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English-only only gets you so far

In the latest example of genuflecting to the supremacy of the English language, the Bonner County Republican Central Committee objected last week to the theme of the local county fair, which is “Fiesta at the Fair.”

Fiesta isn’t a good enough English word for them, so they decided to substitute “Celebrate” in their booth, which is their right. Just as the First Amendment guarantee of Free Speech includes the right to shut up, the guarantee of a Free Press surely includes the right to play editor and change someone’s wording. To complain that they chose a verb to replace a noun seems inordinately picky.

Before anyone shrugs their shoulders and writes this off as one of those quirky North Idahoisms, it must be noted that Clint Didier, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington, got big applause in Puyallup last week when he mentioned one of the planks of his platform: “English is the only language.”

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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