An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
A vote on a measure to make English Nashville’s official language was placed in jeopardy late Monday when Metro’s legal department ruled it may be illegal to put the measure on the ballot.
The fate of the English-only charter amendment may come down to a question of the meaning of the word “submitted,” and a matter of just three days.
Don’t they have dictionaries in Nashville? Here, let me help you out!
sub·mit /s?b?m?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[suhb-mit] verb, -mit·ted, -mit·ting. –verb (used with object)
1. to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
2. to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
3. to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others: to submit a plan; to submit an application.
4. to state or urge with deference; suggest or propose (usually fol. by a clause): I submit that full proof should be required.
–verb (used without object)
5. to yield oneself to the power or authority of another: to submit to a conqueror.
6. to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment: to submit to chemotherapy.
7. to defer to another’s judgment, opinion, decision, etc.: I submit to your superior judgment.
I think #3 is the one they might want to look at in their consideration.
Metro lawyers said that by law, two votes on a petition-driven charter amendment cannot take place in a single two-year period. An amendment which gave voters some control over Metro tax increases was on the Nov. 7, 2006, ballot.
I’m honestly baffled by citizens of the United States, where we DO speak English, will go out of their way to find any stumbling block, real or imagined, to put in the way of people who believe daily business of the government should be spoken, and printed, in the language of the land. In this particular land, it happens to be English!
Councilman Eric Crafton, one of the driving forces behind the English-only measure, argues that the key date in this matter is when signature petitions were “submitted” to the Metro clerk.
English-only petitions were submitted to the Metro clerk on Aug. 15. That date falls “well over two years” from the last time petitions for a charter amendment — the tax change — were submitted to the Metro clerk, on Aug. 8, 2006, Crafton said.
Ok, so it’s the date of the petitions being submitted (see above definitions), NOT the date of the elections. Yes, I’d say those 7 days makes a difference. The folks in Nashville signed the petitions, and sent them in. Their voice should be heard….on that ballot!
Crafton says the measure will either appear on the Nov. 4 ballot or wind up being voted on later, perhaps during a mayoral race.
“We expected they would twist the meaning of the Metro charter and concoct some sort of opinion that supports the mayor’s opinion on this,” Crafton said.
I’d suggest that the good folks of Nashville start looking for a pro American mayor! The one they’ve got right now doesn’t seem to ‘get it’!
Parsing the legal definition of the word “submitted” may well be an issue for the courts, not the Election Commission.
Again, see the above definition. Dang! You would think reasonably educated people could figure this out!
This time, Ramos said, he would like to work with Crafton on positive steps to help the entire community, such as extra funding for overfilled English-language classes.
I don’t remember stories about my grandmother taking tax payer provided English classes! She learned on her own, by immersing herself, and her family in the American culture!
“On Oct. 7, the presidential debates will be held at Belmont. The eyes of the entire world will be on Nashville,” he said. “I’m hoping we can keep this English only (referendum) off the ballot … so this won’t obscure all the great, beautiful things about Nashville, Tennessee.”
Oh, you DO want this on the ballot! Trust me! You DO! One great thing about this country….people still have a voice! What you DON’T want if for Nashville to be in the spotlight as an anti English city.