Nashville Rejects English-Only Law

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on January 23, 2009 0 Comments

Nashville listened to its leaders — the governor, the mayor, and a vast coalition of churches, businesses and universities — and defeated an English-only  measure by nearly 10,000 votes in Thursday’s special election.

The final was 32,144 for English only and 41,752 against — at about 19 percent, the largest turnout for a special election in a decade. Opponents were well ahead when early voting totals came out just after the polls closed at 7 p.m. and never trailed.

Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean. 

I think the people of Nashville made the right decision. I don’t believe that trying to force people to learn English is a good way to try to unify a community. 

The article says the special election cost the city of a quarter of a million dollars. That’s a lot of money to spend trying to punish people for not speaking your language. And to me, that’s what English-only laws are about. 

But I don’t think immigrants should get special treatment. When it comes to dealing with the government, I think EVERYBODY should be able to demand a translator. I want one who can translate Government BS into simple, plain English that I can understand. 



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