Commissioners Look At Removing Spanish Option On County Phones

A pair of Beaufort County commissioners are trying to get Spanish language options removed from county telephone systems.

Commissioners Hood Richardson and Stan Deatherage said Monday night that leaving these options available gives incentives to people to come to this country illegally. The board is scheduled to meet in a week with an attorney to decide whether law mandates that these options be available.

County offices include the health department, tax offices, and the sheriff's department.

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  • by Tired os press 1 for English Location: US of AMERICA on Jan 12, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    Remove Spanish Option!!!
  • by citizen Location: nc on Jan 11, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    take it off
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    NO one is not saying they shouldn't better themselves just LEARN the language before you come here... geezzz is that so hard to understand......If you don't know where your next meal is coming from when you leave your country how and why would you put your family in a situation like that...How did you have the means to make a move like that if you can't feed your family once you get there. gosh I can't even go on vacation for a week because feeding my family and paying the bills comes first! I don't depend on someone else to do it for me. ALl everyone is saying is PREPARE yourself before you move!!!!LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    Not all Spanish speaking people are here illegally. Many of the Spanish only speaking individuals are first generation. They are here to make a change for their children. Most of them work 18 hours a day 7 days a week to provide for their children what they didn't have in their native country. Learning the language is important; however, it becomes secondary when one has to worry about when and where the family’s next meal is going to come from. Proposals such as this one make second generation immigrants turn their backs on their native tongues, no matter what language. Why is it that when a Caucasian speaks a second language, that was probably learned while being raised by a nanny, he/she is praised and offered beaucoup dollars to translate? However, when a non-native English speaker learns English, society does not reciprocate this jester. Instead, they usually continue to pass judgment.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    To Devil's Advocate... the point being you should learn to SPEAK english to communicate when living in one is judging here they are just saying you should SPEAK the english language if you want to live in America....we should not have to cater to some one who does not learn our language when they are living in America ....oh and if I were traveling to another country I would know how to communicate the important things...if I were going to live there I would learn the language....This is not judging this is stating the facts!!
  • by jean Location: washington on Jan 9, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    I agree Nancy, and I'm sure most everyone else does also....they should prepare themselves for living in america before they come....If you want to live in America you should except and live by our standards.....the same as if Americians moved to another country....we would live by their standards and learn their language.....GREAT job commissioners don't back down!
  • by devil's advocate Location: North Carolina on Jan 9, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    Before traveling to another country do you learn their native language or do you expect them to communicate with you in English? Another caution....when criticizing others for not learning English, please make sure you are adept at proper spelling and grammar in English yourself. It is very interesting to read the comments, complete with spelling and grammatical errors, here from those who feel they have the right to judge others.
  • by chris Location: greenville on Jan 9, 2008 at 03:59 AM
    If an English speaking person goes to illegally live in a Latin American country. Will governmental phones say "press one for english"?
  • by Nancy Location: Jacksonville on Jan 9, 2008 at 03:13 AM
    I agree with the commissioners! This IS the melting pot, but the foreigners should be the ones "melting", and learning English. They chose to come here, they should have been prepared to live here by our standards.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Cynthia, everyone's point here is they should learn the language if they want to live here....leagal or not LEARN ENGLISH!
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