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Hospital right to enforce English

Dear Editor:This is in response to the article written in The Aspen Times on May 3 (“AVH language policy concerns Latino workers”) and in regard to the complaint of letter writers and response to Matthew Starbuck.I believe that if these employees are so interested in becoming American they would automatically want to learn the language of that country, i.e. Spanish in Mexico, English in America.I had an incident with two Mexican transporters in a Denver hospital when I had major surgery. This was while I sat in a wheelchair with a hose hanging out of my chest. One said to the other in Spanish, “Let the vieja (old lady) wait awhile.” Of course they didn’t realize I spoke Spanish and understood what they were saying. If an English-speaking supervisor had been in the room and didn’t speak Spanish, they wouldn’t know the attitude of these employees. They should have been fired on the spot.The hospital had every right to insist that hospital employees speak English. Often the lives of patients are at risk. Wanda WeatherfordLittleton


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