Bengali on the ballot
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Dear Editor:

Assemblyman David Weprin and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky celebrating that the Board of Elections put Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi on ballots and election material is disappointing. ("Bengali added to ballot" - NewsBriefs - July 25)

Their ancestors emigrated to America just like mine. They quickly learned to assimilate by learning English, became American citizens and began participating in our electoral process. This is what has previously united the various immigrant groups to make our nation great.

There are over 150 immigrant groups in the gorgeous mosaic of New York City. Do they propose that we discriminate against over 140 other ethnic groups and not provide them with ballots and election materials in their native language as well? Can you imagine the chaos and cost to taxpayers for printing ballots along with hiring language interpreters at all polling place for every ethnic group?

Weprin's new Assembly district now includes far more new voters who don't know him. Many are of South Asian descent. Weprin's proposal is nothing more than politics as usual. He is just attempting to curry favor with new potential ethnic voting block.

Why doesn't Weprin promote English classes to a new generation of immigrants? This is the best way to assist our new neighbors and help them participate in the election process.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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