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English is the common link

To the Editor:

As a first generation American and son of Indian immigrants, I wholeheartedly disagree with David Kanter's opinion ("This is America-tolerate some diversity", March 26, 2008).

Although David may think he is defending the cause of immigrants, I believe he is sorely mistaken. Most immigrants like my parents are proud of their heritage, but they also recognized that to succeed in a foreign country, they had to assimilate in their new country.

English is the founding language of the United States of America: A clear majority of people are taught in English, most media is in English, and signs and laws are written in English.

What David is essentially saying is that this case is about tolerance, so if a person can't order in English, they shouldn't have to.

By his logic, all signs and laws should also be made available in all the many hundreds of languages that are found in homes all across this country.

That is obviously not going to happen.

The owner of Geno's, Joey Vento, was merely making a statement consistent with his first-amendment rights.

It was not racist, and it was not discriminatory. I'm sure a business owner whose goal at the end of the day is to make money is not trying to turn away customers.

He is, however, making a political statement that will also help his business run more efficiently.

I suggest David find other, more offensive expressions to comment on.

Neil Gupta Philadelphia resident Bloomberg is a bad choice

To the Editor:

I am appalled by your selection of Michael Bloomberg as the 252nd Commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary degree.

Being a shrewd businessman and one of the world's 50 wealthiest people isn't of itself worthy of such honors. Michael Bloomberg has spent the money intended for the medical aid to 9/11 first responders not in health care but in fighting their claims in court.

Many are ill, have lost their homes, cannot get medical treatment and have been vilified by the mayor of the City these responders tried to save.This same man has left thousands of 9/11 victims - including my 26-year-old son Matthew - in the world's largest garbage dump, ironically named Fresh Kills dump. He has spent money to fight their proper burial rather than providing the decency of a proper burial.

His mantra in all things except for his personal wealth is "less is more."

I wish you had elected to honor not a wealthy, cold businessman, but someone with a moral compass and a soul.

I expected more from this University.

Diane Horning Scotch Plains, N.J. The author is with WTC Families for Proper Burial

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