The people of California have sent a strong message to those whose first language is a foreign one: Speak English, or else! Fine, I understand that fear and racial bigotry motivated most of the people who voted for the passage of Proposition 63. I wonder, however, if any of them were able to foresee the many problems connected with this decision.
Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) states that he "concedes" that state services that should be provided in languages other than English are public health, safety and justice. Perhaps Hill could tell me just under what heading he puts driver's tests? Do he and his fellow hate mongers really believe that preventing foreigners from obtaining drivers' licenses will keep them off the road? Has it occurred to any of them that these people will drive themselves to work, with or without a valid license? And, not knowing the rules, are they not likely to cause accidents?
Another inspired person, J. William Orozco, Southern California spokesman for the campaign, adds that school notices sent home in languages other than English "should be eliminated." Excellent idea! I can already see children kept from school field trips because their parents could not read the permission slips they should have signed.