In his letter to the editor (Dec. 11), Jim Seuss assumes that Spanish-speaking voters must be newly arrived, non-citizen immigrants. This in turn, according to Seuss, justifies the illegal hiring of private guards to intimidate voters in Latino precincts.
A more logical assumption is that these Spanish-speaking voters are native-born citizens, descendants of Spanish and Mexican people who came to the Southwest decades before the English arrived on the East Coast, and Native Americans who arrived in California 10,000 years ago. Many of these longtime Americans live in tightknit communities, where Spanish is the generally used language.
WILLIAM H. WOOD