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April 16, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Job opportunities for translators

Reading the article “Lawsuit raises civil rights allegations against Metro in response to 2011 injury accident,” about a personal injury lawsuit against Metro, it would seem that the police were at fault for not bringing an interpreter to the scene of a reported crime.

When did this become the police’s responsibility? If a person doesn’t want to learn English, maybe he or she should take some personal responsibility and carry a tablet or smartphone with a translation application. How irresponsible is it to have children in a country if you cannot communicate — this is the real crime!

This sounds like an opportunity for an entrepreneur to start a business of supplying translators for a fee, to be paid by people who refuse to learn to speak English. Think of all the tax dollars that could be saved if governments eliminated translation services and let the private sector take over.

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