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STATE BUDGET: Save money on translators

Letter by Bobby J. Gee, Lakewood on July 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm | 14 Comments »
July 26, 2010 9:19 am

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.

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