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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    I know for one if I saw someone screaming for help... guards or no guards I'd do my best to help them. For all I know they might not be able to swim and just got pulled out. If I'm already in the water, its that much closer than the life guards...
    To be sure, it's hard to fathom how many lives have been saved by surfers while the guards are off duty or nowhere around. I suspect at least in part that's the reason the Ocean City, MD town council has been generally willing to work with surfers, hence the three surfing beaches and the modified beach rules (guard's discretion) on bad beach days and in the shoulder seasons.

    In 46 years of surfing, I know I've helped my share of would-be swimmers to the point where they could put their feet down on the bottom and stand up on their own. Our willingness to help others speaks well of our sport.

    Oh yeah, and one more question, are those jersey signs that say "Lifeguard Off Duty, swim at your own risk," written in Spanish as well?
    Last edited by MDSurfer; Jul 30, 2008 at 02:31 AM.

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    At Manasuqan, no, just english. They are actually new signs too though...

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    In long branch they need to redo the signs in spanish also.

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    I could care less if they are in Spanish. Our language is English.

    If they can't learn English why are they here? I don't wanna start a fight, but its ridiculous that we should have to learn Spanish instead of them learning our language to communicate. Like how Barack Obama said "Don't worry if they don't know English, they'll learn it over time. However, we have to make sure our children know Spanish to communicate." Thats just wrong.

    If we go to a foreign country, we try to speak their language, not make them learn ours...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    I could care less if they are in Spanish. Our language is English.

    If they can't learn English why are they here? I don't wanna start a fight, but its ridiculous that we should have to learn Spanish instead of them learning our language to communicate. Like how Barack Obama said "Don't worry if they don't know English, they'll learn it over time. However, we have to make sure our children know Spanish to communicate." Thats just wrong.

    If we go to a foreign country, we try to speak their language, not make them learn ours...
    They will learn English in time. History repeats itself and this has all happened before. These immigrants of the 21st century are not strictly all Mexican, a lot of them come from all parts of Latin America and South America. Sounds very familiar doesn't it? Sounds like when European's began to immigrate to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first generation European immigrants could not speak a lick of English. These European immigrants came form a poor background and came to America to find work and to prosper. These European immigrants also lived in neighborhoods of their own nationalities. This all sounds strikingly familiar. Give these Hispanic immigrants a generation or so, their children and children's children will speak English as fluently as anyone else we all know. I know a lot of my "white" friends have different European backgrounds - Irish, English, French, German, Italian ect. ect. and you would've never guessed 3 or 4 generations ago their families came right off the boat. This is what makes America great.
    Last edited by smack da lip whaaapaaa; Jul 31, 2008 at 02:51 AM.