Peter Lee Published on 10 December 2012
Category: English in the News
Carroll County Times
But let’s analyze this thing. Firstly, some press accounts have referred to this proposal as “English Only.” Well, it’s not. If folks in the private sector want to speak a language — whether English, Spanish, Swahili or whatever — they will be free to do so. Please understand that the main purpose of an official English law is to preserve English as the common, unifying language of the county by codifying it into law.
Secondly, some folks fear that official English is a radical idea. Well, it’s not.
Thirty-one states across the country have already enacted similar legislation, along with two other Maryland counties.
Some folks have speculated that this official English ordinance will negatively impact immigrants. Official English laws do not target one group of people, but apply to all residents. If someone is going to communicate with county government, it will have to be done in English — period.
For immigrants to succeed in this country, and for this country to remain a superpower, we need to unite under a common language just as wave after wave of immigrants have done in America for the last 300 years.
I think it’s time for Americans to use some good old-fashioned horse sense. If I went to France, I doubt the folks there would exercise too much effort to understand my English. The same holds true for Mexico. In fact, 92 percent of the world’s countries have an official language.
America has always been the great melting pot where folks from different countries, practicing different religions, united using a common language. In 2010, Rasmussen did a poll in which 87 percent of those surveyed supported official English legislation.
Despite the moans from handwringers on the left, this issue really is a no-brainer.
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