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Hal Rhodes from NM News Services Editorial piece in the April 61 Los Alamos Monitor “English Only Please” was a disappointing example of the misunderstanding many have of the official English movement.
More than 90 percent (177) of the world’s nations have enacted an official language. English is the most common official language on Earth.
The universal language of science, commerce and industry is English. Air traffic control the world over is conducted in English.
In order to facilitate unambiguous communication in engineering, protocols are adopted. Adopting English as our official language helps make our government more efficient and is effectively simply a protocol.
It is expensive to have to provide government services in more than one language. At a time when we are trying to save money in government this is important.
The Canadian government spends $260 million annually to do governmentbusiness in both of the nation’s official languages. This figure was 0.16 percent of the Canadian federal budget. If the U.S. was to spend 0.16 percent of the federal budget to government business in two languages, the cost would be $3.8 billion. (Source: Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada.)
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