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    Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Hopefully other towns follow suit.

    Our Towns - Small New York Town Makes English the Law - NYTimes.com
    It’s about 2,500 miles from this green, rural town in the rolling hills near Vermont to the Mexican border at Nogales, but that hasn’t stopped Jackson from making a bid to be New York’s small version of Arizona in the immigration wars.

    Or that’s how it is beginning to feel two months after Jackson — which has 1,700 people, no village, no grocery store or place to buy gasoline, no church, no school, two restaurants and maybe a few Spanish-speaking farm workers — decided it needed a law requiring that all town business be conducted in English.

    One nearby town, Argyle, has since passed a similar resolution. A third, Easton, is likely to consider one at its Town Board meeting in June. The law has already put Jackson at odds with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says it violates state and federal law. But in the great American echo chamber, every mouse gets to roar, so Roger Meyer, who proposed the law, feels he is making progress toward protecting the English language from threats near and far.

    “For too long, the federal government has shirked its duty by not passing English as the official language of the United States,” said Mr. Meyer, 76, a Town Council member and retiree who runs Chains Unlimited, a sawmill and chain saw and logging supply company. “So seeing as this law couldn’t be passed from the top down, I felt I’d start a grass-roots movement to try to get it passed from the bottom up.”
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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Exactly what 'town business' was not being conducted in English.

    Of course, now that they can't use U.S. Treasury Bills... you know, because of all those filthy latin phrases on them... how do they plan to trade for goods with the outside world?

    Morons.

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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Exactly what 'town business' was not being conducted in English.

    Of course, now that they can't use U.S. Treasury Bills... you know, because of all those filthy latin phrases on them... how do they plan to trade for goods with the outside world?

    Morons.
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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    The federal government shouldn't make English the national language. That's a state level affair.
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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Do you have a link, or are you just making this up?
    You get 3 guesses..... and the first two don't count.

    I'm thinking the town is trying to head off having to print everything having to do with the governance of the town in 472 different languages..... but that is just a guess.
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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Um, literally the entire country works in English I don't know what the hell these people think they've just done.
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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Um, literally the entire country works in English I don't know what the hell these people think they've just done.
    Guaranteeing it's going to stay that way?

    Only have to print anything once, and in only one language?

    Are you aware that in some States everything is printed in, sometimes, dozens of languages?
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    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    Guaranteeing it's going to stay that way?

    Only have to print anything once, and in only one language?

    Are you aware that in some States everything is printed in, sometimes, dozens of languages?
    If you think any government agency at any level would STOP using English, you should seek medical assistance. States are not forced to print things in more than one language. Who cares if things are printed in more than one language? Do you really find it THAT offensive?
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Hmm, I hope it works for them.

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    Re: Small New York Town Makes English the Law

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    The federal government shouldn't make English the national language. That's a state level affair.
    I agree, but those who don't speak English need to learn it, no matter where in the US they are, if they want to be anything in life beyond a leaf blower operator. But, in the end, it is up to them. Assimilate or be left behind.
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