting edge" and "revolutionary."

    "I fail to see how an 'Official Spanish' Library will aid immigrants in learning English and becoming Americans," Mujica continued. "If anything, it will further the notion that Spanish-speaking immigrants can live in relative comfort without needing to learn our common language. If we are to successfully continue as a nation of immigrants, we cannot send an 'English Optional' message to any immigrant group."

    Spanish to become official language

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    WHAT?! Are these people insane, or insane crazy?!!

    Have respect for differing opinions.
    After all, we're equally entitled to our .

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    That really scorches my buns.

    Thanks, Mabel, for posting that!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Central Texas
    That is sooo not fair! My Mother came from Japan and her main goal when she first arrived was to learn to speak and read ENGLISH and become an American. My early childhood was listening to her speaking broken English, but by the time I started school, she was very fluent in the English language, became a PTA president, became active in our community, church and has chaired many community boards. She sill has a slight asian accent, but hey I have a Texas drawl.

    She didn't learn English by reading or speaking Japanese. I'm all for diversity and preserving cultural heritage, but I don't agree with Denver.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    I don't either. When I have traveled to foreign countries I have always made an effort to speak their language. Not always with good results, but that was my goal. I would expect the same in my country.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    I really, really resent the push for Spanish in this country. The country made no effort (nor should they have done so) to make the native languages of my various ancestors the official language of the USA. Everyone else has learned English. Why are we (collectively) catering to the the Spanish speaking people? I just don't get it.

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