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Thu., May 8, 2008, 10 p.m.

OfCoffee: Sali Right About Official English

Re: Sali honored by official English group
Supporting English as the official language would save the taxpayer millions of dollars. In addition, having a common language IS a unifying factor in any culture, as is a common history and a common culture. None of this is racial or xenophobic, so put down your loaded keyboard. Arthur Schlesinger, Jack Kennedy's presidential advisor, Pulitzer Prize winner and Democratic activist, supported this well in his book "The Disuniting of America." Calling for English as the official language does not preclude anyone from being proud of their heritage, etc. My grandparents came over from the Basque country and didn't speak any English at all. They made the effort to learn it, and made the effort to become Americans. They didn't demand that that government reprint or re-communicate everything in Basque for their benefit. But this didn't preclude them from holding on to their culture in their personal life. Funny how how Arthur won the Pulitzer, but when Bill Sali acts on the same idea, up comes all the accusations. Sad, really/OfCoffee.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.