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Albertville mayor: Make English city's official language

There are 40 comments on the The Gadsden Times story from May 5, 2009, titled Albertville mayor: Make English city's official language. In it, The Gadsden Times reports that:

Mayor Lindsey Lyons told a crowd at the Albertville City Council meeting Monday that he plans to begin work on a draft of an ordinance that would make English the official language of the city.

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“BORN TO SHOP”

Since: Jun 08

LEX

#22 Sep 2, 2009
The signs I am speaking of are Spanish only...
fictionx

Cropwell, AL

#23 Sep 2, 2009
they can be in both english and spanish.... but you can't REQUIRE them to do that. That would be unconstitutional.
Cruz

Gainesville, GA

#24 Sep 3, 2009
Lexy08, just have just made the most logical statement and the most logical solution that Latinos are more than will to abide by. Your statement, "Don't you think their businesses would benefit from Americans knowing what type of business is there so they could generate more revenue???", is the 1st part of the solution and the second and fair part of that solution, to borrow from your statement, "Don't you think THEIR businesses would benefit from LATINOS knowing what type of business is there so they could generate more revenue??? It is called compromise, common decency, or mutual respect. Sadly, all of these terms appear to be outside of the understanding of our elected officals.
concerned for our county

Decatur, AL

#25 Sep 4, 2009
FICTIONX SEEMS TO BE READING WHAT HE WANTS, IT'S NOT ABOUT DEMOPGRAPHICS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPTS. MUST BE ABLE TO READ BUISNESS SIGNS QUICKLY IN ORDER TO..."i dunno" STOP A ROBBERY OR SAVE A BUISNESS FROM FIRE DAMAGE.

I'M SURE IF YOU ASK ANY HISPANIC BUISNESS OWNER IF HE WOULD WELCOME BUISNESS FROM A NON HISPANIC PERSON, HE/SHE WOULD SAY YES. SO, EVEN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT BUISNESS AMONG A CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC A BUISNESS OWNER WOULD STILL WANT TO ATTRACT ANY BUISNESS....NOT ONLY HIS/HER DEMOPGRAPHIC.

Since: Jul 09

United States

#26 Sep 4, 2009
concerned for our county wrote:
FICTIONX SEEMS TO BE READING WHAT HE WANTS, IT'S NOT ABOUT DEMOPGRAPHICS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPTS. MUST BE ABLE TO READ BUISNESS SIGNS QUICKLY IN ORDER TO..."i dunno" STOP A ROBBERY OR SAVE A BUISNESS FROM FIRE DAMAGE.
I'M SURE IF YOU ASK ANY HISPANIC BUISNESS OWNER IF HE WOULD WELCOME BUISNESS FROM A NON HISPANIC PERSON, HE/SHE WOULD SAY YES. SO, EVEN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT BUISNESS AMONG A CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC A BUISNESS OWNER WOULD STILL WANT TO ATTRACT ANY BUISNESS....NOT ONLY HIS/HER DEMOPGRAPHIC.
The thing is that when a call comes in to 911, they dispatch according to numeric adress. Therefore, why not make the numeric adress visible a requirement.
Cruz

Gainesville, GA

#27 Sep 6, 2009
LatinaPride, SSSSSHHHHHHH! You're giving away information that the mayor wants kept secret.

Of cource, dispatches are given as numeric street addresses; therefore, sign changes are completely unnecessary. However, that does not fit in with the mayor's plan to harass Latinos to the point that they leave; therefore, restoring Albertville to its once "all white" status.
fictionx

United States

#28 Sep 8, 2009
Most of them probably wouldn't. The demographic to most of these places are almost all strictly hispanic.
I am in law enforcement. I can put an address into my gps and find it just as easily.
fictionx

United States

#29 Sep 8, 2009
and "concerned for our county" I'm sure you are aware that businesses have street addresses right? I guess you are one of those people that call us and say. Also... we have duplicated business names, but not street addresses.
fictionx

United States

#30 Sep 8, 2009
wow... how did half of my comment get deleted?

Since: Jul 09

United States

#31 Sep 9, 2009
fictionx wrote:
and "concerned for our county" I'm sure you are aware that businesses have street addresses right? I guess you are one of those people that call us and say. Also... we have duplicated business names, but not street addresses.
This is true....it's like I said before, make street adresses mandatory.
concerned for our county

Decatur, AL

#32 Sep 10, 2009
911 dispatchers do give street adresses and numbers, look around. How many buisnesses do you see that clearly have their street address marked? Most buisnesses have a PO Box, not a mailbox with the house/buisness numeric address clearly displayed.

Once again, these buisnesses are located in Albertville, AL. English should not have to be "declared" the official language, just as Spanish is the official language of Mexico.
terry

Birmingham, AL

#33 Sep 16, 2009
why is he a racist hell hes just standing up for america not mexico and you wanna call him racist to me you are a racist
fictionx

Cropwell, AL

#34 Sep 17, 2009
I agree "concerned for our county" it is rather pedantic to DECLARE English our official language, I think everyone knows that. I don't think it is a problem that the signs for these businesses are in Spanish, it seems like its just something to complain about. I think we have bigger problems in our county, like the school systems that teach Terry that it is completely okay to leave out all forms of punctuation. If you want to address this issue, why not make them mark their address instead of changing their sign? I know... that isn't really the issue.
senior

Brandon, MS

#35 Sep 26, 2009
I have traveled in many different countries, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and many more and they don't put their signs in out language then why should we have to put our signs in mexican language, which is not true spanish, if you want to live and work in our country then (1) enter it the legal way. Mexico does not allow people from other countries to enter their country and work there if they do not do it the legal way, so why should we.
fictionx

Cropwell, AL

#36 Oct 7, 2009
senior, still not seeing which laws are being broken here.
Better Idea

United States

#37 Nov 4, 2009
Prove that you are a legal citizen of this country, then prove that all of your extended family currently living here are legal citizens of this country...

Then you can put whatever you want on your sign.

Otherwise, shut your pie hole!
Real American

Albertville, AL

#38 Jan 9, 2010
I just got turnd on to this website so I don't know If anybody still looks at this blog anymore, but I have to say that it's about time that albertville started doing something about spanish signs around the city, nobody can read this; and for the hispanics that commented on here about being racist, you knew this was an english speaking country before you snuck across the border and if you don't like it you can go back just as easily as you got here, we have no problam with that. If you wan't rights in this country get leaglized!!!
Cruz

Gainesville, GA

#39 Jan 10, 2010
Well, I see the racism continues. There again, Spanish is not the real issue here. And the statement, "nobody can read this," is totally inaccurate. There is probably 35%- 40% of the area's population that can read it. The real issue is that some do not want Hispanics in Albertville -- documented or undocumented. They want Albertville to be all white. The side of this coin is easy and one of the founding principles of this country -- freedom of speech. What language a sign is in is solely the business of the owner and his clientele.
Non-Racist Jeremy Weaver

Perkinsville, VT

#40 Mar 11, 2010
The official language of the U.S. is english no need to show your ignorance Mr. Mayor
Non-Racist Jeremy Weaver

Perkinsville, VT

#41 Mar 12, 2010
The only thing this ordinance affects is official documents. So all of you can talk all you want about the signs it wont change a thing. My guess is if you can't read the signs you probably won't be doing business there anyway.

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