It is interesting to read the debate about an official language of the US, but I am amazed at how many contortions the simple statement I made, "the US has no official language", has created everything from the quoting of state law and noting proposed legislation to opinions expressed about speaking in native tongues in your home, but speaking English on the street, say what? And no, ES, Esq., my statement was "I challenge anyone to provide evidence to the contrary by citing any US law, statute or regulation, presidential proclamation or otherwise, designating English, or any other language, as the "official language of the good old U.S.of A." and if memories fade, memories can be refreshed by referring to the last line of my letter. However, the fact remains, let me make this perfectly clear, there is presently no federal legislation, law, rule, requirement, statute, regulation, presidential proclamation, order or otherwise, that designates or requires English, or any other language as the "official" language of the government of the US. And furthermore, I never said I did not "like" the idea of English as the "official" language, as attributed to me by Charles W's letter, therefore, I will not be packing off and moving to Tijuana. Comprende? In fact, I wholeheartedly agree with R.L. Ranger's letter. I believe English should be made the "official" language of the US. I am happy that Mr. Ranger pointed out that there is presently legislation pending and that more information about this topic can be found at the website of US English, Inc., an activist organization that supports English as the official language of the US and refers to H.R. 997, proposed by Congressman Steve King (R-IA), which can be found at http://www.us-english.org/inc/legislation/federal/hr997.asp.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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