Commissioners outdid themselves in latest jaw-dropper

My two-cents worth on pending, idiotic proposal for making English the county's official language.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think they get their jollies out of deliberately coming up with outlandish, off-the-wall ideas, intended to express their personal as well as collective views on the full-range of controversial national issues, with their proposal to adopt an ordinance establishing the English language as the official one of Carroll County being the latest barn burner.

And the justification they offered for doing so-as was stated in the proposed ordinance; namely, for the purpose of ”removing barriers of misunderstanding and helping to unify the citizens of Carroll County, the State of Maryland and the United States of America, regardless of national origin, creed, race, or other characteristics,” falls far short of passing both the logical and so-called smell tests.

Moreover, their making a cause celebre of what is more of an imaginary than a real problem in the county only stokes the flames of the deeply rooted prejudices held by some, directed at those foreign-born, and Latinos in particular, as well as casting the county and its leadership in an unfavorable light in the minds of those living elsewhere in the state and country, not to mention it discouraging many families from moving here.

And the only one I can think of, who would applaud their inane, fantasy-like proposal would be that fictional character Don Quixote, who tussled in vain with windmills to bolster his image and self-esteem, only to find himself disgraced in the eyes of others.

That may well be what awaits the board, unless they have the good sense that God gave geese and do a complete turnaround on the primrose path they’ve chosen to go down.

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Neil Ridgely September 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Some years ago there there was a replica of the Stateue of Liberty at Cal Bittner's Restaurant on Rt. 140. It was removed when Cal moved his operation up the road to Baltimore County and it's just as well because that image would certainly be out of place today with the narrow-minded politics exhibited by these Commissioners. Regardless of how they try to rationalize and legitimize this ordinance it clearly sends a message to everyone that you are welcome here only if you are an Anglo Caucasian and are unwilling to accept any change in the population. The County might as well add an addendum beneath each of the so-called welcome signs on Routes 26 and 140 that reads, "White and Right".
Charles Yates September 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM
When the country was founded back in the 1770's, and later when this county was founded, the prevailing language was German. The Ballots to vote for founding the county were printed in English and German. If the founding fathers didn't think having a "national language" was important maybe it isn't.
Native September 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
As modern communications technology improves, it is imperative citizens & governments alike keep pace. One way to do this is to adhere to one standard, thus the push for an official language. We can't have more then one option to communicate officially or else it becomes detrimental. According to the Pew Research Center in June of this year (as well as other surveys), Asians have overtaken Hispanics as the fastest growing & best educated racial group in the US. So if government language has to include Spanish as well as English, what is that saying to Asian-Americans (that they don't deserve to be included), or the Hispanics (that they are too uneducated to be able to assimilate as well as any other immigrant)?
Native October 01, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Also, the public safety agencies are moving along the same lines. As mandated by the National Incident Management System, police & fire departments across the country have been moving to a simple, common, way of communicating. This was in the news here recently when the police moved from using "10 codes" to plain english. This is germane to the discussion because of the parallels to the need for English to be the official language in the US.
Buck Harmon October 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Baloney Native, because of the advances in technology communicating through many languages is really quite simple...and not at all expensive. This would lessen the need for any law or ordinance that pertains to official language..


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