In response to "In U.S., speak English or don't bother" (Dec. 20, Letters): My grandparents also came from Mexico; they also learned to speak English and assimilated into society, but they also taught us to celebrate our culture and learn to speak Spanish. They knew it would be to our advantage to learn Spanish and to know two languages.
The business community in this area wants the business of the Spanish-speaking community so they are hiring bilingual applicants to accommodate them. If our state had a border with Japan, I am sure there would be many Japanese-speaking positions and many young Japanese- Americans would be grateful their family taught them their native language.
I am all for coming here and learning English, but you don't have to abandon your native language. I taught my children Spanish, and my children are teaching my grandchildren Spanish.