English Only Measure Defeated

Voters in Nashville, Tenn., have rejected a measure requiring government business be done only in English.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the "English First" proposal was defeated on a vote of 41,752 to 32,144.

The vote means the city of nearly 600,000 people has refused to become the largest in the U.S. to prohibit the translation of written and spoken communications for residents who speak no or little English.

The proposal sparked intense debate. Proponents said using one
language would have united the city and saved money. But business
leaders, academics and the city's mayor worried it would have given
the city a bad reputation.

Similar measures have passed elsewhere.

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  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 29, 2009 at 01:23 AM
    I usually send plants instead but you are a special case...LOL
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Coach M, Thanks for the flowers. :)
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    Please direct me to the post in which I do not address the issue. I may not reply in a manner you deem to be the PC response but I never fail to give my opinion. And that's all it is, an opinion. Opinions are like hearts, everybody has one. Tad, on the other hand, posts his idea of the facts. He is very often wrong even if he thinks he has all the facts. You on the other hand, usually have very well thought out arguements. This one lacks content worthy of your signature. Although it seems to me that you are calling me a conservative and because you said, "Even a nitwit conservative is way ahead of the most learned liberal." I will take that as a compliment...LOL You have a nice day as well, TY
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 27, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Coach M; It seems funny to me that you would adopt a conservative tactic, but then why not? It works for us, right? I have read many of Tad's posts. I have not noticed him lacking in information or ability in making his point. You however have pulled the usual liberal progressive move right after using one of ours. You don't address the actual issue, instead you find someplace else to point your finger in a lame attempt to redirect the focus to something else because as usual, you cannot actually argue or make your point. In the arena of FACTS and IDEAS, conservatism will always prevail. Even a nitwit conservative is way ahead of the most learned liberal. Nice try, lame, but nice try. Have a nice evening.:)
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM
    VBush: Actually, because Tad and others usually resort to pointing out misspelled words to cover their lack of a good arguement, I looked the word up. I thought it was spelled naive but several people in the office where I work assured me that was wrong. Nieve and naive are both listed but thanks for proving my point yet again...LOL
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Yes Coach, I am acutely aware of the difference, but even in America it is widely accepted to refer to our language as English even though there are huge chasms in the way the British use the 'Queen's English' and the way we actually speak. I don't find that little detail relevant to the discussion here. Do you always chase inconsequential rabbits? Or, do you just enjoy making irrelevant observations? Further, in your address to Tad, the word is NAIVE. A dictionary would be helpful in your case.
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 25, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    Tad: I wish you had more friends...LOL It seems that you have been wahooed by alot of people in the past. How nieve you really are...man. VBush: So you say lets take the 'kill them before they kill us' approach? That's basically what the white settlers did when they arrived in the USA. And we still do not speak the English language, we speak American. Do you know the difference?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 24, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    This says it all: Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907. 'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.' Theodore Roosevelt 1907
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Anonymous, "The world has changed and so must we." If we are to do business with the rest of the world, we must learn their language. While being an isolated nation may seem ideal to some, in reality, the world would be far more advanced than us. It's not easy learning a new language, but it can be a great learning experience. By the way, you meant: Por nosotros que no hablamos español (For those of us who do not speak Spanish). ¡Buenas suerte en tú búsqueda de aprender español! Hasta Luego.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    This is just another example of the whiney few dictating things in this country just to be pc. Our inept leaders are selling out the real (tax paying, English speaking, working class)Americans. All the bleeding hearts are ruining whats left of this once great country of ours with their kooky ideas. I have a great idea that just might resolve the problem. Insist immigrants learn the language and we won't have to flush away so much money for bilingual teachers and Spanish teleprompt options for those of us that no habla~espanol. Next we could actually enforce immigration. The combination of toughening enforcement and the economy has already created a reverse immigration trend. The liberals don't want the immigrants to leave because thats a huge percentage of their voter base.
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