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A jump on poverty

Dear Editor:Sarah Miller of Phoenix writes in The Aspen Times, “The Latinos’ real intent in speaking their foreign language on the job is to exclude from employment anyone who doesn’t speak their foreign language” (Aspen Times letters, May 19). Yes, Sarah, it’s true, the Latinos are conspiring to keep all the low-paying and future free jobs in this valley all to themselves by not learning to speak English. This brilliant plan was inspired by the tradition of African slave labor refusing fair pay for picking cotton. I know our friends south of the border have made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf by refusing to speak English, but should they actually better themselves up here in the United States, they might possibly move up the economic ladder and leave all of us rich white folk without cooks and housekeepers. Many thanks to Ms. Miller for pointing the conspiracy out to us. I, for one, could have gone on forever without making this connection; but then I’m down here in Sayulita, Mexico, trying to learn to speak Spanish in an effort to get a jump on the poverty market.Patrick HasburghAspen and Sayulita, Mexico

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