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ENGLISH-ONLY RULE ISN’T A PUT-DOWN

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently declared that employers can enforce English-speaking-only rules in the workplace for bilingual workers.

Requiring workers to speak English on the job does not violate federal anti-discrimination laws. What this ruling does is to help assure bilingual people a better chance to succeed in this nation, which is composed of a majority of citizens who speak English. To communicate in English and not just the mother foreign tongue is the path to self-sufficiency.Requiring English to be spoken on the job in no way is downgrading an immigrant's native non-English language. For many people, it is a benefit to know more that one language, especially if that other language is French, the language of education, culture and diplomacy, or German or Japanese since Germany and Japan are two world superpowers in economic development.

We should encourage our schools and colleges to strengthen their courses in the teaching of English and foreign languages.

Jerry Harrop

Ogden