Common language helps bond a culture

To the editor:

The recent letters concerning English-only all miss a very important point. Most of the people here came from or descended from people who came from other countries and cultures. We are divided by skin color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status and financial position. We all have so many differences that there is no one thing that unites us as a society. We do not have a common heritage, and without a common language, we can not even communicate.

Each group has their own TV and radio stations, newspapers and shopping areas. We do little to commingle our groups. Diversity is good to a point, but not to the point that it fractures our society.

I am proud of my particular heritage, and I celebrate it, as do my children and grandchildren. But proudly I am an American with no hyphens!

The media and political class have divided us into subgroups with hyphenated identities, i.e. Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Italian-Americans and so forth. They do this to keep us at each other's throats and to stop us from becoming a cohesive society that will oppose the ruling class.

The only thing we could have in common is language, and that is the key to success.

Robert Raider



Road to tyranny

To the editor:

I am a 70-year-old loyal American who has voted in every election since 1960. During that time I have closely followed political processes at all levels of government. I have always had concerns about waste in government operations, but recently my concerns about the federal government have increased substantially.

Two of my concerns are:

1. Deficit spending, fiscal irresponsibility and the resulting huge debt have become the norm of an out-of-control government. Anyone with any knowledge of economics and history knows that this will result in hyperinflation, higher taxes and reduced productivity, and will substantially lower the standard of living for our children.

2. The centralization of federal power over the auto industry, banks and health care are steps toward federal control of private enterprise which, in the opinion of many legal minds, is a violation of the Constitution and is reminiscent of the fascist takeover of private enterprise in Italy during the 1930s. Additionally, I never thought I would hear federal bureaucrats referred to as "czars."

Thomas Jefferson said, "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

It saddens me to say that I now fear my government.

Richard Anderson



Glass house

To the editor:

My apology to Sen. John Ensign. I now see how my seven-year, same-sex relationship with my partner, my Iraq war veteran friend and his 12-year, same-sex relationship and my close friend's 30-year, same-sex committed relationship had become a threat that eroded his marriage.

I now understand his fear that same-sex marriage will cause the end to traditional marriage as we know it.

Mr. Ensign has brought to light how our committed same-sex relationships have influenced him to commit adultery, go against his reborn Christian beliefs and forced him into a life of hypocrisy. I appreciate how he has saved me from the same perils by opposing the sanctity of my union to my same-sex partner and why he had called for the resignation of President Clinton and Sen. Larry Craig for their infidelities.

I see now how our relationships are spreading the decay upon the sanctity of marriage. It would appear that we have already poisoned another sound marriage by forcing South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford into his infidelities.

One question for Sen. Ensign: If I wanted to help pay for the damage I have caused you from you breaking all of the windows in the glass house that you live in, where do I send a check?

Rick Smith



Pay up

To the editor:

Let me see if I understand this. Some airlines want to charge passengers a fee to sit in the emergency rows because of the extra leg room. I say great ... only if they pay those same passengers $50 to have the pleasure of sitting in a seat for five hours that doesn't recline. I think they should pay more attention to who sits in those seats, since those people might be the difference between me getting out of the airplane in an emergency situation.

A few months ago I was traveling from Boston to Las Vegas on US Airways. It appeared that some of the passengers checking in were not happy that they had seats in the emergency rows. The gate attendant picked up the public address system at the gate and made the following announcement. "If any passengers would be willing to change seats and sit in the emergency row, the airline would offer them free drinks."

Just what we all wanted, drunken passengers controlling the emergency doors.

What did Forrest Gump say? "Stupid is ..."

Neil Schwartz



Honest election

To the editor:

John McCain recently voiced strong support for honest elections in Iran with these words in the June 17 issue of USA Today: "And when an election is stolen, the United States should condemn it."

I think most Americans would agree with that statement. But what did John McCain say when the leadership of the Nevada Republican Party halted an election for delegates at the Nevada State Republican Convention last year? He was strangely silent, even though a word from his campaign organization could have ensured that the election was completed according to the rules, rather than disrupted contrary to the rules.

The election was halted and never finished because the state party leadership favored John McCain and they could see that the election for delegates to the National Republican Convention was not producing delegates who favored McCain. This is documented in the Time magazine article of last July 10.

Apparently John McCain is against dishonest elections unless such an election happens to benefit him personally. Then he is silent.

John McCain needs to practice in the United States what he advocates for elections in other parts of the world.

Robert Holloway