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Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 12:00 am

Re: Matt Gilliam’s July 5 letter.

The United States is known as a huge “melting pot,” meaning that there is no prominent race. We’re simply Americans.

Being that we are all Americans, we are all granted rights and freedoms. In the Bill of Rights, it is established that we as Americans have freedom of speech, of religion and of the press, among other things. The American public knows this. OK, so why does it matter that billboards are in Spanish, or that a newspaper printed by the Odessa America happens to be in Spanish. They are funded/sponsored by someone; they don’t pop up randomly just for kicks.

So who cares that those signs are in Spanish? No one makes anyone read them. These signs are meant for citizens, as well as legal aliens, who only know Spanish. Yes, there are many actual U.S. citizens who only know Spanish. Hence the signs, newspapers and bilingual programs in the schools.

Those Spanish signs are not about ignoring the “American culture” whatever that may be. It’s about recognizing and understanding your roots.

Being that I am Hispanic, I’m very well aware of how important it is to know English just as well as Spanish. Fortunately for me, I do know the English language. But I also know what my culture/background is.

So what if 86 percent of U.S. Hispanic households favor Spanish over English in their homes? It’s no one’s business what happens in the privacy of their own homes. For the record, it’s to emphasize to the youth how important it is to know Spanish just as well as English. According to some writers, the speaking of the Spanish language has gotten out of hand to the point that it is becoming a threat to the American public.

I like how people quickly get angry with the whole immigration problem, but also get angry at the rising prices of oil. How does this go together?

Well, in the oilfields, especially around West Texas, many illegal aliens go to work, under false Social Security numbers of course, working at a low hourly wages, barely making any money, to pump oil so that the “American culture” can drive their big cars.

I would like to see someone who has a cushy office job go out into the oilfield from the wee hours of the morning to about 8 in the evening.

Those immigrants do the jobs no one else wants to do. They do them because it is a job and provides them with money.

I don’t buy that illegal aliens abuse the system; without a valid Social Security one cannot get aid from the government. So tell me how do they destroy the system.

We as American citizens establish a federal withholding tax, among other things, and in essence we sometimes get this back. However, those immigrants who have fake Social Security cards get nothing back. Where does THAT money go? (I guess you could say that in a way they pay for themselves. No?)

I hear no one complaining about that excess money that the government gets due to those fake Social Security numbers.

Furthermore, who’s to say what region of the world belongs to whom, based on skin color and/or race.

We are all human. Each of us has a right to live just as much as the next person.

I guess I better watch out where I speak Spanish. I might cause someone around me to feel threatened.

Odessa, TX

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