Judging English
Apr 04, 2017 | 17205 views | 0 0 comments | 1129 1129 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The Daily News reported that Queens judges no longer warn jurors who speak limited English to take language lessons or regularly return to court until they're proficient.

Court Administration Office spokesman Lucian Chalfen said four judges cited by the probe no longer threaten jurors this way, or tell them they won't be paid for

jury duty if they're excused due to limited English.

Chalfen admitted that finding a jury is a tough challenge in Queens "where over 135 languages are spoken." Is English still one of them? Apparently not.

People who don't speak or read English not only serve on juries, they also vote, drive, collect welfare benefits and disability pay without any ability in what was once our primary language.

If President Donald Trump wants to put America first, he must make English

our nation's official language by ordering all federal agencies, plus all state and city agencies getting federal funds, to interact with the public only in English.

Do folks in China “press one” to continue in Mandarin? A national language unites us, multilingual lunacy divides us. Look at Flushing.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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