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Letters: Edwards hurting the county

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Celebrate bilingualism

(Refer to the Tipsline titled “Speak English”)

The U.S. is neither officially nor totally an English-speaking country.

The Web site, http://www.nvtc.gov/lotw/months/november/USlanguages.html states: “Far from being monolingual, the U.S. is a highly multilingual country. The number of languages spoken in the United States is 311. Of these, 162 are indigenous, and 149 are immigrant languages.

“According to the Census Bureau, in 14 million U.S. households people speak a language other than English.”

Most countries in the world are either bilingual or multilingual. Examples:

– There are 23 official languages in India (Including Hindi and English).

– Canada is officially bilingual ” French and English.

– Hawaii is officially bilingual (English and Hawaiian).

– In Florida, at the municipal level, Hialeah recognizes both English and Spanish while Miami recognizes English, French Creole, and Spanish as official government languages.

– In Guatemala, the official language is Spanish, however, there are 23 distinct Mayan languages.

– In Singapore, English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil are all official languages.

United States Americans (all are descendants of immigrants from multi-cultural and multi-lingual backgrounds) should be embarrassed to know only one language. Bilingual people, no matter if their second language is Egyptian Arabic, Kirundi, Gaelic or Swahili, do better in math and science. Research and test scores prove it. Some people lack the mentality to understand the facts about bilingualism because of their ego-centric, monolingual limitations.

Just think, Mr. Boylan, the native Spanish-speakers who are becoming bilingual are more intelligent than you are. When you travel, do you speak the native language or do you expect people in other countries to accommodate you?

Bambi Forbes

Edwards

Edwards should incorporate

If I am not mistaken, by Colorado statute, for an area to be classified by the word “town,” the area needs to be incorporated.

My question to the Vail Daily is: Why do you call the strip mall area of Edwards a town? If you want to call it a town, why aren’t you calling for the area to incorporate and generate their own sales taxes to support their infrastructure?

Right now, county sales taxes, collected in other incorporated areas, are being used for Edwards infrastructure to the detriment of the entire county.

Lewis Meskimen

Vail


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