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posted: 8/1/2014 5:01 AM

We're too loose with the hyphen on nationalities

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I like newspapers. I grew up in a household that received a morning paper, an evening paper and a local weekly paper. Now my husband and I find it hard to start our day without reading the Daily Herald. After reading recent headlines on the Opinion page, I have to remind myself that coming from the left or right they are just that -- opinions.

I sometimes get a bigger jolt from the columnists than I do from my morning caffeine-loaded coffee. I can basically count on not agreeing with Ruben Navarrette, but I read his column every time it is on the Opinion page. I found it especially jarring that he recently referred to himself as a Mexican-American even though he and his parents were born in the United States. Following this guideline I am a Czechoslovakian-Polish-German-American and my husband is an English-Dutch-Irish-American. Expostulating this format, my children are multi-nationality-Americans, and because they married other multi-nationality-Americans, my grandchildren are beyond description in the 300 words allotted to letter writers.

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Perhaps the mindset of Mr. Navarrette and other immigrants who do not think of themselves as Americans with no hyphenation is part of the reason for anti-immigrant feelings. Let's take that hyphen off the keyboard.

Diana Simms

Mount Prospect

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