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December 31, 2008

Freedom of speech includes Spanish

Pam Hettinger (12/28, Letters) criticizes Hilda Solis, Barack Obama’s pick for labor secretary, for speaking Spanish, calling it un-American.

We are a free nation with freedom of speech, not just the freedom to speak English. Also, Ms. Hettinger somehow thinks English is a native language of the U.S.

Spanish and French were spoken here before English, and still neither of those are native languages.

Maybe Ms. Hettinger should research the word “Olathe” or “Kansas,” not to mention “Montana,” “Arizona,” “Colorado,” “Florida,” “rodeo,” “patio” and “tornado,” to name a few.

Malcolm Edwards
Kansas City

Comments

Art Chick

NMMNG=she is of SPANISH descent, not German, chinese, or Swahili. Odds are, she doesn't speak any of those, but DOES have a command of both English and Spanish.

Only you would find that bitching point in this, fella. You're really quite predictable.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

How come she did not give it in any other language? So she is biased and caters towards Hispanics more than say Asians?

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

That figures you watch CNN TinaG, that explains much of your misinformation.
Personally I could care less about the crooked government we have currently and even more crooked going forward. Rhambo, a real trust worthy individual, I hear he is starting a new online vendetta business.

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TinaMcG

"C'mon, Malcom. Hilda Solis', decision to exclude the majority of Americans from hearing and understanding her speech was unnecessarily divisive and doesn't speak well of the new tone of the Obama government"

She gave the speech twice, first in English...then in Spanish. I saw the whole thing on CNN. Did you?

dolcemusica1

I agree with JungleJack. American English is the language of communication in the United States - to speak anything else is basically not wishing to communicate with the citizens and is rude. I'm of German descent and am fluent in German. I wouldn't expect anyone to speak German in such situations - nor French, Italian, Swahili, Chinese, etc.

mianotkia

Malcolm, English is the language of America. Learn it, love it, accept it.

JUNGLE JACK

C'mon, Malcom. Hilda Solis', decision to exclude the majority of Americans from hearing and understanding her speech was unnecessarily divisive and doesn't speak well of the new tone of the Obama government.

 
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