Officials are clueless

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Feb. 4 edition of The Vicksburg Post had an article on the front page regarding census results in Vicksburg and Warren County. In that article, the city’s “policy and intergovernmental relations official” was quoted as saying, “Spanish is the language of today and Mandarin Chinese is the language of the future,” then went further to state that “more needs to be done to encourage businesses and local governments to require a certified translator.”

What the hell is going on in City Hall? Does anybody there understand that English is not only America’s language, but the world’s language? China is the biggest English-speaking nation in the world.

Having such a person in employ of the city, paid with my tax dollars, rubs me the wrong way, and makes me wonder about all the others employed there. My confidence in their judgment has taken a decided turn downhill.

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I have a few recommendations for City Hall: Require all governmental communication be in English. Ban the hiring of translators of any persuasion. Hire me as Czar of Personnel Matters. I can then guarantee that neither Spanish nor Mandarin Chinese will be language of the present, or the future — at least, not in Vicksburg.

Malcolm Allred