Thursday, July 13, 2006

Friday Not-So-Cemetery Blogging

Don't worry - it'll be back. As soon as the developing company finds the roll of film they lost!! I have so gotta go digital. Soon.

So, instead, I thought I'd post a letter I sent to NPR. Its not that great, but its something. Oh, and by the way, I'm coming looking for you Jim! I'm gonna kick yer butt after yesterday's comment. Writing about that earworm had finally purged it, until your comment plunked it right back in my head.

Check out this story first:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5554134

Dear NPR,

I’ve always thought that the calls for making English our official language were unnecessary and a complete waste of time. Now, I’ve had to rethink my position. After listing to this morning’s interview with John Yoo, I now completely understand the need for an official language.

Mr. Yoo, a former justice department employee, does not seem to have much of a grasp of the English language. He complains that phrases such as “outrages on personal dignity” and “principles of justice followed by civilized nations” are ambiguous and he’s unable to understand them.

We certainly need people running this country who can understand the language our laws and treaties are written in at least as well as the average American. Maybe we should start some sort of a work program that hires immigrants to read and explain these laws for our administration.


Sincerely,
spookyrach

4 comments:

RC said...

i like your letter and your thought is an interesting one to chew on.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

Patti said...

Can we look forward to them reading your email on the air? Then I could finally claim to know a celebrity! I totally agree with the content, by the way.

Jim said...

I don't have time to listen to the story right now, but I didn't want to wait to comment.

Good job! I like that you signed it as spookyrach too. ;-)

I think English should be the official language of our entire nation. I'm not sure why this is such a hot button in our culture. It's not an immigrant issue either, in my mind. Listen to us! Most American born citizens speak and write in terrible english, I'm sure this is an unintended consequence of our long-standing laissez faire attitude.

Good job. And not only on the letter; you're generally a good writer. I like your style.

SpookyRach said...

Thanks for the comments! Just listening to that interview yesterday made me want to kick that guy in the crotch while lecturing him about the evils of torture.

Then I decided that was maybe a little bit hypocritical and wrote a letter instead. ha.