From Stephen M. Wright, Candidate Harford County Executive:
Dear Sir or Madam:
I read with great surprise County Executive David Craig’s reaction to the unanimous passage of the “English Only” bill by the Harford County Delegation in Annapolis. His reaction demonstrates once again Mr. Craig’s insensitivity to the economic problems being caused by the liberal big spending philosophy and the illegal immigration problem.
Mr. Craig attempted to imply that because the English bill was unanimously passed in the delegation that members were incapable of paying attention to other issues such as the State budget. Not only is this is an old political cheap trick, but is shows his lack of understanding of the costs associated of not passing such a bill. The cost of multi-lingual signs, multi-lingual legal documents, multi-lingual phone systems and the like could cost the county millions of dollars to implement. The FAIR report out of Washington indicates that the taxpayers’ burden related to illegals in Maryland is almost $2 billion. “English only” helps to stop government from going down this fiscal path.
Mr. Craig, in voicing his opposition to the English bill and trying to discredit the entire delegation, is not a smart move (in my view) by a county executive who has this county’s own financial problems to resolve. The citizens of Harford County need the support of Harford County’s Annapolis contingent.
“English only” is an issue being widely recognized. Every poll conducted in the USA indicates that English as an official government language is overwhelmingly supported by over 70% of the citizens. Even President Obama and the late Ted Kennedy wanted English as the official US language. Even they included “english only” as part of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. Twenty-seven states have passed legislation prescribing ‘English as the official legal language. The Supreme Court has upheld the English only legislation.
Finally, should the English bill fail in the General Assembly, I hope this will not encourage County Executive Craig to forcibly require classes in our county school system to be taught in language other than English, or to issue multi-lingual publications and reports by county agencies for his own political reasons. I say “three cheers for our County Delegation!”
Very truly yours,
Stephen M. Wright, CPA
Candidate Harford County Executive 2010