Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hearing on Carroll County's English language bill set for Oct. 30






The Board of County Commissioners will hold its public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 30, regarding the proposal to designate English as the official language of Carroll County.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the New Windsor Community Building, Community Meeting Room, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor.
This ordinance, if passed, would recognize English as the language in which all official county business will be conducted.

The ordinance, as proposed, can be read HERE

For commentary on the proposed ordinance, from an historic point of view, by Kevin Dayhoff, go to: Eagle Archive: Strictly speaking, Carroll's predominant language was once German by Kevin Dayhoff http://tinyurl.com/8hvbfy2




In October 1833, in the area we now know as Carroll County, a vote was taken as to whether or not we should form a new county in Maryland from portions of Baltimore and Frederick counties.

A bill authorizing the vote passed the General Assembly on March 2, 1833, according to "Carroll County Maryland, A History 1837-1976," by Nancy Warner, and "Advocates of the new county sprang into action" to help promote the vote.

They formed committees to write pamphlets containing arguments advocating a vote in favor of a new county. Several of my ancestors, the Warfields were members of this committee.
Some of the pamphlets were even printed in English — a special consideration, since the predominant language in Carroll County at the time was German.

Anecdotal accounts indicate that German was the predominant language in Carroll up to around the time of the Civil War, especially in the northern and western portions of the county… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/neighborhoods/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archive-1021-20121020,0,7714126.story

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From my undisclosed location, LOL, I’d like to say, thanks so much for the feedback.

Ya know, I'll bet you may also like "Celebrate Eat More Chicken ‘Buy-cott’ Day” Kevin E. Dayhoff August 1, 2012 http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5261 It got national attention. …

Most young conservatives do not give a rat’s behind about the “English only” or the gay marriage thing. Those who were born between 1981 and 1999, the Millennials, [http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/oct/14/dale-mcfeatters-millennials-the-cheapest/?partner=RSS] are now living at home with their parents after being away for years at college.

They are facing unsustainably high education debt, with the economy in turmoil, high unemployment, a dismal economic future and diminished prospects for the American dream of owning a home. The Millennials are collectively and totally bewildered by the prurient preoccupation of older Republicans in who people sleep with and what language they speak… in the face of an economic Armageddon…

Thanks again for reading the column and Explore Carroll.

As always, your thoughtful consideration is appreciated regardless of the outcome on any particular issue. Whether we agree or disagree, always find my door open for friendly civil and constructive dialogue.

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Carroll County government website:


Proposed Ordinance: English as the Official Language of Carroll County
Proposed Ordinance No. 2012-__ Notice of Public Hearing

Public Hearing: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m., New Windsor Community Building, Community Meeting Room, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor

Although the idea for such an ordinance in Carroll County has been discussed since last winter or earlier; the proposal [20120927 CC Draft Ord English as the official language,] was introduced by the board of commissioners on Thursday, Sept. 27: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/attorney/ordinance/2012-Ordinance-English.pdf

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Carroll Community College: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Adult Education Program Now Administered by Carroll http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2007/07/carroll-community-college-english-for.html July 19, 2007 http://www.carrollcc.edu/about/news/release/174




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Rising number of Latinos spurs English language debate in Carroll County -
Hispanic population, though still relatively small, has more than tripled since 2000 By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun October 6, 2012




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