FREE SPEECH ZONE | Response to English only Law in Lino Lakes

I am saddened to hear of cities such as Lino Lakes enacting “English only” laws and I sincerely hope that other cities in Minnesota will not follow.As citizens of the twenty-first century and of the great state ofMinnesota, it is in our best interest that non-English speaking residents, citizens and visitors in our communities are able to interact with the local government. Local governments should foster that interaction.I call on my mayor R.T. Rybak to prevent similar legislation from ever happening in Minneapolis, governor Tim Pawlenty to prevent this from happening on a state level and our senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to prevent similar laws from being enacted on a federal level.I am a proud Minnesotan and I hope that we can all come together to make sure that Minnesota supports all of the populations who help make our state a great place. Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | “Official” English is official nonsense

The huge debate, flap, and consternation sweeping the country, making English the “official” language of various locales, states, and the nation (over 87% favor this proposal) is not only irrelevant, but also mostly nonsense.  And, there are a number of reasons why. Starting with the most obvious, the entire process seems to be a solution in search of a problem.  The fact is no real problem even exists.  Though our constitution does not call for an “official” language, currently 82% of all Americans call English their native language; and 96% of all residents of our nation claim to speak English “well”.  This leaves few of us who are not English speaking at all – and as past history would suggest, most of those are already striving to learn the language, if they intend to live, work, and participate in our nation’s culture. Additionally, 30 states, and many other government locales, already have passed laws making English, what they designate, as their “official” language. (As a side note, those who have an “official” language have no better governance than those who do not). Continue Reading