Joseph Cramer, M.D.: English is necessary for good medical care

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  • tenx
    May 31, 2008 6:06 p.m.

    I'll vote for English and allowing only Legal Immigrants into the USA.

  • hey bubble boy
    May 31, 2008 5:57 p.m.

    It is not bitterness and it is certainly not irrelevant.

    The times- they are'a changing!

    All across the nation citizens are weary of the lack of enforcement of immigration laws by the Federal Government; now local governments are taking matters into their own hands.

    For awhile illegal aliens will be able to find areas where enforcement is still slack (venido! Utah!) but eventually all the corners will be swept clean.

    The chaos is going to be shipped back where it came from. magnificent! no?

  • to idiota
    May 31, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    When you say "American are weary of their generous welcoming spirit being blatantly abused and their laws flaunted and ignored" (please note that I assume you mean "Americans" and not American and I also assume you mean "flouted" and not "flaunted") for whom do you speak? What group identifies with your fears and hates? No one controls the cultural amalgam that is the USA. What we are witnessing is a magnificent example of chaos at work. So, either sit back and enjoy the ride until you leave this mortality, or spew forth your intolerance and stew in your irrelevant bitterness.

  • idiota
    May 31, 2008 3:51 p.m.

    The Law of the Land:
    "Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language."

    What WILL change is that English will be made the official language of the nation, a long overdue reform.

    American are weary of their generous welcoming spirit being blatantly abused and their laws flaunted and ignored.

    You are partially right, my friend, change is coming.

    Stew on that.

  • bigots-r-us
    May 31, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    "It is not BIGOTRY to expect people to meet minimum requirements in exchange for the privilege of being a citizen."

    Again, you don't make the rules concerning how society works. In the past 50 years countless changes have occurred from what was once normative to what is current practice. As bigots die their attitudes die with them. That is reality. Stew in your bitterness or get on with your own life's purpose and leave others alone. . .

  • All for English
    May 31, 2008 3:26 p.m.

    English IS the language of the land, period. Those who refuse to learn to speak, write and read it, don't have my sympathy!

  • idiots-r-u
    May 31, 2008 3:21 p.m.

    If someone comes into my practice to receive care and does not speak English and expects me to treat them it is my business.
    If they show up at the courthouse to transact business and my tax dollars have to pay for a translator it is my business.
    If they show up at my kids school and they have to discontinue teaching Japanese and Calculus to hire teachers to teach people English it is my business.
    If they can't read road signs and cause an accident and kill my family it is my business.
    If they can't cast an informed ballot because they don't know what is happening in the country and community it is my business.

    Need I go on?

    It is not BIGOTRY to expect people to meet minimum requirements in exchange for the privilege of being a citizen.

    Under the law one has to demonstrate proficiency in English to become a citizen.

    Is it bigotry to expect everyone to drive on the same side of the road?
    Is it bigotry to expect everyone to get the same vaccines?

    It is IDIOCY not to establish one common language.

  • I think....
    May 31, 2008 2:53 p.m.

    diversity is a wonderful thing, but if you are from a different country and decided to make America your home, please learn to speak English. There are classes out there that you can take to learn the English language....

  • bigots-r-us
    May 31, 2008 2:46 p.m.

    "Tolerating substantial nonEnglish speaking segments within the country is a huge impediment to the orderly function of our nation and society."

    It is none of your business what language people speak--they have as much right to speak whatever language they choose as do you. The USA is based on allowing peoples from anywhere in the world access to come and live and make a meaningful life. There are no religious requirements, no language requirements, nothing. All can strive to achieve whatever his or her goal may be. And bigotry, such as yours, is decreasing with each year as more and more elitist bigots die. . . You don't make the rules--society is in a constant flux. Either learn to adapt or stew in your bitterness. . .

  • Phantom Panther
    May 31, 2008 7:42 a.m.

    Very well stated! Common sense says we need to have a common language in this country. We used to understand that. However, with everything "traditional" being defined as "racist," the hard left will not be moved by common sense. According to their goofiness, physicians and everyone else need to learn every language in the world to solve the "language barrier."

  • ..... divided we fall
    May 31, 2008 6:15 a.m.


    What makes America great is her unity- unity in values and goal and practices.

    When we decided to forge 13 weak colonies (diversity) into a United State we set out on the path we continue today. We have common laws, language, cultural values. It is and has been a great advantage.

    Europe has struggled for centuries to achieve what we are blessed with.

    We do not appreciate or value what we have inherited however, seemingly willing to trade our birthright of unity for a mess of diversity porridge.

    A common language is an indispensable prerequisite to maintaining our unity. It facilitates commerce within our country. It allows the sharing of ideas and discussion of issues.

    It is impossible to overstate how foolish we are to fritter away that advantage.

    Tolerating substantial nonEnglish speaking segments within the country is a huge impediment to the orderly function of our nation and society.

    Anyone who deals with it already appreciates that fully.
    It compromises delivery of healthcare as the article notes.
    It bogs education down to the detriment of the students.
    It makes judicial and other civil intercourse more expensive and ineffective.

    We must preserve a common national language.

  • united we stand .....
    May 31, 2008 6:16 a.m.

    Some in our society have developed a fetish for diversity. It is to be promoted, subsidized, forced, worshiped.
    It is, however, an empty and misguided obsession.
    Empty because it belabors the obvious- we are all unique and different. Not because of the superficial trapping the diversity crowd worship- skin color, gender, language- but because we are all unique souls with unique ideas and thoughts. You just have to look deeper than the surface to recognize it. It is what Dr King meant when he said he hoped people would be valued for their character and not their skin color.
    Misguided because it is not our diversity that raises us up as a people, it is our unity. It is to the extent that we come together in purpose and belief that we become strong and free. It is the difference between a mob and a nation. Divided we are a tangle of threads, individually weak, useless as a tangle. Unite in purpose and vision and the threads are woven into a rope of great use and strength.
    This is all a verbose introduction to the point which is America and what makes her great.