North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Opinion

June 26, 2013

Danielle Cater: To gripe in English, please press "1"

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COMMENTARY —

I would be sorely disappointed if I went to Russia and expected all sales clerks and business owners to reference me using my English dialect. No, I would expect them to speak Russian, and they should, in return, expect me to speak English if they come to America.

It’s painful to watch a country bend over backward to accommodate people who aren’t citizens, aren’t paying their dues and aren’t being a positive addition to society. We shouldn’t give in to every whim of outsiders who aren’t contributing to the well-being of America. If you are a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen of America, then you have every right to make your voice heard. Go through the proper channels and make things happen. But it is ridiculous for us to sit by while people who don’t do it the right way, run all over the people who are trying to go through the proper chain of command to make a difference in their country.

I know I sound like a preacher on a soapbox in the streets, but it really gets under my skin to feel like an outsider in my own homeland. Our forefathers fought hard for the rights that we have, and we would be doing them a great injustice if we sat by and didn’t stand up for what we believe in.

I believe in America. I appreciate our rights and freedoms in this great country. I love the freedom of a fair trial, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms and every freedom that has been afforded us. I think it would be a shame for us to give up on keeping the English language as our primary language.

Yes, I do speak English. And no, I do not wish to press “1” in order to continue to do so.

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