Melting Pot Not Melting?

The battle over English as our country's official language took an interesting turn recently in New York City.

The battle over English as our country's official language took an interesting turn recently in New York City.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a citywide order requiring agencies to provide assistance and translation in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian and French Creole. Bloomberg said the 1.8 million New Yorkers who struggle with speaking English should be able to interact more easily with government. The mayor says, "No other place on earth can claim such incredible diversity - it is New York City's greatest historic strength - but it can also create significant challenges."

Immigrant advocates applaud the move, while others continue to say those who live in the United States should learn to speak English.

What do you think? Did Bloomberg do the right thing, should other cities and states follow suit, or should there be an order that people speak English to receive government services?

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  • by NOBama Location: PGV on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM
    Bloomberg is the same idiot who is against the Second amendment so it doesn't suprise me on this idiotic story. Let him learn all the foreign languages and interpret on his own tax dollars.
  • by Rick Location: Elizabeth City on Aug 12, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    I feel like that John Wayne Poster, Why should I have to press "1" to speak English. All these immigrants do anything they can to get here,let them earn the right to stay....
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 3, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    I am so tired of this subject, and what amazes me the most is that it is even up for a debate....Immigrants not AMERICANS must adapt. Take it or leave it! I don't care who among you is offended or whether or not YOUR culture is offended. Our culture has been in place and developed for close to 300 years by millions who sought freedom. We speak English, not Spanish,Lebanese,Arabic,Chinese,Japanese,Russian or any other language. Most Americans believe in God. Christian men and women founded this nation on Christian principals. If God, Our Flag, our language, or anything else about our Great Nation offend you, then leave! We did not invite you here, you chose to come here and we graciously LET you. Accept our nation as it is or find another country to call home since you did not want to remain in yours. Do not come here and fly the flag of the nation you came from. Half of the nations in this world are still able to fly their colors because a bunch of Americans saw to it they could.
  • by Phillip Location: Mt. Olive on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    Is this storry a joke? Why should we change anything due to guests in our country? they should learn the language, or and a hard time. if i go to Japan, I know Im going to have a hard time, if i move there, Ill either learn japanese or deal with it. Will we change the American Flag next because it make make some uncomfortable. We have got to spand up for what we believe in and stop worrying about upseting others. If we had always been like this we would still be in England today. Wake up america
  • by mark Location: moyock on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    Ted, you have taken the words right out of my mouth! It is nice to know that there are others who share my opinion.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    If I moved to another country I would not expect or demand that services be provided to me in English. It is the DUTY of those immigrating to learn the language of this country. Our language is ENGLISH. You can disagree with that statement all you want, but that doesn't make it less true.
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