Friday, April 15, 2005

Billy Wayne Makes English the Official Language of West Virginia

Our state is receiving all sorts of great press about the legislature's unwitting vote to make English the state's official language.

Senator Billy Wayne Bailey quietly inserted the following language into a bill addressing the number of members that cities can appoint to boards of parks and recreation: "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia."

This article notes that, "one lawmaker who has fought English-only bills says 'it's wrong that's something like that was snuck into that bill in the last minute.'"

Hey, just because it's the official language doesn't mean we'll stop butchering it. Apparently, the legislature could write all the bills in sanskrit because no one is reading them anyway.

UPDATE: Governor Manching has vetoed the English language bill. "Slick Billy" will have to try again next session. Thanks, Governor. You did the right thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a school teacher . I also happen to be colored. Don't like the term "African American". I am proud that this happened. Very happy about it. Go West Va. I just bought property there.
Lots and lots of tax dollars go towards getting things translanted into other languages. This way, tax dollars can be spent for more important issues like health care for elderly.