I watched the City Council meeting (April 23) and was struck by the
irony of the many people who stood up to speak only to need an
interpreter to tell us what they were saying. One man told us, through
the interpreter, that he had lived in Glendale for 23 years! This man did
not speak one word of English.
I am all for respecting one’s heritage, but if you are going to live
in America, it behooves you to make some effort to assimilate into the
culture, at the very least learn some of the language.
I know you will receive many letters that America is made up of
different cultures and languages. I know this to be true and do not need
to be lectured, ad nauseum, by your readers responding to my letter.
My point is, if your house is on fire and you cannot communicate that
to the English-speaking dispatcher, perhaps then you will see the
practicality of integrating yourselves more fully into the culture you
have chosen as your home.