One National Language Would Force Immigrants To Assimilate

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Editor:

It appears to me that the majority of U.S. residents of Mexican origin retain allegiance to Mexico and have no intention of becoming "Americans."

I am a second generation American and consider myself just that -- not Irish-American or Swedish-American -- just American. It is fine for people immigrating to the United States to maintain family ties and traditions, but not to the exclusion of becoming Americans.

When I was a young man, I wandered the United States extensively. I was able to communicate with people wherever I went. That is not true today, and not only in sections of large cities. Recently, in a small town in central North Carolina, I approached four people in and around the town square seeking information -- none of them spoke English.

The most important thing that holds a country of this size together is the ability of citizens to communicate directly with each other and we are rapidly losing that capability.

My hope in writing this is that organizations like "Don't Speak For Us" will actively prove my impressions wrong and that Mexican-American is not really an oxymoron. They can do that by effectively supporting the "legal" treatment of illegal residents and getting behind legislation for a single national language.

Richard Lindfors, Payson

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