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The hidden benefit of official-English laws

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You’re in America. Speak English.

That’s what my parents say. And it’s exactly what they did when they came to this country from Czechoslovakia more than four decades ago, knowing nothing more than the lyrics to the Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B.”

My parents would be all over the legislation passed this week — by the Board of Commissioners of Frederick County, Md. — making English the official language of a fast-growing and increasingly diverse place.

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