No! More doctors and engineers will only drive-up the price of homes in the neighborhoods I'm looking to buy in.Michael Stumpf said:I think it was George Will that was commenting this morning (somebody correct me if I am wrong) about Pittsburgh. That wonderful city is making a concerted effort to attract immigrants as part of its economic development strategy. It wants to be seen as an appealing place for the entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, and others leaving India, Korea, Mexico and other countries to seek opportunity in America.
What does that mean when you say "English as the official language"? Does this mean no bilingual education or ESL classes? No forms in Spanish if there are many Spanish-speaking people in the community?Mike D. said:I support.....
LEGAL immigration and English as the official language. Learn the language and come to the country legally and I'll say welcome.
I am sure there are some to whom that is the reason for their support of a English as the official language as a national goal. But not all supporters are xenophones or zenonphobes (the fear of inert gasses) Others like me believe too much diversity will lead to the establishment of state-sized enclaves which, in turn, will lead to a balkanization of America eventually. I think we are going to have a major problem on our hands in fifty or so years. I believe that a common language is best. My ancestors spoke something different too. America, as an idea, is more important to me than race or culture. Thus it's survival should be placed as a higher priority than the continuation of "cultural pride" - even my own.Mud Princess said:The "English only" movement has always seemed so xenophobic to me...
I'm one of that crowd.Greenescapist said:I'd love to hear what are some people's reasons for "closing the borders now." There haven't been any comments yet from that crowd. I've seen some great economic analyses done of how immigration contributes to the overall US economy. It is an extraordinary benefit - besides the more obvious cultural, political and scientific ones, of course.
Olney was a blue collar section of Philadelphia. Now, it's mostly a Korean population, with a few holdouts, and a section of Latino's to the south.donk said:With respect to street signs, there is nothing better in Toronto then wandering through via Italia, with italian Street signs, China Town with chinese signs and the portuguese are with portuguese signs. These areas all have english signs also but the seond language adds to the character of the place.
Mastiff said:Olney was a blue collar section of Philadelphia. Now, it's mostly a Korean population, with a few holdouts, and a section of Latino's to the south.
Here's how not to come into a section of town. Buy a storefront, put in a small grocery or retail shop, make all of your signs with Korean only, and ignore anyone but Korean shoppers. Then, late one night, and without any permission from the city, put up Korean street signs over the exisitng signs. Have a nice little diner, with the cool hibachi's to cook meat, and have not a single waiter or waitress speak English. (I refused to be denied, of course, and made mooing sounds for my dinner, and clucked and flapped for the wife.)
That... is how to come to a country and start some very bad blood. I know, I was there, and I saw how "well" it went. Why should the people living there welcome the newcomers? Like I said before... be prepared to do a little "melting".
[ot] That is one of my favorite sayings - the other being "Give an infinite amount of monkeys and infinite amount of typewriters and an infinite amount of time, and sooner they'll create the works of Shakespeare" [/ot]Mastiff said:BKM - Thanks... even a blind squirrel finds a nut from time to time.