Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spanglish Only

An Arizona woman was being kept from running for office because she wasn't proficient in English.  A candidate in El Paso is being challenged because he doens't know enough Spanish.  It's a weird line we walk on the border.
Conversely, in an ongoing city commissioner race in El Paso, the incumbent candidate, Willie Gandara Jr., said his challenger was unfit to serve because he didn't know how to speak Spanish well enough. Gandara claimed that speaking Spanish was "of the utmost importance" for politicians in a border city like his own. In 2006, the tiny border town of El Cenizo, Texas, even declared Spanish its official language, sparking heated discussion on the issue nationally.

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