Beaufort County rejects non-English s...

Beaufort County rejects non-English signs

There are 2 comments on the News Observer story from Feb 18, 2007, titled Beaufort County rejects non-English signs. In it, News Observer reports that:

Commissioners in Beaufort County in eastern North Carolina have voted to Remove non-English signs and information materials from county property.

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Lin Brown

Kingsport, TN

#1 Feb 19, 2007
We are losing such a great opportunity to teach both English and Spanish when we abolish non-English signs. Signs in Spanish are giving free and very specific vocabulary lessons to non-Spanish speakers just as English signs give free and much needed lessons to non-English speakers. Without Spanish signs, we are now putting ALL citizens in the county at risk for traffic accidents and overall confusion because folks not familiar with the area won't have any simple signs to guide tham. The Beaufort County Commissioners need to carefully consider the unintended consequences of their votes - just as the voters need to at the next election.
Shady Lady

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 19, 2007
Lin Brown wrote:
We are losing such a great opportunity to teach both English and Spanish when we abolish non-English signs. Signs in Spanish are giving free and very specific vocabulary lessons to non-Spanish speakers just as English signs give free and much needed lessons to non-English speakers. Without Spanish signs, we are now putting ALL citizens in the county at risk for traffic accidents and overall confusion because folks not familiar with the area won't have any simple signs to guide tham. The Beaufort County Commissioners need to carefully consider the unintended consequences of their votes - just as the voters need to at the next election.
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