As I prepared for a meeting with the state Department of Social and Health Services, I thought to go online and review a related document. I was offered a choice of English, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
This seems a lot to publish a one-page document. It must cost a lot too.
Why only nine languages? What about the other immigrant nationalities? I know a lot of people from Thailand, Nigeria, Eritrea and the Philippines. Several people I have met that I thought were Russian were really from Ukraine. All the ones I have met spoke English.
I am sure that I am not alone when I say that if my tax dollars are going to pay for state-provided services to anyone, I expect them to the know the culture and language of my state and nation, not the other way around.