Went to work the polls in Florida, after flight, finding hotel room, settling in, I had to attend orientation. Dead tired, and had to listen to the speaker say a sentence, then wait while it was repeated in Spanish. Floridian sitting next to me said that was how all public meetings had to be handled in Florida, since so many people didn’t speak English. It made a half hour meeting into an hour long meeting and was so mind bogglingly annoying and I doubt that anyone really got much out of it. At least, that explains why Florida is such a mess. Half of the people can’t communicate with the other half. If you are planning to live in a country, you have a responsibility to learn to communicate with the general population. My grandfather taught himself English, while saving money for the trip, and spoke it well enough to make it through an interview and get the job the first week off the boat. All of our ancestors did it, even the earliest one. If you can’t be bothered to do that, it’s your problem and the rest of us shouldn’t have to accommodate you.
May 22, 2015