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One common language


To the Editor:

I read with concern and disappointment the letter "National language," printed in the Sept. 2 issue of the Grosse Pointe News, that an individual was concerned about the Hispanic vote "deciding" the upcoming election and his desire to establish language rules.

These seem to be fear-filled  words that run contrary to the altruism, curiosity and parental love the letter writer applauds.

The communities and citizenry deciding who takes office are those that register and participate in the voting process. My hope is that I am well-informed enough to make a wise choice, and that an equally informed public heads to the polls — whether our heritage is Irish, Hispanic, Indian, or a combination thereof, it makes no difference.

I happily dine at a local burger joint, downtown Thai eatery, or a Mexican restaurant because the fare and service are of equal quality, and all of the owners and employees contribute to the community.

While it is easier to work within the United States and with each other when we deal in one common language, the language spoken is not the issue and I certainly hope it doesn't become one for our community.

Ryan Bowers

Grosse Pointe Woods

Ryan Bowers
Grosse Pointe Woods
September 08, 2004

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