English-Only Commissioners Get No Satisfaction

Some commissioners in one Eastern Carolina County demanded English be the only language spoken there and now they're making that request known to the Governor.

That request: To make all state websites English only.

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners sent that resolution to Governor Bev Perdue back in August.

They got a response just in time for the Commissioner's meeting on Monday.

The Governor said the websites would remain as is.

Hood Richardson and Stan Deatherage, both stand by their request and say it so illegal immigrants won't find it easy to live in this country.

Peralta says he's pleased the Governor recognized the importance of the Latino community.

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Officials in a North Carolina county demanding an English-only policy for state-government Web sites have been rebuffed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Beaufort County commissioners got a response from Perdue six months after asking the governor to remove Spanish from state-government Web sites or explain why she wouldn't.

Perdue says the health and safety information on state Web sites is needed by everyone, and communities benefit when residents are able to understand and follow instructions.

County Commissioner Stan Deatherage says he and three other commissioners were expressing concern over illegal immigration.


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  • by Cody Location: Beaufort on Feb 7, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    I ain't ever goin to some other commie country like y'all or them French. Why would I do that I'm no traitor this is the greatest country on earth if you don't like it leave. Speak English only or leave. This here is America we speak English not that spanish. I don't want none y'all here to begin with takin our jobs.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 6, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Tejana, I was part Ukrainian and speak english and french, you were saying? Now show repect and learn Russian or Ukrainian, we will talk then. You are right, law abiding citizens come in all.....Yesti gaboaya shounka....poudka.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    It's a no brainer : SPEAK ENGLISH please, you wanted to be here now learn the language!!!! When your kids go to school do you expect the teacher to repeat her sentences first in english and then in spanish.
  • by Tejana Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    To Irate - Muchas Gracias! I'm sure that it did tick someone off. If no one else can show any restraint and common courtesy when they post, then why should we? I'm not trying to advocate for every Hispanic person in America. EVERY person from EVERY country are entitled to respect, common courtesy and equal opportunities. Brilliant, productive and law-abiding people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    Que Viva la Tejana!!! (hope that ticked someone off)
  • by for Cody on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    Cody, What other countries have you visited which give your a reference on why the US is the best on earth? I'm sure that all of those countries spoke English, otherwise you wouldn't have gone to visit. (oops- I didn't mean English, they must speak American.) Congratulations on being ignorant! I'm happy that it is something that gives you pride.
  • by Tejana Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    So many people are so angry. Obama Snake Oil Co. - I'm not sure what language you speak, but clearly my comments are posted in ENGLISH! You're a smart one, I can promise you that I will continue to speak both ENGLISH & SPANISH, whether you & your narrow-minded friends like it or not! Paula Bertan - I'm so glad that you choose to post your actual name, if that really is your name. I use Tejana because I am proud to be HISPANIC & from Texas. Plus, I have nothing to prove to you or anyone else.
  • by Why all the debate Location: It's information! on Feb 5, 2010 at 03:42 AM
    What are all the rednecks so upset about?!? Giving out information in more than 1 language? Are you serious? I hope those rednecks never travel OUT of "English" speaking countries and then have the audacity to read ANYTHING written in English. They need to get out their little book and start to translate the laws so that they will know if one has been broken if/when they get mugged for being an IGNORANT tourist. The ignorance/racism in this state appears to be worse, now. M13? Come on! If you are unfortunate enough to live in a low income area, then I'd understand the M13 comment, but you're in the middle of nowhere with your gun, so what's you're problem? I will become fluent in Spanish, then Italian and so on as I think that is how educated people should behave. All is not yours, it's everyone's! Language is NOT something that should be dictated by law, especially in our FREE country! I don't think illegal immigrants are interested in our "state policies", probally just the educated!
  • by Cody Location: Beaufort on Feb 4, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    I'm proud to be what you liberals call a "ignorant redneck" I listen to Glen Beck and Rush, and I drive a lifted 4x4 Ram. I listen to country. And I dip snuff and hunt. I drink Bud. You can call me what you want, but don't come cryin to me to protect you against that MS13 gang when they come in your neighborhood because you got "white guilt" and think everyone belong in this country. This "ignorant redneck" will be doing just fine out on a back road in Beaufort with his huntin dogs by his side and Remmington slung over his overalls. You and Tenjana can make a run for the boarder and I ain't talkin about Taco Bell but you probably like it thare.
  • by In related news... on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    In related news, anything that ignorant rednecks don't agree with is un-American.
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