I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral election. Guess what? Surprise! It's printed (AT MY EXPENSE) in English (the official language of this nation) and, get this, of all languages, spanish.
Huh? Spanish?
My native language isn't either. Neither is that of my neighbor. Nor hers. Nor theirs. Few spaniards reside in this town. Plenty of intelligent Vietnamese. Lots of smart French. Some Italians. Tons of Chinese. Filipinos. Even Russians.

Yet, few, if any, spanish.
Yet, there it is. Another insult that I PAID FOR!
Shipped right to my door instead of spoken daily
into my telephone handset while calling the dmv.
I just do not understand why this undue American
obsession with the spanish language?
All over America, English and, uh, spanish?
And forcing me to pay for that?
Now, if the spanish wish to talk in their tongue to their neighbors, let 'em. But, when I AM PAYING FOR the ballot, I ask, why spanish? Why not Chinese?
Why not French? Why not Italian? Why not German?.
Why only spanish?
The uninspired of you will call me "racist" and "illiterate" and "illogical" and "biased" ... (and perhaps worse), and, while you are welcome to your initial opinion please note that I'm not taking any money from you ... and I'm not forcing you to pay for my illiteracy.
Why only the spanish?
The number of asians, for example, in my community so vastly outweigh the spanish that they dwarf the european community. Yet they don't require "Press 1 for Asian" on every telephone call I make to a government agency. They score highly in school. They go to work instead of standing around the Home Depot (yes, I do know why those guys are there at the pickup entrances).

The writing as clear as day. The spanish are somehow different than the asians, the blacks, the caucasians, the natives, the polynesians, etc.
But, what is that which is different about the spanish?

What is so different that I should be required to pay for the absolute laziness of an entire people? Generation after generation after generation.
No other culture apparently requires me to constantly & continually pay for their cultural laziness & stupididy.

Please, can someone (anyone) explain to me why it's just the spanish that can't seem to understand English?

Orak Listalavostok
PS Flame all you like but please answer the question posed.
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I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral election. Guess what? Surprise! It's printed (AT MY EXPENSE) in English (the official language of this nation) and, get this, of all languages, spanish. Huh? Spanish?

There is no official language of The United States and there are lots of Spanish speaking citizens. Puerto Rico for instance has Spanish as it's language and large areas of the Southwest have many native Spanish speakers whose families lived there before the lands were annexed
I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral ... nation) and, get this, of all languages, spanish. Huh? Spanish?

There is no official language of The United States and there are lots of Spanish speaking citizens. Puerto Rico for ... and large areas of the Southwest have many native Spanish speakers whose families lived there before the lands were annexed

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I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral election. Guess what? Surprise! It's printed (AT MY EXPENSE) in ... The number of asians, for example, in my community so vastly outweigh the spanish that they dwarf the european community.

I, for one, am on your side. Not that I agree with you in any way, but I just have to admire anyone that can construct a sentence that says that the Asians are heavier than the Spanish, and that Asians in your community are so large that they make the Europeans look like dwarfs. In my part of the country, the Asians tend to be thin and the Spanish - especially the ladies - seem to be far from half-vast. I've never met a dwarf, but I once petted a reindeer. I don't know if it was a European reindeer or not, though. I couldn't place the accent.

Your diatribe impresses me so much that I'll offer to pay for your ballot. Send me your address and I'll reimburse you for the cost of the ballot. I'll even overlook your erroneous statement that English is the official language of the United States.
Yet they don't require "Press 1 for Asian" on every telephone call I make to a government agency. They score ... spanish that can't seem to understand English? Orak Listalavostok PS Flame all you like but please answer the question posed.

I'd like to, but without knowing what city or state you live in, it's pretty difficult to know if Spanish is prevalent enough in the area to warrant this special attention. There's a certain tin-foil hat style to your writing that suggests that you're a Californian, and Spanish is known to be spoken in certain parts of California (even if not your particular town), but that's just a guess.
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There is no official language of The United States and there are lots of Spanish speaking citizens.

Should that be "Spanish-speaking citizens" or "Spanish speaking- citizens"?
Puerto Rico for instance has Spanish as it's language and ... speakers whose families lived there before the lands were annexed

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Puerto Rico is plural?

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I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral election. Guess what? Surprise! It's printed (AT MY EXPENSE) in English (the official language of this nation) and, get this, of all languages, spanish.

In California, ballots are usually printed in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Tagalog.

I would say the right of people to vote in the language they best understand and are least likely to become confused or make mistakes outweights the cost to the state of having to provide voting materials in more than one language.

Chris Green
I just received the local ballot for the upcoming mayoral ... of this nation) and, get this, of all languages, spanish.

What is the Spanish for dimpled chad?
Listen to me:
Stop using the term "Spanish" or "Spaniard" to refer to the amerindians, mestizos that happen to speak Spanish and that are from south of your border. I´m a real Spanish, I´m a real Spaniard, I´m an European, I´m white, I´m a Western man. Those people that you mention, in fact the 99% of the people that you call "hispanic, spanish, spaniard" are NONE of those terms. Imagine that I call Jamaican English because they happen to speak English. Do you think that the Englishmen will consider that the Jamaicans, the Nigerians, the Hindus are Englishmen just because they speak English and happen to be a English ex-colony??.
So, it is the same for the terms "Spanish, Spaniard, Hispanic". The only people that suits those terms are people from Europe, from Spain.

In fact, We Spaniards think exactly the same about the so called """Hispanics""". We don´t like them either. They have nothing to do with us Spaniards except for the language.
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