A great start In response to Roy Valdes’ letter “Contributing to America” (Your Views, March 28): He has the unmitigated gall to blast business owners. These workers have the time to learn English; they refuse to. As far as his grandmother, I know of no one who would make fun of her trying to speak English because my grandfather came from Russia and spoke broken English, and no one made fun of him because he tried to speak English. The Spanish-speaking people refuse to assimilate into the American culture because they want to keep their heritage. If you are a citizen of the United States, you should disavow allegiance to where you came from.
I also resent what Valdez said about the people fighting in our wars. I lost my deferment from college in 1972 and went overseas and served just like my father did in 1942, my grandfather in 1919 and my son during 9/11. When I was discharged from the service I worked 50 hours a week and went to school, and I made it.
You get out of America what you put into it. Speaking English would be a great start where it can be learned on the job.
Born in America Regarding “Contributing to America:” “Clarity over agreement” is a favorite mantra of mine and many. I am an American of German descent. My grandparents came to America in the early 1900s from Germany. I believe that makes me a second-generation American.
I cannot speak for all Anglo-Saxon people, but I am concerned that after three generations Roy Valdes considers himself a “Spanish/Cuban American,” not an American of Spanish/Cuban descent. If you were born on U.S. soil you
I have worked in many trades, from medical to manufacturing. Many of my co-workers have been immigrant Asians and Latinos. Many have intense pride in their ethnic heritage. No Cambodian likes to be called a Vietnamese, or a Cuban a Dominican. The importance of this segregation/separation is passed on to the next generation to the determent of identifying themselves as first and foremost an American. And so on to the third or fourth generation.
The new pope from Argentina is touted in the news as the “first Latino” pope. He was born to Italian immigrants in Argentina (first generation). I may be wrong, but imagine the uproar if he was identified as the first Italian-Argentine pope.
As we all pursue happiness together as Americans of Anglo-Saxon, Latino, African or Asian descent, remember, “United we stand, divided we fall.”
Utmost courtesy Regarding the front page story “Ailing vet’s VA plight is Web cause” (March 29): Surely it would be easy to get the signatures of 40,000 disgruntled veterans, considering the millions of veterans routinely served by the VA. I have been a beneficiary of the James Haley VA’s efficient and professional care for more than 15 years, going for treatment about every six weeks, beginning when I was 72. I also have benefited from its low-cost prescription service, and never in that time have I been treated with anything but the utmost courtesy and consideration.