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I am writing in response to the letter to the editor (“Why Spanish?” Sierra Sun) on Sept. 3.

I want to say I agree fully with everything the letter writer commented on regarding the Sierra Sun having a Spanish section. My mother moved to the United States when she was a little girl. My grandmother, along with six children, made the trip from Panama to North Hollywood. My grandmother was sponsored, showed the ability to have an income and learned English. In fact, all my uncles and aunts including my mother learned English. I am a first-generation born in this country and as a boy growing up, I was taught English only. No Spanish. I’d often wonder why my relatives all spoke Spanish at family get-togethers. But the minute they left the inside of the house, they spoke English.

In my opinion, when publications, pamphlets, labels and Town of Truckee newsletters are in Spanish as well as English I’m baffled. By not forcing others to speak our language of English, they are being held back and kept in a lower economic level. Possibly in the future Spanish will be the dominate language, but for at least a couple more generations, English is the language that most speak. The United States is known as a “melting pot.” That implies what ever you put in the pot joins together to become one final product.

It’s impossible for people to “melt” together when they speak different languages and maintain cultures above that of the United States. Our country is no longer a melting pot as when my mother came here.

Will this cause our country to fall apart someday? You bet! I’m just not sure what language I’ll be speaking when that happens.

I was very fortunate to be taught English, only, when growing up.

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