First, some background. Georgia requires metro counties and cities to achieve "qualified local government status." To obtain that distinction, the ARC forged a regional plan that coordinates growth in Cobb County and the nine other counties it serves.
Phil Kent of Sandy Springs is a panelist on WAGA TV's "The Georgia Gang" and a board member of ProEnglish.
our common tongue slip away.
Since our nation's founding, countless millions of immigrants have forged new identities as Americans and succeeded in their new homeland by learning English and adopting our civic and cultural values. Now, in the midst of the largest wave of immigration in our history, we must not let this precious gift of unity Air Max Thea New York
The ARC's multilingual "option" is a reversal of the melting pot tradition by making it attractive to foster communication with non English speaking persons.
By the way, a recent Rasmussen poll found 87 percent of respondents from all ethnic backgrounds support English as the official language of government. Let's also remember that government has traditionally played an important role in encouraging the assimilation of new immigrants by communicating with them in English. Why change that successful model?
There could hardly be an example in a democratic society of a more unpopular policy being imposed on the majority by a minority of ideologically driven activists and unelected bureaucrats. That is why Georgia and 30 other states have had to pass laws designating English as the official language of government operations. Yet the ARC's half baked multilingual idea blatantly undercuts Georgia's law!
Metro Atlanta cities and counties should reject the ARC's siren promotion of multilingualism even if the ARC promises "more benefits" if they go that route.
The latest example of how English is undermined comes by way of the Atlanta Regional Commission. To achieve a so called "certification of excellence" in order "to gain more benefits," according to ARC spokeswoman Julie Ralston, the ARC advises counties and cities Air Max Thea Prm - Trainers - Desert Camo/String/Sail to provide multilingual services in key government operations for non English speakers.
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It's one thing to make improvements to our transportation corridors, which is sort of the original thought behind these entities. But when they've grown so big as to have such influence over elected leaders that they are driving every policy and actually coveting taxpayer's money, the democratic process is in danger of being undermined altogether.
The ARC spokeswoman, after conferring with colleagues, later said that the opportunity to obtain grants and loans would not be affected if a city or county chose "minimal" or "excellence" certification.
English is the undisputed language of success in the United States, and Census data underscores that the number of English learner families living in poverty is about twice the national rate. Lacking fluency in English traps non English speakers in low skilled, low wage jobs and keeps them heavily reliant on taxpayer funded government programs.
Atlanta Regional Commission is working to reverse the melting pot
even efforts to undermine local control over our kids' educations.
"Language is perhaps the strongest, perhaps most enduring link which unites men."
Interesting. Yes, they do deserve help and compassion yet they have traditionally gotten it from a support system of family, friends, faith and private agencies that provide translation assistance in all sorts of Air Max Thea Junior Sale
These quasi public organizations like the ARC and its bureaucrats are being used by national leftist organizers and entities to infiltrate even the most fiscally conservative communities, with the Marxist undertones of anti suburbanism, high density, more regulations and taxes and Nike Air Max Shoes 2015 Price
There are dozens of languages spoken in Georgia and more than 300 languages spoken in this country. Providing taxpayer supported translators and multilingual materials would be a huge burden for government. Besides, if you become a citizen or legal permanent resident, the basic requirement is to know English.
This issue underscores the danger of un elected leaders such as Tad Leithead of the ARC and also the CIDs to direct taxpayer's money and resources to run policy campaigns. (whatsa matta Tad, is the modest salary of a county commissioner not to your taste, or is it that you don't believe you can get elected in a fair contest?)
Furthermore, the ARC hasn't considered that accommodating some foreign languages and not others is discriminatory. The only way for a city or county to make it non discriminatory is to communicate in one unifying tongue English to avoid the growing practice in some areas of favoring a select few immigrant languages over others.
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