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Posted on 11/08/2005 5:00:55 PM PST by IndyInVa

English As The "Official" Language of America? A recent poll by a nonpartisan research firm says 83% of Marylanders believe laws should be passed making English the official language of the U.S. This would require that all official documents and government business be conducted only in English -- no more printing in other languages. Do you agree with this proposal?


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1 posted on 11/08/2005 5:00:56 PM PST by IndyInVa
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To: IndyInVa

Done.


2 posted on 11/08/2005 5:03:19 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: IndyInVa

In areas with a large Spanish-speaking population, private businesses often print in both English and Spanish. Makes good business sense. Realistically, learning Spanish is smart. Many employers prefer someone bilingual if they have a lot of Spanish-speaking customers. We need to face reality. Teach kids Spanish from elementary school up. I grew up in So. Fla. and they won.


3 posted on 11/08/2005 5:03:19 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: IndyInVa

52/48 Yes.


4 posted on 11/08/2005 5:03:47 PM PST by GVnana
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To: mlc9852

I grew up in California. They can speak English.


5 posted on 11/08/2005 5:04:38 PM PST by GVnana
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To: IndyInVa
Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes, we must declare English our official language now before it's too late. 51%
No, this will only make things worse for lots of people, unnecessarily so. 49%

6 posted on 11/08/2005 5:05:12 PM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: mlc9852

"We need to face reality."

I guess you got a mouse in your pocket. I am not part of your "we".

NO sir, T H E Y need to leanr E N G L I S H.

Nuff said.


7 posted on 11/08/2005 5:06:13 PM PST by BlueStateDepression
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To: BlueStateDepression

learn even!


8 posted on 11/08/2005 5:06:34 PM PST by BlueStateDepression
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To: IndyInVa
YES!

9 posted on 11/08/2005 5:09:16 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Request or send care packages for/to troops at www.opgratitude.com)
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To: IndyInVa

done


10 posted on 11/08/2005 5:10:13 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: La Enchiladita

More FReeping needed



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English As The "Official" Language of America?
A recent poll by a nonpartisan research firm says 83% of Marylanders believe laws should be passed making English the official language of the U.S. This would require that all official documents and government business be conducted only in English -- no more printing in other languages.

Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes, we must declare English our official language now before it's too late.
58%

No, this will only make things worse for lots of people, unnecessarily so
42%
11 posted on 11/08/2005 5:13:08 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: IndyInVa

Who is Chris Core?


12 posted on 11/08/2005 5:14:59 PM PST by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: HiJinx; Travis McGee; B4Ranch; Iron Matron; DumpsterDiver; janetgreen; DoughtyOne; kellynla; ...

PING.


13 posted on 11/08/2005 5:15:36 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Request or send care packages for/to troops at www.opgratitude.com)
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To: IndyInVa

Do you agree with this proposal?
Yes, we must declare English our official language now before it's too late.
60%
No, this will only make things worse for lots of people, unnecessarily so.
40%


14 posted on 11/08/2005 5:15:55 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: IndyInVa
This isn't about discrimination, it's about the overwhelming cost of trying to conduct the government's business in multiple languages. We see this now in education where schools have to provide materials in multiple languages if minorities reach a certain percentage of the local population. In my area it was Spanish, Vietnamese and most recently Russian. If you don't do it, you lose your Perkins funding.

Now imagine how this would spiral out of control on a federal level(already sodden with red tape and paperwork) and what the enormous cost would be to the taxpayers.
If a private business want to incur bilingual advertising expenses as part of doing business, that's a different matter and their choice.

15 posted on 11/08/2005 5:17:05 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (The Old Media, Democrat party & the Left are grim MILLSTONES for our troops)
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To: cyborg; Xenalyte; pa mom; raivyn; MamaTexan; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; njwoman; arasina; ...

Ping - Freep this pole - PLEASE!!!


16 posted on 11/08/2005 5:17:08 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: IndyInVa

60/40 done


17 posted on 11/08/2005 5:17:53 PM PST by Saratogamema (Prayers are always needed--for our President, our troops, and our Nation's people.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Bttt


18 posted on 11/08/2005 5:18:31 PM PST by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: IndyInVa


Done.

61% = yes

39% = no


19 posted on 11/08/2005 5:19:18 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

63% to 57% at this time...


LOL, just seeing if anyone's paying attention.

63% to 37%


20 posted on 11/08/2005 5:19:29 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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Actually, I think it was 62% to 38%. Sorry about that.


21 posted on 11/08/2005 5:20:44 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Dashing Dasher

¡Ya lo he Freepeado!


22 posted on 11/08/2005 5:21:02 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: mlc9852

I agree with you to a point. It does make good business sense to be able to conduct business in Spanish if that is what your customers want. I do not, however, support teaching every kid Spanish from elementary school on up. On the contrary, schools need to devote more resources to teaching every kid to read and write English properly. We are making it too easy for people to get by without learning the primary language of this country--English.


23 posted on 11/08/2005 5:22:09 PM PST by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: mlc9852

English is the international language of business. If you want to be sucessful at anything learn english.... nuff said!!!


24 posted on 11/08/2005 5:23:10 PM PST by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: MassachusettsGOP

Chris Core is a talk show host on one of the local stations, WMAL. He opened the show by saying he used to be against making this a law, but now was in favor of it. He invited discussion, with priority to anyone who could make a good case against English only in government. Two callers tried, but IMO had virtually no valid argument and relied on the PC card and invoked "strength in diversity". Most callers were in favor of English and made a variety of arguments - economic, social cohesion, etc.


25 posted on 11/08/2005 5:23:17 PM PST by IndyInVa (There needs to be less corruption. Or more opportunity for me to participate in it.)
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To: IndyInVa

This weekend, a middle-aged Caucasian woman and two young Spanish teenage girls (with Bibles under their arms) knocked on my door.

They politely said that they were looking for households which spoke Spanish, and started to walk away.

They devil got into me, and I asked them why would they not want to speak with me, just because I spoke English, and isn't that being discriminatory, and how outraged the Spanish families would be if I rang doorbells and only wanted to speak to Caucasian families.

The woman had a quick response that they wanted to talk with Spanish families about the Bible.

I told them that I wished all people who came to the U.S. would learn how to speak English, and assimilate in the the American system.

Also, I told her that she could make a bigger contribution if she'd encourage the Spanish-speaking families to speak English, and learn to read the Bible in English. That she was an enabler and making the language problem worse.

They were not happy Christian campers when they left my door step.


26 posted on 11/08/2005 5:23:43 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Houston, TX)
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To: martin_fierro

27 posted on 11/08/2005 5:27:39 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: MassachusettsGOP

One more point that one of the anti-English callers made - He said he was a census taker in NY many years ago and it was his observation that the 1st generation immigrants couldn't speak English, but that of necessity, the second generation was fluent. Therefore his argument seemed to be that the problem would take care of itself in one generation. Core said something like: That's precisely my point. By printing everything in a foreign language there IS NO necessity to learn English, so the problem does NOT resolve itself in one generation and only gets worse.


28 posted on 11/08/2005 5:27:59 PM PST by IndyInVa (There needs to be less corruption. Or more opportunity for me to participate in it.)
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To: IndyInVa

64% Yes.


29 posted on 11/08/2005 5:31:15 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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To: Dashing Dasher

There you go again with your great pics...

FReepitty-BUMP! 64%-36%


30 posted on 11/08/2005 5:33:11 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: RandallFlagg

I'm just here to entertain.


;-)

(nice to see you again).


31 posted on 11/08/2005 5:34:07 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: IndyInVa

Thanks to all Freepers! Keep those votes coming!


32 posted on 11/08/2005 5:36:23 PM PST by IndyInVa (There needs to be less corruption. Or more opportunity for me to participate in it.)
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To: IndyInVa

Lets ask the French what they think about allowing huge numbers of people into their country and not forcing them to learn French.

It may be a while before they can respond with all those fires and such.


33 posted on 11/08/2005 5:37:17 PM PST by mad puppy ( The Southern border needs to be a MAJOR issue in 2006 and 2008)
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To: martin_fierro
我投票支持英國作為主要語言選擇 ...nyuk nyuk nyuk...!
34 posted on 11/08/2005 5:39:03 PM PST by Khurkris (Ain't life funny?)
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To: mlc9852

Bilingual? How about monoligual, only in Spanish? Mexican fast food workers in San Diego often can't speak rudimentary English; case in point: I had to translate salt into Spanish (sal) before the clerk could understand me. Use Spanish when necessary, but preserve our language, English, which after all is the world language!!


35 posted on 11/08/2005 5:39:22 PM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: mlc9852

Bilingual? How about monoligual, only in Spanish? Mexican fast food workers in San Diego often can't speak rudimentary English; case in point: I had to translate salt into Spanish (sal) before the clerk could understand me. Use Spanish when necessary, but preserve our language, English, which after all is the world language!!


36 posted on 11/08/2005 5:39:56 PM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: mad puppy; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Here's a poll to have fun with...


37 posted on 11/08/2005 5:40:34 PM PST by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Serving Those Who Serve Us ~ Operation Season's Greetings ~)
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To: IndyInVa
Done , and the results were:


38 posted on 11/08/2005 5:45:26 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die)
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To: mad puppy

On the other hand, I'm not to keen on taking advice from the French right now.


39 posted on 11/08/2005 5:50:18 PM PST by IndyInVa (There needs to be less corruption. Or more opportunity for me to participate in it.)
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To: IndyInVa

The language that works the best is what people will speak, law or no law. English works the best, because it adapts and changes with the ideas that need to be expressed. That's why it's the international language. It's not necessary to make it a law. It's already the law of human nature.


40 posted on 11/08/2005 5:57:23 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: BlueStateDepression

In some areas, that is not realistic, especially if they haven't been here long. How long would it take you to become fluent in a foreign language?


41 posted on 11/08/2005 6:03:04 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: Huntress

A lot of people in other countries speak more than their native language. It is an advantage. Why shouldn't more of us have an advantage? We can't bury our head in the sand and think this is going away.


42 posted on 11/08/2005 6:04:57 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: IndyInVa

Holy chit mon you try'n to get your ride burned - later amigo


43 posted on 11/08/2005 6:05:14 PM PST by kentj
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To: IndyInVa

67 to 33, english.


44 posted on 11/08/2005 6:05:19 PM PST by planekT
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To: IndyInVa
Do you agree with this proposal?

Absolutely

45 posted on 11/08/2005 6:06:49 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: mlc9852
Realistically, learning Spanish is smart.

Agreed, if you live in Spain or Mexico, or maybe southern California. Here in the midwest, we think that's crap!

46 posted on 11/08/2005 6:06:51 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: i_dont_chat
They are spreading out maybe same women.
I asked if they were looking for CRIMINAL INVADERS.
They left mad.
What does pandao mean?
47 posted on 11/08/2005 6:08:33 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (I shot an error into the air. It's still going everywhere. R. A. HEINLEIN)
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Yes, we must declare English our official language now before it's too late.
67%
No, this will only make things worse for lots of people, unnecessarily so.
33%


48 posted on 11/08/2005 6:10:11 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (I shot an error into the air. It's still going everywhere. R. A. HEINLEIN)
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To: IndyInVa

68% yes....


49 posted on 11/08/2005 6:14:27 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: IndyInVa

Yes: 68% to 32%


50 posted on 11/08/2005 6:18:07 PM PST by GBA
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