Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Kansas now has a toothless law declaring English as our official language

By Diane Silver

Well, that solves all our problems. (Note the sarcasm.)

I can't imagine that a law declaring English to be the official language of Kansas is based on anything except fear. Are we so helpless in this state that we can't even continue to speak our own language?

Such bills say more about our own sense of weakness and helplessness, about our own self-perceived inability to take care of ourselves, than they say about anything that any immigrant might do.

At the same time, they also make it harder for those for whom English is a second language, and such bills certainly have to make them feel unwelcome.

Despite the toothless nature of the law, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should never have signed it.

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