2008-01-18 / Letters

Votes Very Upsetting

Dear Editor,

I received e-mail from a friend the other day that was very startling. It dealt with an article written by retired US army Col. Harry Riley. Col. Riley spent 34 years with the armed services earning a silver star and a bronze star. He is also a member of the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Col. Riley wrote about a vote taken by the U.S. Senate. The vote had to do with making English the official language of this country. I was surprised, thinking this was already so.

What I found very upsetting was the list of senators who voted against this. The vote was taken on June 6, 2007 (notice any irony here?). Thirtythree senators voted against an amendment to Immigration Bill 1348, which would have made English our official language.

Among our patriotic senators who voted "no," are four who want to run for president. If that is not scary enough, two of them represent New York. Senators Dodd, Biden, Clinton and Obama, all running for president, voted "no." Senators Schumer, Leiberman, Kerry and Senate Majority Leader Reid also voted "no." I personally find this disgraceful.

When Senator Schumer's office was contacted on Thursday, January 10, I was transferred to Washington where I got to leave a message to an aide. When Senator Clinton's office was contacted, an aide told me, and I quote "Senator Clinton has, numerous times, expressed her desire for all immigrants entering our country to learn how to speak English. Senator Clinton also is trying very hard to fix our flawed and damaged immigration system." Could this system possibly be helped if everyone had to learn English? Hello! When do our elected officials start worrying about Americans? Let's stop letting our politicians' handlers give them easy questions at their rallies and start hitting them with important issues.

Col. Riley quoted Abraham Lincoln. "Congressman who will fully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged. " This works for me.


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I know there will be many who are too "afraid" to make their views on this known, but I have to say I agree with Palmer Doyle that anyone who does not vote for Enlish as our official language will not be getting my vote.
Our representatives give us lip service when they make speaches but make their actual views known when they vote in Congress or the House of Representatives.
My ancestors did not all speak English when they arrived here. The English ones did, but the Irish, German and Swiss ones spoke their native tongue and all learned English and their children were taught English in school.

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