Letters to the Editor

Theodore Roosevelt

In response to Bill Malec’s letter (May 25) about immigrants, citizenship and language choice, I submit this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States:

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith, becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he should be treated on an exact equality with everyone else. For it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But, this is predicated on the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, is not an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And, we have room for but one sole loyalty. And that is a loyalty to the American people.”

David J. Busse, Maryville

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