Nashville listened to its leaders Â— the governor, the mayor, and a vastÂ coalitionÂ ofÂ churches,Â businesses and universities Â— and defeated an English-onlyÂ measure by nearly 10,000 votes in Thursday’s special election.
The final was 32,144 for English only and 41,752 against Â— 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.
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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.Â
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.Â
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.Â