Sent to the Arizona Republic Jan. 24,
State Superintendent Tom Horne (“Different
view of English…,” Jan. 24) claims that fighting the Flores
lawsuit is saving Arizona $260 million. Please! The case could
have been settled out of court years ago for a fraction of
Instead, Horne arranged for his law firm
partner to be paid—win or lose—for handling the case, and the
legislature hired a $900-per-hour attorney, courtesy of
Meanwhile, Tim Hogan, the Flores
family’s lawyer, works pro bono. Plaintiff’s lawyers filing
under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act aren’t eligible
for compensation— even if they win.
Horne is using the case, no matter what
it costs taxpayers, to supply himself with an unending stream of
misleading publicity. The man is shameless.
--Sal Gabaldón, Oro Valley, AZ
Published in the Arizona Daily Star
Jan. 23, 2009:
Obama should master a second language
President Obama has his work cut out for him: coping with huge
national and international problems. Once his strategies for
tackling our country's biggest challenges start to take effect,
I hope he will add another task to the mix by becoming the first
president since Theodore Roosevelt to speak a foreign language
fluently enough to converse with other heads of state.
John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" phrase and
George W's smattering of Spanish don't really pass muster for
foreign language fluency. Knowledge of another country's
language and culture could make a big difference in
I am offering to give him complimentary French lessons by
correspondence. Anyone willing to step up with Spanish, Russian,
Arabic, Chinese, etc?
French teacher and freelance writer, Tucson