We had a new ordinance pass in a small town here in MN. I’m not sure if any of you’ve heard it or not. I can’t imagine it went national but hey, who knows. Here it is: Lino Lakes, MN to pass English only ordinance.
Okay, normally I would say that’s fine and a good idea. But there are a few things here that bother me. They are stating it’s for “future budget impact of translating documents to other languages.” The funny thing is they’re not spending any on that now. So I’m wondering if they’re worried about the Arizona law passing and people migrating? I’m just not sure why they felt they had to make a decision like this.
Also, it does bother me somewhat because immigrants that are here legally and learning to speak English, I feel, have a right to read something important so that they understand it. I’m not in any way a “press 1 for English” person. I feel anyone who wants to live here should speak English but not all people know that language when they first come here and I feel until they learn, it should be there. Also, for elderly people, English is very hard to learn and for important things….you know??
So just what do you make of this? People are calling “racist” but I don’t buy that. They aren’t mentioning any language and people come here from all over. We have directions in French, German, Spanish and many others when we buy something as simple as a telephone so no, I don’t buy that. They’re trying to prove some kind of a point, I just can’t figure out what that point is.
So this brings us to the good question the following night. Should immigrants learn English? I really feel everyone should speak English just so we can communicate with one another. It’s the language our ancestors picked and I feel if we are all going to be “one,” we need to speak the same thing.