2008-07-31 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion?

Compiled by Bill O'Neill

Question: Mayor Bloomberg ordered all city services to be translated into six languages, which requires agencies to provide assistance and translation in those most commonly spoken by nearly two million New Yorkers with limited English proficiency so they can interact more easily with government. Do you agree? Why or why not?


"I do agree. A lot of people say if you come here you should speak the language, but that's not true. A lot of people just come here. Give them a chance."                 
- Linda Mejias, Canarsie"I do agree. A lot of people say if you come here you should speak the language, but that's not true. A lot of people just come here. Give them a chance." - Linda Mejias, Canarsie"Yes, I agree because I think it will be easier for people to understand about government and where they are living. They have to understand the laws and their rights and get everything they are entitled to."             
- Don Balladin, Canarsie"Yes, I agree because I think it will be easier for people to understand about government and where they are living. They have to understand the laws and their rights and get everything they are entitled to." - Don Balladin, Canarsie"I don't agree. This is America and English is spoken here. So it's essential that everybody speak English. And there are a lot of programs to teach people English. Plus, Bloomberg's plan would cost a lot of money — when we are supposed to be in a recession." 
- Lashonda Bush, East New York"I don't agree. This is America and English is spoken here. So it's essential that everybody speak English. And there are a lot of programs to teach people English. Plus, Bloomberg's plan would cost a lot of money — when we are supposed to be in a recession." - Lashonda Bush, East New York"I agree, because, as a city worker, I have come across a lot of people who wanted things translated for them. It's more efficient for the city when they have things translated for them." 
- Liz M., Queens"I agree, because, as a city worker, I have come across a lot of people who wanted things translated for them. It's more efficient for the city when they have things translated for them." - Liz M., Queens

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