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Eddie V Garcia
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Eddie V Garcia is a Proud American

As a former kid who grew up in the tough streets of a northern suburb of Boston and who arrived in the middle of winter at three years of age and not knowing a word of English, I am appalled with the excuses and complacency that new immigrants and even those who have been here for years and years exercise when it comes to learning English. I am even more sickened with the federal, state and local governments eager to make it easier for new arrivals simply to court favors and votes "down the road."

I am proud to say that at the age of five, my parents and I became naturalized citizens of this great country. And to boot, we understood every single word that was recited in the federal district courthouse in Boston the day we were sworn in as US citizens.

My parents knew that in order to survive and make it in the new country "that we chose to come to" they needed to work because they didn't believe in a government handout unlike others and they knew that we ALL needed to learn this country's language. Yes, it was difficult for them as older people but they rolled up their sleeves each evening after coming home from working 10-14 hours in a textile mill and sat down with me to learn English.

Fortunately, I was able to learn English with the help of a black and white TV set (with rabbit ears) that they scraped money to buy at Woolworths and I learned English by watching Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Zoom, a popular young children's Boston area show.

So, please don't insult my parents, insult me or the previous generations of hardworking folks who came to this country for a better life and who knew, way even before setting foot in the US that (1) work was a necessity; (2) learning the culture and heritage of the US was a necessity; (3) learning and speaking English was a necessity. In no way did that mean we needed to forget our native language or our own culture. In fact, when Italians got together to have fun and yes, to eat, we spoke Italian. But we knew that when we needed to go to City Hall, to the hospital, to the police department or any other official business, that we either needed to speak English or bring a family member who spoke English and interpret for us.

As a guest in the United States seeking resident status down the road, we didn't expect or think it was "our" right to burden the country, its government, its public school system to make it "comfortable" or for the government to provide translators.

As a new American -or soon to be- we knew it was our obligation to assimilate, not the other way around.

I am sickened by the notion and by these groups who advocate for the "making it easy" for new arrivals. This is the United States of America! The best country in the world, it may have its issues and problems, but we are free to express ourselves and to reach whatever level of success we want provided "we" work hard, become an integral part of the country and its culture.

Regarding the public schools and this article's subject, I am a product of the Massachusetts public school system. I have asked my mother if when I attended school there were bilingual programs. Proudly and adamantly, my mother Dee said, "No way!." "You knew English before you started kindergarten and in fact often times your father took you to the bank to make sure he understood the banker's words."

In the same words that the staff attorney, Ms. Lopez used, "It is a crime when the schools, administrators and others continue to place LEP students in a bilingual classroom with very little or no use of English." I have seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. These LEP students become way too comfortable in the setting of a bilingual classroom. That comfort level impedes their desire and ability to effectively learn English.

So, if you agree with the status quo, then just go about your business and see where our country heads, but please and with all due respect, don't get up "then" to write your elected officials.

However, if you agree with me, please join me on my Blog to roll up your sleeves ( I have now resorted to a T shirt) in making English our official language. Enough is Enough! It has to start somewhere and making English our official language is the starting point.

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Interview with The Tennessean

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 6:27pm 0 Comments

hey ya'll

Heads up that I was interviewed in The Tennessean today for an article tomorrow re English Only.

This is the gist of my interview and I submitted this as a Letter to the Editor, just to cover my butt...We all know how reporters twist things out of context....Also, there is no assurance the Editor will even publish my submission....I don't own the ink or the presses......Ha!


Interviewed today by a reporter of The Tennessean on why the… Continue

English-only test for drivers needed for state road safety

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 10:22am 0 Comments

Georgia is one of 30 states that have made English the official language of government, but it has a dangerous loophole. The law lets the Georgia Department of Driver Services give driver’s license tests in other languages with the result that today applicants can take the test in as many as 11 other languages, ranging from Arabic and Spanish to Laotian.

To read more, please visit the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website link below:… Continue

In response to an article in the Boston Globe....

Posted on April 19, 2009 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Again, as a former Bostonian, I had to once again reply and post......

Please feel free to distribute among your respective networks.


I can't believe the school system and its leaders are so lacking in foresight and plain 'ol "testosterone" (for lack of another word). When I attended the public… Continue

Adapting to new environments, a friend's account

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 1:30am 0 Comments

Okay, earlier tonight I was having a great conversation with a close friend and she described the following scenario and it hit home as to why I support making English our official language.

A year ago or so, my friend Teresa moved to Paris, France to open a restaurant. You'd say, an American opening a restaurant in Paris, of all places?

Yea, it was her lifelong dream to do just that.. I applaud her for having the courage to do that and the foresight to take the necessary… Continue

Comments regarding an article in a San Diego newspaper

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

Sent to Ruben at his email address

(Journalist for The San Diego Union-Tribune)


I came across your article about Obama's recent trip to Mexico as I was maintaining my Twitter account at and was compelled to write you. I respect journalists for their unbiased reporting and honest approach to cover stories. Also, journalists have all the "ink" needed to get the story out and that was something taught to me during my graduate… Continue

Are you tired of supporting the ambivalent nature of our government towards making English our official language?

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 12:25pm 0 Comments

Consider this:

1. Several states allow driver's licenses, official government documents and even voting to be conducted in languages other than English.

It's not so much that the states allow it, but more appalling that they condone and make immigrants "lazy" by making things easier for them. So is political correctness appropriate? Is it tolerable that our government thrives on making things easier for immigrants?

1. The federal government continues to fund… Continue

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At 11:51am on June 20, 2009, Melissa Pehle-Hill said…
I firmly believe in making English our national language, Eddie, so I'll be happy to help you work toward that.
At 1:08pm on May 3, 2009, Tallulah said…
Good morning, Eddie! I hope you had a fantastic concert last night and are enjoying this sunny morning in the NW. Thanks for taking the time during a busy evening to call into the CJ and Tallulah show, last night. I admire your work to keep America strong!


At 3:18am on April 30, 2009, Tallulah said…
Hey, Eddie!

Thanks for the note. Yes, my doggie is my second daughter. She looks at me like this all the time. I finally grabbed a pen and whipped out a sketch. She's my little patriot puppy.



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