Letters to the Editor

Why make official language mandatory?

Regarding "Official language policy needed to unite Washingtonians", Reporter, Aug. 29:

I admire Mauro Mujica's ability to learn the language when he came to this country. My good friends of 50 years were Sephardic Jews who immigrated from the Isle of Rhodes and mostly spoke Spanish.

The woman I first met and shared much time with said her family depended on her, as she went to school and was proficient in English. Since her parents didn't have the opportunity to attend school, my friend was their primary resource.

I really don't like the idea of a mandatory official language. But unless families are allowed to attend classrooms with their children, it seems a difficult concept to address.

I often wonder if I had to go to a non-English-speaking country, for whatever reason, got off the plane and was expected to know how to communicate to others and it was mandatory. If their official language was totally new to me, how I would survive?

I work as a temporary worker during elections, and most of the silliness done to ballots is from people who were lucky enough to be born and raised here. I would much rather that people who may have a primary language different than ours but are grateful for the opportunity to vote, be able to understand fully what they are voting on with whatever is helpful to them.

Why build walls, when gates are more helpful?

– CJ Baker

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