Taneytown Resolution No. 2006-20, Eng...

Taneytown Resolution No. 2006-20, English As The Official Language of Taneytown

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A Citizen

United States

#1 Nov 2, 2006
The next council meeting will be held on November 8th. Resolution No. 2006-20, English As The Official Language of Taneytown.

If you care about the state of the city and the future of communication for all Americans then you should attend this meeting. English is the language of America and we should preserve it and protect it. Voting is not the only civic duty you should perform. Your diligence does not stop at the polls. Please come to the council meeting and support your councilmen and let them know how you feel about the deterioration of American values, traditions and our language.

Thank You
True American

Québec, Canada

#2 Nov 5, 2006
Where is all the outrage about this issue! You talk with people on the street and everyone says the same thing "I thought English was the Official Language for the USA". We as American's need to stand up to the nay sayers and not only push this in Taneytown, Maryland; but in other cities and States until our wonderful Congressman and Senators wake up and start Truely representing the people who elected them. Show the Councilman in Taneytown, that they are doing the right thing and thinking not only for today, but looking into the Future!
One People One America

Québec, Canada

#3 Nov 5, 2006
I agree! We as a nation only keep "Immigrant US Citizens" from greater opportunities, by not pushing English as the Official Language in the USA. If Immigrants understood the importance and made it a priority to learn English everyone would benefit. Could one imagine having several different languages in the US military? How would you feel if the person next to you fighting didn't know English? It is about one concept! Communication (PERIOD). One would think that the minority on this issue is the majority! It is time to speak up and move America forward toward One common language and bringinig communities together so we can stop dividing communities.
Legal Citizen

Québec, Canada

#4 Nov 6, 2006
Can we all just get along and be One People, One America with One Common Language
Legal US Citizen

Québec, Canada

#5 Nov 7, 2006
We the majority need to speak up and be heard! English is our language and keeps us communicating! Let your voioce be heard before it is too late!

San Diego, CA

#6 Nov 13, 2006
Time for all Americans to speak up before you are told you need to be bilingual to get a job. It's great to learn many languages but due to the influx of illegal immigration it is being forced on us. Good for Taneytown!

Westminster, MD

#7 Nov 14, 2006
One time I walked into a store in Taneytown and asked for something, to which the owner replied, "we don't have none of that." Perhaps before Taneytown renders themselves an official english language town, the general population should learn to speak english correctly. You wouldn't call yourselve fluent in Spanish if you couldn't speak it correctly, why then should the residents of Taneytown be afforded that luxury when they themselves can't do the english language justice?

Anecdotes aside, this is pointless. Are you people really bothered by the fact that 75 people in your 5,000 person town (1.5%) don't speak english as a first language or at all? I think a better idea would be to take proactive positions to ensure that those 75 people have a way to learn the language. Or, to put it bluntly: rather than indirectly point out the problem, why not fix it?
Councilman Chamberlain

Québec, Canada

#8 Nov 14, 2006
To Michael from Westminster,

It is Absolutely our intention to help those in need to learn the English Language. Watch and you will see this is not just smoke & mirrors. Too many times Elected Officials only talk about things and that makes everyone feel good! Well, here in Taneytown we are going to walk the walk and talk the talk!
Being able to speak the English Language is the most important part of being an American, so one is able to realize the American Dream. We must all speak one language to be able to communicate. We are One Nation, One Flag, One People and should be One Language! If we ignore the problem it will only get worst. One will not realize the True American Dream and truely Succeed without learning the English Language.

Westminster, MD

#9 Nov 14, 2006
To Councilman Chamberlain in Kentucky/Taneytown-

The ability to speak English is the most important part about being American? Perhaps the first change should come in the public schools, since poor grammar is so apparent in the general population.

Feelings on grammar aside, what are your current goals as an administration to further advance the understanding of the language among legal immigrants living in your(?) town? If you say that this is not "smoke and mirrors", what money will you allocate to fund the education among those who do not fluently speak English? Making the town "officially" english makes it sound like you want to fix a problem; rather than simply telling me "we'll get to it", tell me your plan.

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