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One month ago, the Craig Daily Press began publishing La Vecindad -- a community section aimed at enriching the lives of our Spanish-speaking residents through education about the people and events that shape our community. La Vecindad is the Spanish reproduction of previously published Craig Daily Press articles, and it is our way of reflecting the community that we serve.

We have had many long-time subscribers voice concerns about La Vecindad and whether it is a representation of our desire to serve illegal immigrants. We respect and hold sacred the principles upon which this country was founded, and believe as much in justice and abiding by the law as anyone, but we also believe that living in America and not speaking Spanish is a barrier, not a fault.

To become productive and contributing members of our society, everyone should be able to read, write and speak English. However, the decision to come to this great country is often based on desperation and need and the cart often comes before the horse. This is the land of opportunity, and learning to speak English is one such amazing opportunity.

Communidad Integrada -- Integrated Community -- is a nonprofit organization with a mission to integrate the many faces of our community and to help immigrants learn the customs, language and way of life in our rural town.

For more than a year, Communidad Integrada has worked to establish a group of Moffat County volunteers who are willing to give their time and knowledge so that another member of the community can learn the English language. Moffat County families are willing and eager to learn the language, but community members have not taken the initiative to make this education a possibility.

It's time for Craig to embrace its residents and show them the city's community spirit, which is why so many people choose to call our community home.

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