The small town of Oak Point, Texas, population 3,700, is about to take center stage in the right of Americans to be able to read signs in this country and understand what is going on. Oak Point Councilman Jim Almond has brought forth a proposal to make it mandatory for all businesses to provide signage and other daily necessities in Oak Point in English. For instance, a business in the town would be required to have words in English on signs and provide English speaking employees.
This has drawn both praise and scorn from some in the town.
"Our founding fathers spoke English, our constitution, the Declaration of Independence was written in English—we're an English-speaking country," said Councilman Jim Almond.
He has proposed an ordinance forcing anyone who lives and works in Oak Point to learn and speak English.
Nick Smith just moved from Farmers Branch to Oak Point ... so he can be around more English-speaking people. He backs the English-only proposal.
"If I'm in Mexico, I'll speak Spanish; in Germany I'll speak German," Smith said. "I think it should be English in America."
But some Oak Point residents like Robby Rowlett worry that the ordinance will unfairly drive people away.
"I don't see how you can draw the line and say 'You got to' or 'You can't," he said. "How can you measure something like that if they're making the effort to learn it?"
His plan would not, for instance, make it illegal for a Chinese restaurant to have a menu printed in Chinese; but such a menu would also have to be printed in English, and waiters would be required to speak English.
Some illegal alien support group out there is already drawing up plans to defeat this ordinance in court I'm sure.
Tipped by: EastCoastGrannie at Save Our State