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Dear Editor:
Several letters to the Editor this week discussed "English as the Official Language" in the US. Federal and state legislation has been introduced, and there have been some enactments passed by state legislatures, (including state constitutional amendments) addressing the language and English-plus issues. For example, in Hawaii, English and Hawaiian are "official languages." (I had read, but I have not reconfirmed, another state, New Mexico had designated both "English and Spanish" as official languages or at least an "English-plus" initiative-(encouraging people to learn English, plus a second language). There are some state statutes enacted and/or state constitutional amendments passed designating English as the official language in some states. Diversity and tolerance (indigenous languages and English, German, French, Spanish, etc. being spoken by immigrants) led to historical reasons for the English language treatment as "quasi-official" in the past. Readers interested in finding references including state and federal legislation introduced and/or passed, and historical information, etc. can easily find more detailed information such as a random search led to: http://www.cal.org/ericcll/digest/lewel/ol.html (or) http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/ed406849.html

E.S., Esq.
Minneapolis, MN



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