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Letter: Let’s rediscover our roots and go Ute
First Published Jun 04 2014 07:34 am • Last Updated Jun 04 2014 07:34 am

Now that we have cut down the Colorado blue spruce as official state tree, it is time to speak of our official language. The spruce is graceful and grown widely, but bears the name of another state. Our current official language is a pretty tongue, widely spoken in these parts, but bears the name of a foreign country, a European one at that.

No, the official language of this state should be Ute. It has been used here longer than European speech and bears the name of our state.

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Some fear that our schools would teach only in Ute. But we provide instruction in the language the student understands best. Likewise ours statutes and rules are presented in the languages spoken by those who are to apply and obey the law. And our court proceedings are translated into the languages of all who participate.

Others say we have selected our official language to let Latinos and foreigners know they are not welcome here. But that bespeaks animus and there is no animus in this state.

So ask yourself, should our athletic teams compete in the Pac 12 under the name, "the running English"?

Lawrence Barusch

Salt Lake City

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