Residents of Oak Point, sick of Mes'cans' Jibber-Jabber
Date 2007/6/21 17:30:25 | Topic: The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
|The tiny town of Oak Point, in Denton County, just passed a resolution naming English the official language of the city.|
Pegasus News has the story
Basically the resolution lets the city off the hook for providing information about city services and such in languages other than English.
I can understand the strain on a small town with a tight budget, dealing with paying translators, but something gives me the feeling this is about more than our love of the English language, and trying to save money:
"This resolution, like the one in Farmers Branch, will show Washington that we don’t approve of this damn Amnesty Bill and that people are fed up with taxpayer dollars going to enable people to not learn the language of this country," said [Councilman Jim] Almond.
Text of the resolution can be found here.
For what it's worth, I think that English is the "National" language, and definitely a predominate language. For towns in North Texas, if folks are going to live here, they would do well to learn English - this applies to citizens and non-citizens. Children who speak English in the home do better in school. Adults who speak English can get better jobs. (Bilingual adults get even better jobs) I think this issue is a good example of how people with different motivations can arrive at the same opinion, but for different reasons.
I've grown tired of seeing Latinos being scapegoated for all of our society's problems. I hope I don't live to see the day that some fascist American dictator puts Mexicans on cattle cars and sends them down to a concentration camp for the crime of being here. Oh wait - that's right. There is a concentration camp. It's called T. Don. Hutto. Lord help us all.