Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Whoda Thunkit?

There's been much talk concerning declaring English as the official language of the United States. As always, the US Legislature is slow to action which has left much of the action lying in the hands of the individual states. With that in mind, whoda thunk that WEST VIRGINIA (a state whose people, including myself, speak what some might consider a crude form of English which I call 'hickish') would be one of the first states to protect English as our national (or at least state) language.

WV lawmakers, lead by Democrat Billy-Wayne Baily (leave it to West Virginia to have a lawmaker with a hyphenated name), recently declared English the offical language for all official state documents taking a step in the right direction.

While I don't agree with the way it was done, sneaking it into a bill about Parks and Rec. in local government, I am happy to see the bill in place. English is an important part of American society and should most definately protected by law as the Official Language.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Two days after the end of the legislative session,
state lawmakers are discovering something few were aware of: They voted to
make English the official language of West Virginia. The language amendment was quietly inserted into a bill addressing the number of members that cities can appoint to boards of parks and recreation. Among mundane details about record-keeping, the amendment adds the provision that "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia."

You can read the full story here: W.Va. Makes English Its Official Language


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