I could excuse columnist Bob Keeler if only he were not so excusatory ["Suffolk serves non-English speakers, too," Opinion, Dec. 3].

Yes, English is hard. Yes, many immigrants have significant accents. Yes, they work long hours -- but who doesn't these days?

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In the past, immigrants tried to learn English and did not place the onus on an English-speaking society to learn their language and spend significant amounts on multilingualism. Learning English was the first sign of becoming an American. The shoe has been placed on the wrong foot.

Those who came to our shores embraced our ways. Language does make us whole.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington