Comment: ‘This law will be an embarrassment to Carroll’

Readers reacted with a mix of support and opposition to a law proposing to make English the official language of Carroll County government.

This week, Patch covered the news that Carroll County Commissioners are now examining whether to make English the official language of Carroll County government. The story struck a chord with readers. Here is our highlight of some of the comments.  

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“I'm all for it and if residents are given the opportunity to vote on it I have no doubt it will pass by a landslide.” Jack

“This law will be an embarrassment to Carroll that will permanently mar the county’s reputation and taint the honor of every person that lives or works here.”  Neil Ridgely  

“As a country that purportedly embraces diversity, why is it that anyone that defends the American culture, American heritage, or American language (English) is subject to attack or ridicule? In spite of the negative banter that self loathing leftists choose to believe about America, traditional America is still a great culture worthy of defending. We make NO APOLOGIES FOR DEFENDING OUR CULTURE; OUR LEGACY; OUR HERITAGE; OR OUR LANGUAGE.” - Commissioner Richard Rothschild

“This is the biggest bunch of bologna I've ever read. You weren't elected to defend American culture, legacy, heritage or language! You are a Carroll County Commissioner and a not even a good one! Start doing your job instead of continually attempting to put yourself and your dopey supporters in the conservative spotlight by touting your ignorant beliefs.” -  JoeEldersburg

“We are a country founded on immigration, and it has only made us stronger. My forebearers spoke Swedish and German when they arrived. Did my great grandfather the cobbler take a job from someone who was already here? Maybe. But then his sons actually created more jobs. Immigrants start more small businesses than the rest of us, and that is a good thing. Needlessly bashing a group of people that Carroll County depends on to pick their crops seems mean spirited. Let's spend our energy on growing jobs in the county and giving the next generation the best education possible instead. “ - Karen Blandford

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Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The proposed law is a pointless waste of time, which is taxpayer dollars. Shoemaker and Rothschild continue to display that a serious level of bigoted behavior exists within the current Carroll County Government. If they consider bigotry acceptable behavior as Commissioners, well then Carroll is in fact heading in a backward direction through their leadership style. So far there has been no reasonable explanation for this very poor behavior, and certainly no facts to justify lame reasoning.....Shoemakers best attempt~ " I'm tired of having to push 2"....Rothschilds best attempt~ we may have to incur future translator expenses if we don't do it......how weak can they be?
Kathy S. October 01, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Commissioner Rothschild's comments sound eerily similar to the kinds of statements one would hear from a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In case he hasn't noticed, "traditional" America is a melting pot of all kinds of people of many colors, faiths, cultures and languages, not the pure white, English speaking fantasy world he lives in.
Daniel October 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
English is the language we use here in the United States of America. If anyone wants to live and do business in the USA, I suggest learning english. If our language is offensive to anyone, the is another wonderful option for all. In the USA everyone has the freedom to leave this great nation and go wherever they want, no one is forcing you to stay and "learn english". If you like espanol, move to Mexico or any other south american country, let me know how that works out for you! All are welcome to be a citizen of these great United States. If you like it stay, if not bye, that is if your country of origin will take you back! Dont come here to "change" our great nation, come instead to help us keep it the best place on earth to live and prosper. We also have the freedom here to learn ANY language we desire. We have the freedom to learn 20 different languages if desired, but English is the language of our nation! Adios mi amigos!
Native October 01, 2012 at 01:47 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)? 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.
Daniel October 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Oh, and FYI.....English is already the official language being used by our local government since inception. Can anyone tell me of any Carroll legislative decisions written in chinese, greek, spanish, or french? You will find all laws are written in, you guessed it, ENGLISH! Wake up folks!
RJ Teich October 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
ABSOLUTELY make English the lanuage of Carroll County! And unless you know what it is like to be run out of your home (and county) after twenty-five years because of stinken foreigners, there should be no misunderstanding about this. I loved it when I saw good old Americans here. Don't want English as the language; then move to Howard County (over run with disrespectful foreigners)?
Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Total waste of time that should be used to address some of the real issues that Carroll faces....the intent of this exercise only caters to the political agenda of these boobs.
Judith M. Smith October 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
If this Board is so convinced that they are correct in assuming that the taxpayers want to have this ordnance...a graceful exit may be possible by somehow getting it on a ballot as a referendum...they can claim that the voters have spoken...and get out of this quicksand, I also have found it interesting, if not revealing, that just at the start of the session when this ordnance was proposed that Mz. Fraiser appeared momentarily, spoke briefly with the Chief of Staff, and departed for the afternoon session. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't her church have an open door, especially to the Spanish speaking segment of CC?? And I believe ministers in countries that also speak Spanish...so this would be a real embarrasment for any public opinion on her part. What an interesting sidestep...
Peg Scherr October 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Has anyone threatened to change the predominant language of the United States or of Carroll County? Totally racist and small minded.
Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The computer systems in the Carroll County Office Building should already have the capability to translate several different languages at no extra expense...I can type and translate in 4 different languages from my lap top. It's just a simple matter of the proper program. Quite simple really....no brainer... It's all about bigoted political agenda...that's it...
David from VoxPop October 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
That's a brilliant point, Kathy, and one to which more people should pay attention. A simple google search on the string "David Duke culture heritage" will produce a trove of quotes along the same lines as Mr. Rothschild. I do not infer by any means that Mr. Rothschild is a klansman, but I do shudder at his echoing of that group's dog-whistle language on race and culture.
Daniel October 02, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hey, I have an idea, lets make pig-latin the official language of Carroll County. Iway otna ? This is how rediculous the whole idea is. English folks, English!!! We have been speaking it for centuries!!!
MR6453 October 02, 2012 at 11:09 PM
America is "supposed" to be a melting pot. But it's not. See, in a melting pot, the ingredients assimilate to one form, and produce a uniform product. What we have in reality, is ingredients being added to the stock and refusing to incorporate or conform to maintain an overall consistency.
Buck Harmon October 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Carroll Government included in the mix with consistent ~ inconsistencies....
kem mason October 03, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Pass the law. If you want to be here then learn our ways. If we leave our country and go to others we need to learn there launguage. Iam sure we would mot get everything handed to us and they would not change there ways for us. So why do we change for them.
David from VoxPop October 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
@Kem: First things first: please learn your own language well enough to know the difference between "there" and "they're" one is an adverb (i.e. "there is a man in the corner"), the other is a contraction of a pronoun and a verb (i.e. they and are). Secondly, I'd proffer that if you travel outside the US to a multi-lingual part of the world--say, the Eurozone--they are not overly burdened by being polyglots and by offering people information in a language they can more perfectly understand. I'd say the banking system has more to do with Europe's problems than their use of many languages, wouldn't you? So, in the total absence of any supporting metrics or data to drive a decision to move Carroll to an "English Only" place, what's the need? How does this help? Finally, what are "our ways" as Americans if not ever-evolving, flowing, changing with the immigrant culture(s) that drive this nation? 100 years ago, our ways involved refusing to allow women to vote; 200 years ago our ways involved owning human beings as chattel. Change, I should think, is a good thing. Cheers, -d-
Buck Harmon October 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
There's a good article in today's Sun Paper that speaks to how this proposal is being received by the Latino Community...great publicity for Carroll...(
David from VoxPop January 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
In order for your argument to be convincing, however, you need to demonstrate the fiscal impact on the county, and you need to offset that burden with any economic losses that are incurred due to the new ordinance. Neither you nor any of the Commissioners can offer a factual, data-driven reason for this law. Please, show me the numbers. Show me the burden before you offer this new law by way of relief!
Buck Harmon January 25, 2013 at 04:10 AM
There is absolutely no need for law that stems from bigotry.
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