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Web site using Spanish needed

Letters to the Editor
Published February 19, 2006

I am impressed that Hernando County government has brought forward the possibilities of allowing a Web site with a Spanish translation for consideration by the County Commission. There is a very active base of Spanish-speaking people in Hernando County, some say up to 10,000, who cherish their culture, ethnicity and language in this county. In the United States, some 40 percent of the population now is Hispanic and our country is the fourth-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

The question is not, "to do in Rome as the Romans do," as was suggested by some allowed their voice on the opinion pages of our local newspapers, or to mention the background of an isolated east-European immigrant who was forced to adjust his lifestyle and language to adapt to this country and its promise for a better future. We're talking a population-base in Hernando County of 10,000, many of whom have formed their own communities of festivities and activities.

I had the good fortune in the early 1990s to host some 27 Portuguese-speaking young people from Brazil here for a cultural and language immersion for three months during the summer school break. They were urged to speak only English with their host families, but on outings at various amusement parks, we allowed them one hour to speak their language among themselves, which they were excited to accomplish in an intensive interaction. Language is their culture, their ethnicity, their birthright.

We should do all that is possible to accommodate our wonderful Hispanic-speaking population base, engaging however we can with their skills, talents and lifestyles.

-- Deron Mikal, Brooksville

Brown-Waite speaks only "company' line

Re: Supporting troops in word only, Feb. 6 guest column by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

Leave it to Brown-Waite to carry out the administration's mode of communication: Talk a lot and say nothing.

Her diatribe shows once again that the label of congressional representative is a huge misnomer. From the presidential pledge to be a "uniter" and not a "divider," we have the ranting of Brown-Waite accusing the "liberals" of undermining the war, and troops, in Iraq. How sad and pathetic.

I cannot even muster outrage at her sophomoric squawking, but rather just a sense of sadness that she is actually a member of the Congress of the United States. How terribly, terribly sad for us all.

Brown-Waite, it seems, would have us all ignore the administration's rationale for beginning this war, conveniently ignore the ever-changing rationale to justify the continued occupation, and more conveniently ignore the rising death count on both sides.

I fought in Vietnam. The best thing that happened was that we finally got out. The worse thing that happened was that so many perished for political agendas under the guise of "liberation."

Conservatives and liberals can do all the dividing and blaming they want and need to do to bolster their platforms. People are still dying horrible deaths while politicians play politics.

I mourn for the loss of each life and I mourn for survivors. I mourn for the loss of freedoms in our own country. And I mourn for the lack of competent, dedicated, and ethical representatives in our government.

-- Bob E. Dodd, Dade City

Representative not supporting troops

Re: Supporting troops in word only, Feb. 6 guest column by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

It is my humble opinion that Brown-Waite is the one who does not support our troops. She supported sending our soldiers to invade a country that posed no threat to us. She supports sending our military to kill for - the latest reason - "freedom."

She approves of our "anything goes" policies, putting our troops at risk of being charged with international crimes after this mess is over. I could go on about all your "active" support that speaks louder than your hollow "support the troops" words.

I am not antiwar. I believe at times war is necessary. However, I do not support this Iraq war, and I stand up proudly, screaming at the top of my lungs, "Bring my brothers and sisters home!"

-- Peggy Moore, Spring Hill

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