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Do you think English should be the national language of the United States?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 19, 2006

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“Yes. I think it should be for a sense of commonality and community, so everyone is on the same page for all of the important stuff.”

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“Considering that the majority of the population speaks English, it makes sense to make it the national language, but they should let people decide what language is primarily used where they live.”

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“Yes, I do think so. We’ve always spoken it, and I think people who come here should have to learn it.”

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“Yes, I do. Just because it’s been spoken here for as long as I can remember, and the majority of the people speak it.”

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 11 months ago

You speak German, JHawker? I'm mostly of German descent, but I know almost no German at all. I would love to learn it, but I've been told it's one of the most difficult languages to learn...sigh.

It's also much, much easier for children to learn other languages than for adults to do so. The younger they are, the easier they learn them. So, parents, start teaching your young children other languages now!

I think it would be wonderful for everyone to learn other languages. But for government, road signs, etc., I think English should be the official language.

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scorned 7 years, 11 months ago

Here! Here! Beatrice! Count my vote as a yes for Cheerios!

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JHawker 7 years, 11 months ago

i think it is fine for english to be the national language, but i also find it very sad that so few americans care about learning another language. america is a global power and international relations are becoming more and more important. oldfashiongirl - sure i think its good your children were encouraged to learn english, but i'm very disheartend that you stopped speaking dutch at home. although i was born in america, my first language was dutch - i still speak it fluently. i also speak english and german fluently and i hope to learn spanish. i wish it were mandatory in our education system for children to learn a foreign language at a young age.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 11 months ago

english is and should remain the national language of the united states.

in the country of my ancestors, kenya, they speak 3 languages - the tribal language, the country's national language kiswahili- otherwise known as the mother tongue, and then their other national language, english. i think not having english as the national language removes from our culture, especially since just about every immigrant in the united states had to learn english if they didn't speak it already.

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Tanya Spacek 7 years, 11 months ago

geekin_topekan:

I'm rather partial to Rudy's thin crust w/ feta chz and roasted garlic pizza for breakfast, myself. there's a decent question for OTS: which not-PizzaHut-not-Dominoes pizza is the best in town?

in response to the actual OTS question:

English obviously isn't the first official language in the U.S. the Ojibwe part of me thinks it's morbidly hilarious that Americans are afraid of being overrun by other cultures and languages. OH NOES!!!!1 I'm learning ASL and re-learning Spanish, mainly so I can go around telling everyone I'm trilingual. I'd like to learn Laotian, too, I think it would help me at work.

I'm going to have loads of free time once I graduate next week. maybe I'll just learn how to say "please" "thank you" "where is the restroom" "I'm sorry, I thought this was the restroom" "no, really, I'm very sorry" "look, just please don't kill me" and "oh god just leave my face alone so they can identify my body" in the twenty most common languages of the world.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 11 months ago

Open the borders to Latinos only.We have too many whiteys as it is. Learn to speak spanish.Make jeffry Dahmer our official national cannibal.Toto our state dog.Pizza shuttle "Greek shuttle"the official breakfast.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

And what exactly are the republicans doing?warming up for their annual character assassination rodeo? or simply playing politics?

Republicans plan anti-Reid ads on Spanish-language radio By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ads criticizing Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid for "playing politics" with immigration reform legislation are scheduled to air on Spanish-language radio stations in four Western cities with large Hispanic populations next week.

The ad campaign targeting the Nevada Democrat is funded by the Republican National Committee and will air in Las Vegas, Reno, Tucson and Phoenix, GOP officials said Thursday. ...

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/storie...

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

what's there to be sorry about. that happens a lot! When they only put half of the link on there anyway, if someone doesn't look. Beside, it gives him a chance to pick on you! And everyone loves to pick on Gootsie. You're one of our favorite Ladies! :D

(I guess that could be called a Bob-o-link)

Maybe a Cornbob. Ouch, maybe not, unless he's into that sort of thing. Bob, don't tell us, please. We're still having nightmares about the nocturnal issues and nips.

I asked for 10 onion rings, figuring I may not get to eat again till tomorrow at dinner and they probably had 25 on the plate. Along with the cheeseburger, my arteries should have 5 % blood flow by now. (they charge by weight, so they ask how many you want. Your answer is irrelevant :D)

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Gootsie 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh I'm sorry MD! I guess I forgot to refresh my screen.

I guess there are more Bobs than even I knew.

How about BobFlakes?

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

Will there be a day when posters write nostalgically about the wireless cafes. etc., like we do about Campus Hideaway, Griff's, etc.?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 11 months ago

No, we should abandon English in favor of the language that's most popular with the next generation: Chat-room-speak.

OMG! LOL! :p RU4real?

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

omb LOL

Oh hey, we could all speak like in clockwork orange

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

blue harley, anyone interested...Dr Kellogg

Excellent fun read, has much more than the movie and is different than the movie, different things happen and much more to it! :The Road to Wellville

The movie is available at Hastings, VHS in the old comedy section 49 cents. A must see..lots of naked people in funny situations. Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, Fonda, etc, etc,

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

MD, in the future, everyone will be bob.

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ibroke 7 years, 11 months ago

I think the journal world has run out of good questions to ask people,and so there is only stupid ones left

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mossyoak64 7 years, 11 months ago

I think we should invent a new language. Engligermarabixican.

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

bea, at the risk of sounding una mericun, in places where it gets that hot one quickly learns the wisdom behind siesta :)

It's Friday!!!! Payday!!! I'm off now to party until time to go home :)

Have a great weekend everyone (yes, everyone, grumps and all). Busy weekend, my youngest grandchild has a birthday and my oldest is graduating!!

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acg 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the language of dude. Now generally, I live in a strict dude free zone, but what the hell, I can live a little. :)

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

chocolate tiny parafin covered yellow dry over priced donuts...mmmmm

Hey,this nice weekend treat your kids to a 2 ltr diet drink and a pkg of mentos dropped in really fast all at once. Just be prepared to get SOAKED! Diet works better! Don't blink or you'll miss it.

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Cea: yes, it is a little warm today here in Phoenix. Right now it is 100 degrees, and we will probably reach about 104 in a couple hours. We had our first 100 degree day about a week ago. I suspect it will get to the 110s by early June. And before anyone says "but its a dry heat" let me remind you -- so is your oven. Good thing, of course, is you never have to shovel sun. :)

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

This headline was too funny. Maybe we should have a bobs language. Bob's border patrol. Bob's Burger Barn. Need food. Mom cannot live by bob's bagels and cream cheese alone.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/may/19/chapman_wins_bobs_award/?breaking

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grimpeur 7 years, 11 months ago

As John Cleese said of the differences between his native Britain and the United States: "Number one, we speak English and you don't. Number two when we hold a world championship for a particular sport, we invite teams from other countries. Number three when you meet the head of state in England you only have to go down on one knee."

Obviously, our truly actual really official national language should be United States of American!

Thank you and be sure to try the bangers.

The haggis? Not so much.

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 11 months ago

I think language should be reduced to moaning, kissing, sighs, hugs, and eyegazes. Let's try that for a while and see where that gets us. Then we could add in shoulder shrugs, if needed LOL.

My second vote for a language cpese. Thats Cerebral Palsy-ese.Starts with vowel sounds, and if you're lucky, you get some consonants sometimes.

Today's excitement, surprise surgery at margarita time CST. Poor kid. He's gonna hurt.

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bugmenot 7 years, 11 months ago

If we got rid of the illegals this wouldn't even be a problem.

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Tony Kisner 7 years, 11 months ago

I made my kid learn Spanish, its coming and nothing is going to stop it.

Although, I wish congress would pass more laws to eliminate those things that are an inconvenience to me, like eliminating all other drivers from the streets when I decide to go to the store. If possible I will submit my list to Brownback and he can get started pronto. Ops, is pronto Spanish? What if I use a word that has it's origins in French, are those of limits too? Are foreign language teachers to become a thing of the past?

Cop on the street, "hey you stop there, did you just say TACO? From now on it's a meat in a crispy corn thingy with lettuce and cheese got it?"

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southerngirl 7 years, 11 months ago

CrazyKS-It's a balanced meal featuring foods from the donut group and the diet coke food groups. Regular coke just doesn't fit in. And I can't have fun, I'm a teacher! Teacher's don't ever leave school or have fun! d

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Hillary who?

Have a nice weekend everybody. Buenos tardes!

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

SeaFox, to be fair, a language should get less points if everyone speaking it is in one country (except of course Mericun, it's superior and therefore doesn't really care about points).

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

Wow, who invited SeaFox reality into this mix? jabotb is just showing his American pride, with a side of sarcasm!

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

crazyks, I think my teeth would even rot with that breakfast. Oh crap now sgt knows I have teeth.

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

How embarrassing!!!! Kellogg is one of the names derived from Ceallach :- I gotta say, his approach to alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and abstinence are unlike any of the Kelloggs, Kellys or Kelleys I have known :):)

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SeaFox 7 years, 11 months ago

In reply to just_another_bozo_on_this_bus:

"English is the by far the most important national language, and it is also the single-most important world language."

Actually, worldwide Mandarin Chinese is spoken by far more people than English.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 11 months ago

A lot of countries have an official language, and I see nothing wrong with that. For heaven's sake, it doesn't mean it would make it illegal to speak a different language here. Just that English would be the official, primary language, and if you intend to settle here, it would be best if you'd go to the effort to learn English.

I probably will never visit a foreign country (who has the money for that??), but if I did, even if it was only a visit, I would attempt to learn as much of the primary language there as possible, if for no other reason so I wouldn't be scammed while I was there. And it's the polite thing to do, you know. Why be arrogant enough to expect everyone else to change and cater to your needs?

Oldfashiongirl, I applaud you encouraging your children to learn English, and you learning it yourself. You write English beautifully.

But it seems that the focus on a second language here is only Spanish, and has been for years. Easy enough to find instructions for things in both English and Spanish, or signs in both. Yet I don't see many in Chinese, Dutch, German, French, Italian, etc.

In this city, we have quite a large number of people from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos living here. Did their children get the priviledge of having a teacher who spoke their native language in school? No...they had to learn English. And they did. The parents learned it as well. There isn't enough money in the world for every school district or government office to hire people proficient in any possible language you might come across in this country. Seems much simpler for them to just learn English.

As for a lot of the Japanese, Chinese, Egyptian, etc., students who come here to attend college, most of them already know English before they come here. Teaching English in school in Japan is very common. They know that English is used all over the world, especially in business, and it's a wise thing to teach it to their children.

I don't see anything wrong with making English the official language of the U.S. However, I don't see that making such a declaration would change much of anything.

As for the breakfast thing: southerngirl, why bother with DIET Coke, if you're eating powdered donuts anyway? Have fun. Go with a regular Coke. It's only 140 more calories.

I myself vote for a nice, chocolate covered bismark filled with gooey raspberry jelly, and a glass of cold milk.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 11 months ago

ok, what ever happened to Esperanto, that universal language?

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Did everybody see that! blueharley said he is going to vote for Hillary! blue is voting for Hillary! (or so I assume that is what he meant.) So now she has two votes -- who else will join in? Besides, I'll bet she knows what cereal to eat in the morning!

By the way, thanks for laughs today everyone!

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Prospector - Actually I was going to suggest corn flakes earlier but when I read about the bizarre Dr. Kellogg, I changed my mind... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_flakes

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prospector 7 years, 11 months ago

Bea,

From Google about oats:

"In terms of world trade the major exporters are Canada, Sweden and Finland with the US the dominant importer. Canada tends to supply the US food manufacturing industry situated mainly in the US Mid West. Sweden and Finland tend to supply the equine market in more southerly areas."

Yet another instance of your commie pinko blather. It is una mericin to promote oats while we can't produce enough for ourselves and sending our dollars to the una mericans over the border. They ain't mericin made! And what do you think the guy on the Oatmeal box is smiling about?

www.namamillers.org/pdf/oatproduction2004.pdf

You got a problem with Corn Flakes or did someone make bizness in yours?

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Gootsie 7 years, 11 months ago

Posted by blue73harley

A friend has just advised me that we need to QUICKLY vote for a national breakfast or it just might end up being breakfast burritos or juevos rancheros.

GOOD 'UN BLUE!!!

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jimincountry 7 years, 11 months ago

If we can't speak latino, how can we order a taco or burrito?

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

Sgtwolverine, I haven't seen a dntst n munts. An whut maks u think I have teeth?

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

beatrice - a wall made out of cereal boxes would be about as effective as anything else Bush has suggested. I haven't voted for a Dem since Peanut-boy Carter...but I could be persuaded now.

I am without my diet coke today so excuse the rambling. The cubicle police made me take my mini-fridge home. They say it is a safety issue, the cubicles aren't wired for appliances. Yeah, right. Somehow I survived the last 2.5 years.

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

bea, Phoenix is supposed to be really hot today! Those temp predictions look like the valley's. Thank goodness you are so kool!!

GW probably does eat huevos rancheros while at his ranch. It's hard to find good biscuits and gravy in Texas (except at my mum's:)

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm calling your dentist right this minute, craigers.

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

Breakfast... A huge Dt. Dr. Pepper in the morning.

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

paladin, I would have to say that everybody will understand Him in their own language. If you look in Acts 2, that should give you an idea of what it would probably be like at that time.

However, I can't type too much more. My bahs is comin.

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southerngirl 7 years, 11 months ago

Federal Employees speak their own language. Recently I was told to " Go to the DEERS Office in building H743 and pick up form DD201 and fill it out." What!?! I don't want THAT as my national language.

Still holding out for powdered donuts and diet coke as the national breakfast. Such a balanced meal!

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

blue: do we need to build a wall out of cereal boxes to keep the illegal breakfast burritos south of the border where they belong? Also, I'm pretty sure G.W. Bush eats huevos rancheros while at his ranch in Texas. He doesn't care about a national cereal, I tell you! He just says pro-cereal things in public to appease the farmers and ranchers on their Cheerios farms. What a hypocrit! (and before anyone jumps on me for this, I know there are plenty of Dems out their eating yogurt in the morning, and they make me mad too!)

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paladin 7 years, 11 months ago

Si. I think Heaven is probly allot like West Lawrence, where they speak Kansas English.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

Bea, sometimes I feel like many federal employees do that no matter what language people speak.

Merry, I firmly believe if someone is going to LIVE here, they should make an effort to learn and use the dominant language. If someone is coming to VISIT, that's another matter entirely. Tourists and visitors needn't learn the local language. But immigrants? Absolutely.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

A friend has just advised me that we need to QUICKLY vote for a national breakfast or it just might end up being breakfast burritos or juevos rancheros.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

English - The official language of Heaven?

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paladin 7 years, 11 months ago

Yeah. But, I think we should all be learning Aramaic, just in case. What if he re-appears just over the fence, on the South side of the Border? Would we let him come on across? Or would he be picked up and sent back, babbling incomprehensibly?

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merrywidow033 7 years, 11 months ago

only if americans learn to speak english properly.. until that time occurs, i'm content with having no official language.

also, i cannot stand that "if they come here they need to speak it" mentality. mostly because when americans go to other countries, they speak english IN ADDITION TO their own language. if you follow that ideal, i hope you learn another country's language before you visit, allyce...

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

I think they should add an amendment that claims that if anyone comes up to a federal employee and begins to speak Spanish (or any language other than English) the fed must put their fingers in their ears and loudly start going "lalalala lalalala lalalala ..." until the offender walks away.

sgt: yes.

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

You can bet your boots Texans will still speak Spanglish when the need occurs -- and it occurs more and more often.

Paladin, if Jesus truly is the Son of God, everyone will understand what He is saying. If he is not, who really cares what he has to say? Not me. I totally disagree with the popular thought that Jesus was a good man, and probably a prophet. If he was not who he said he was, he was anything but a good man, and deceived those who loved and followed him into dying horrible deaths just to promote his lies about himself.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 11 months ago

National Breakfast cereal? Nothing will replace a well-cooked biscuits and gravy with hash browns on the side. Mmmmm, graaaaavyyyy.

I would laugh all the way to Hell if Jesus came back and nobody could understand a word he was saying. "What did he say?" "I think he said: 'Blessed are the Greek.'"

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

If a tree fell in the forest, would anyone think it was trying to say that it thinks it's better than the other trees?

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consumer1 7 years, 11 months ago

Ceallach , granola w/Soy milk

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paladin 7 years, 11 months ago

When Jesus comes on down here for the Second Coming, will He be speaking English? Or will he be speaking Aramaic or some such language? If He tells us to follow Him, will we just stand there staring and be left behind and not be able to go on up to Heaven cause we didn't know what the hell he was saying? Will Mary Magdalene come with him and will she be allowed to speak? And what would she say? And would it matter, if we couldn't understand her?

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consumer1 7 years, 11 months ago

You ever wonder? How does a court reporter actually translate some of the words used in this country??? Na ahmsay-in? Na-Ahmeen? Hayall Yeow!

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Cheerios are heart healthy, wonderfully round, and they taste good! Wheaties recently put NBA player Steve Nash on the front of its box. Nash - A Canadian! On your "national" cereal box? I think not! Who is next -- Osama? Think of the children. So vote your heart. Vote Cheerios.

(paid for by the Committee to Prove that Wheaties are for Commies)

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jonas 7 years, 11 months ago

Yes! Find some objective data to justify my belief that I am more acceptable and better than someone else!

C'mon. . . what other real effect would this actually have?

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

Good luck and best wishes, oldfashionedgirl!!

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

Regardless of what the national breakfast is -- in Lawrence I'm thinking it will continue to be granola :)

But don't forget Cheerios are heart healthy.

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southerngirl 7 years, 11 months ago

Ooh, Powdered donuts and diet coke-power breakfast! You have my vote Sue!

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for digging up that information, prospector :)

This is just another faux (pardon my French) issue to keep the men and women paid and honored as our country's leaders from doing an honest days work!!

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 11 months ago

If YDP knew anything, you would know that little powdered do-nuts are the breakfast of champions!

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

I think Micronesia sounds like some amazing little electronic product that people would pay a lot of money to own. Thus, I want to own Micronesia.

As far as the language, I guess it depends on why you are where you are. Are you coming to the U.S. from Mexico to be Mexican, or do you want to adapt to your new country? If you want to be Mexican, then it's not going to work as well outside Mexico. Likewise with Americans moving elsewhere. Adapt to your new location; don't try to make it adapt to you.

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Bruce Rist 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm not smart enough to have an intelligent thought of my own so I'm quoting Teddy Roosevelt...

The foreign-born population of this country must be an Americanized population - no other kind can fight the battles of America either in war or peace. It must talk the language of its native-born fellow-citizens, it must possess American citizenship and American ideals. It must stand firm by its oath of allegiance in word and deed and must show that in very fact it has renounced allegiance to every prince, potentate, or foreign government.

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prospector 7 years, 11 months ago

It is the official language of the United States. To nationalize English, will we have to fight these countries to get it for ourselves? Or fight everybody else until they are on the list? 1. Antigua and Barbuda 2. Australia 3. Barbados 4. Belize 5. Botswana 6. Cameroon 7. Canada 8. Dominica 9. Federated States of Micronesia 10. Fiji Islands 11. Ghana 12. Grenada 13. Guyana 14. India 15. Ireland 16. Jamaica 17. Kenya 18. Kiribati 19. Lesotho 20. Liberia 21. Malawi 22. Malta 23. Marshall Islands 24. Mauritius 25. Namibia 26. New Zealand 27. Nigeria 28. Palau 29. Papua New Guinea 30. Philippines 31. Rwanda 32. Saint Lucia 33. Samoa 34. Sierra Leone 35. Singapore 36. Solomon Islands 37. South Africa 38. Saint Kitts and Nevis 39. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 40. Swaziland 41. Tanzania 42. The Bahamas 43. The Gambia 44. Tonga 45. Trinidad and Tobago 46. Tuvalu 47. Uganda 48. United Kingdom 49. Vanuatu 50. Zambia 51. Zimbabwe

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

How many folks here were aware that the International Civil Aviation Organization ( a UN organization) is promoting English as the common language for pilots and air traffic controllers worldwide? Info on new requirements and testing at: http://www.icao.int/icao/en/dgca/ip/dgca_06_ip_15_e.pdf

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prospector 7 years, 11 months ago

We are the Champions- Wheaties!

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

I think Life should be the national cereal. And no, Cinnamon Life would not count as a second cereal. It would be like an accent.

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 11 months ago

YIP, while there is no law that says you have to speak English if you live here, how will that non-English speaking person go about their day-to-day life? Should I be expected to learn the language of every person I come in contact with? That's not very practical. If I go to France, I should try to speak French, and not expect people there to speak English just because I do. There's nothing wrong with that.

I was just talking to a co-worker. He's from Belarus, and is a US citizen. He speaks Russian in the home to his family, and speaks English here at work. He often speaks to his daughter in Russian and she answers him in English, even though she's fluent in Russian.

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BunE 7 years, 11 months ago

Its interesting. As the son of an immigrant, the English Language is spoken in our home and day-to day. My grandparents spoke english too after coming here. I imagine that my father's native tongue will not be spoken at all by my children.

I wish I could speak the old country's language, I can understand bits of it. It would make me a better person, a more marketable employee and would give me insight into world news.

English the "official" language? I think that it takes care of itself.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Cheerios seems too British...Old Chap.

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staff04 7 years, 11 months ago

Seems to me like it would discourage people from learning another language.

Oh wait, that would fit in perfectly with the conservative agenda of un-educating ourselves...so I say GO FOR IT! In fact, we should also tell all those Eurpoean snobs that learned English as a second language to forget it too. Dammit, it's ours and ours only!

*waves American flag vigorously

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Ceallach 7 years, 11 months ago

acg, it's okay that we customized the English language afterall they took bits and pieces from many other languages and made it their own. The nut doesn't fall too far from the tree.

English should be our national language. andya ewa ouldsha eepka igpa atinla asya aya ecretsa anguagela.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

I vote for Cheerios for national breakfast cereal!

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jimincountry 7 years, 11 months ago

Secure the borders, stop illegals from entering the country, fine the employers of illegals.......and there won't be a need for passing the "language" law! Seems like smoke and mirrors to divert the attention away from the Senators and their rush to amnesty.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Beatrice - you are off-the-mark on the national breakfast cereal. It clearly should be Wheaties, Breakfast of Champions!

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acg 7 years, 11 months ago

Blue, that was pretty good. I want to see a Redneck to Ebonics translation. That would be fun.

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trinity 7 years, 11 months ago

i like the "click" language idea, personally! ;)

in reply to the qotd; yes.

and to those who're posting in furrin' languages, a quote from that international man of mystery austin powers; "sorry, i don't sprachenzie the lingidie"-or somethin' to that effect, lol.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Liberty - "officially" we have no national language.

As the link states, many consider it a "minor" issue. But I think since we have national symbols, a national holiday, etc., why not have a national language?

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 11 months ago

My dad told me that I should learn to speak Spanish because if I plan on moving back home to Cali, that English is going to be the second language there.

I think it would be great to learn any other type of language other then English. As far as living in the U.S. I would agree that the language could be whatever you speak. Theres isn't a law that says you have to speak English because you live here.

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Liberty 7 years, 11 months ago

Who said that English wasn't our national language? It already is, and has been for over 200 years.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

If you think that we are the only people concerned with an 'official language' just look north to Quebec.

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craigers 7 years, 11 months ago

For the question, yes. I thought it was our national language.

But blue, thanks for the link. LOL

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Would some of the conservatives out there address this issue in light of the following news item from last month, please:

Republicans plan anti-Reid ads on Spanish-language radio By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ads criticizing Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid for "playing politics" with immigration reform legislation are scheduled to air on Spanish-language radio stations in four Western cities with large Hispanic populations next week.

The ad campaign targeting the Nevada Democrat is funded by the Republican National Committee and will air in Las Vegas, Reno, Tucson and Phoenix, GOP officials said Thursday. ...

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/apr/13/041310264.html

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beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Whatever. This is just another wrap yourself in the flag type non-issue meant to appease conservatives. It gives the illusion of the administration and legislature being "pro-active" against "them."

I also think Cheerios should be made the national breakfast cereal. That will show 'em.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years, 11 months ago

a) complete waste of time and taxpayer money

b) None of the government's gawdam business.

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boredwithu 7 years, 11 months ago

President Theodore said it best in 1907, when he said, "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he should be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin

"But it is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American.... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American flag.... We have room for but one language, and that is the English language.... And we have room for but one loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American peaple."

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bobberboy 7 years, 11 months ago

Right Mohammad - if the majority of people in the U.S. speak English then they would probably vote for English as there language of choice. Dah !

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 11 months ago

I also oppose "English Only" laws. You're right, mom, that it does take a while to learn a foreigh language. And trying to learn the various idioms can be mind boggling. For me, my ire is raised when people will make no attempt to learn English while living here.

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mom_of_three 7 years, 11 months ago

It does take a while to learn a foreign language, to speak and understand it fluently enough to have a conversation. Even if English is made the "National Language" does not mean that forms will not be printed in different languages or signs will not be made.
Look at countries in Europe. Many or all of them have National languages, but because of tourism, signs are still made and posted in different languages.

I found this when I googled, but I don't know when it was written:

"The ACLU opposes "English Only" laws because they can abridge the rights of individuals who are not proficient in English, and because they perpetuate false stereotypes of immigrants and non-English speakers. We believe, further, that such laws are contrary to the spirit of tolerance and diversity embodied in our Constitution. "

Even if English is made the national language, I don't think it is going to make much difference.

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 11 months ago

No one is saying that people cannot or should not retain their native tongue. But people living here in the United States should be expected to know/comprehend/use enough English to do business. I travel frequently to Central America. I do not expect people in those nations to speak English in order to communicate with me; I have learned (and am continuing to learn) Spanish -- their national language. This is not a racist statement; it is the way things are.

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acg 7 years, 11 months ago

We don't speak English. We speak 'merican. I vote for 'merican to be the national language. We've totally butchered the English language, made it our own, gave it a little twist, and that should be our national language. Everyone coming here should have to learn it, all it's inflections and the necessarily slang terms to communicate with the good, God fearin', red blooded 'mericans they're going to come across every day. :)

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ljreader 7 years, 11 months ago

Press " 1 " for "yes". Press "2" for "hell yes".

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paladin 7 years, 11 months ago

Maybe Rap should become the new official national language. That makes as much sense as anything, these days.
Sgt-That's a great idea. English teachers armed with red pencils.

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quitbitchin 7 years, 11 months ago

hey mohammad...ENGLISH is spoken here. So your answer would be a simple "yes".

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 11 months ago

I think we should hire English teachers to patrol the border. That would seal it!

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh, Ron that is too funny!

A bit on "Click" language:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9C0DE5D61731F93BA25750C0A9659C8B63

But to the question......

Yes, English should be nominated as the official language of the USA.

Thanks.

Marion.

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 11 months ago

No, the language spoken by making sounds by clicking your tongue should be.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 11 months ago

Tes, English should be made the "official" national language. We would save scads of $ not having to print out federal forms in every language.

I was at the Drs office yesterday and a family of 4 came in. The 11 year old girl had a cold. They all spoke Spanish and only some broken English. I wondered a few things. Like: where did this girl attend school? I know she doesn't go to my daughter's school and yet it is the only one in that community. Why did it take 3 other family members to bring her to the Dr? When I was the only one in the waiting room, why did they sit in the chairs on either side of me and literally put their elbows in my lap? How long have they been in the US and why haven't they learned English yet? They seemed to have insurance, therefore all other proper papers??? Anyway...yes, English SHOULD, without a doubt, be made the "Official" National Language! It would have saved me much time in thinking. How do you say "Please get your elbows off of my person" in Spanish? "No codo en cuerpo, por favor?" I dunno...I guess I really need to learn more Spanish.

Ya'll have a good day. I'm going. Good luck with the transfusion oldfashioned.

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consumer1 7 years, 11 months ago

Ich denke, daà die nationale Sprache Deutsches sein sollte.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

This should be a non-issue, except for the xenophobes looking for something to obsess about, encouraged by the fear-mongering politicians looking for an issue of distraction.

English is the by far the most important national language, and it is also the single-most important world language. Spanish is also an important world language, especially in the Wester Hemisphere. So sure, if you move to some areas of the country, you'll find folks who only speak Spanish-- the US does happen to be the fourth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, but most first generation immigrants, and nearly 100% of their children, will learn English without the encouragement of any laws or constitutional amendments.

If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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paladin 7 years, 11 months ago

No, I do not. I think that, along with our new guest worker brothers and sisters, all Americans should be required to learn and use a new, neutral, language. This would level the playing field and give everyone an equal chance in Life and demonstrate that we, who were here before, are not prejudiced or mean to discriminate against our newest citizens. It would be a definitive way to say welcome to our many, many new friends and neighbors and that there are no hard feelings. I suggest that the new language could be something like Pig Latin or even Navaho or maybe Pidgin English.

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inmate 7 years, 11 months ago

Is this why the Governor won't return my calls?

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Corporate america,local builders and local landscapers hire "illegal" workers. Does anyone really believe a national language rule will matter to these employers?

Isn't this more smoke and mirrors to quell the very vocal concern?

If law enforcement currently does not enforce or investigate the green card rule thoroughly how will a national language rule be enforced?

Can a person be forced to learn another language?

Are we being duped again by bogus legislation?

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KsTwister 7 years, 11 months ago

Since Congress passed it as the National language and that all business in USA must be conducted in English then no one should be refused a job now for now speaking a foreign language. As it should be.Petty waste of time for a given.

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blue73harley 7 years, 11 months ago

Since I am a normal, creative person my answer is also, DUH!

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Norma Jeane Baker 7 years, 11 months ago

Duh! Great question, OTS. Maybe you can phrase it like this: "Should our national language be our national language?"

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enochville 7 years, 11 months ago

"Asked whether the language amendments would have any effect, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the Senate's leading architects on immigration legislation, responded: "Not that I know of.""

This legislation seems to be a non-issue which would accomplish nothing.

I think immigrants should try to learn English, but the government should be sensitive to those who have not learned English, yet. I think the goal should be communication, not some kind of elitism.

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oldfashiongirl 7 years, 11 months ago

Yes, it should. Several years ago I lived in Miami and my two teenagers, who were 18 and 19, could not find any jobs since you had to speak Spanish as well as English. I foresee that now with all the illegals storming our borders. It's bad enough that many companies now have automatic answering machine that dole out the Spanish equivalent also.

There was talk at one time that the US had to provide teachers with the language skills of those who did not speak English to help them in school. My children only spoke Dutch and they certainly didn't provide those teachers for my children, who only spoke a smathering of English as when they lived in Holland, they spoke Dutch. It didn't take them but about 2 months to learn basic English and I stopped speaking Dutch with them. In other words you speak the language of the country in which you live. They were just 2-1/2 and 4 when my husband legally got his green card after 5 years.

Ms C: Thank you so much for directing those lovely Canadian geese down my way. Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and there were 10 little baby geese waddling along in a straight row behind their parents. Now they must weigh about 2 pounds each and yesterday another group showed up with 3 little ones, just babies, about 3/4 pounds each and they had yellow on their wings. I do not know about their nesting habits, etc. but will Google it later. Now I'm off to the hospital for another blood transfusion-having 2 pints every 2 weeks now.

Y'all play nice today and I'll be back about 5:00PM

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bmwjhawk 7 years, 11 months ago

I vote for ASL. English is too loud.

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