Here we go, again. Or, excuse us, ere-hay e-way o-gay, gain-ay. Yup, celebrate non-English phrases now, dear etro-may esidents-ray, because state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, is again proposing making English the official language of Oklahoma.
According to The Associated Press, Terrill said last week the planned legislation would mandate all official state government business be carried out in English. Apparently, the easure-may would recognize "the state's right to control the way it communicates with citizens and how citizens communicate with it."
Hmm. "Control the way it communicates with citizens and how citizens communicate with it"? That sounds a bit "1984" meets wishful thinking with a dose of unnecessary to CFN intern Bucky. So, er, translation, s'il vous plaît?
The planned legislation, should voters pass it, would stop the state from having to provide taxpayer services in any language besides English, and therefore, allow it to bypass spending oolah-may offering docs or services in different languages.
Aha " that we comprende.
"Translation costs money," Terrill told AP. "We know the costs are significant."
Uh, how significant? Bucky " and forgive him, Mr. Terrill, he's not the sharpest tool in the hed-say " wonders about the cost of ignoring the fact that not all (even legal) Oklahoma residents speak English?
Well, the legislation "adopts a federal government policy that encourages immigrants to assimilate into American society by speaking English," according to the story.
Ah, we see. Sounds ice-nay.
And, we at CFN are certain our well-meaning legislators will champion a companion measure offering free, inclusive English-language lessons statewide, designed to meet the specific needs of English learners at all stages, from pre-K kids to students to working adults, to aid in this "assimilation" process.
Or, that they will free up much funding to support such efforts already in place.
We know the costs are significant. But that's part of the plan, correctamundo?