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Commissioners trying to help immigrants? Not likely

I almost threw up when I read that the Carroll County Commissioners touting an English-only bill claimed they were not motivated by a hatred of non-English speakers in their midst but rather were expressing their brotherly concern that non-English speakers should simply hurry up and learn English for the good of everyone ("Commissioners get an earful on 'official English' proposal," Dec. 13).

This is utterly inconsistent with the same Carroll County Commissioners who in May 2011 supported the petition against in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants (the Maryland Dream Act, which passed easily last month after being petitioned to referendum). Why would the same commissioners want to disqualify students who had demonstrated enough proficiency in English to attend college? They shouldn't have it both ways — going out of their way to fight tuition remission to immigrants who have learned English and at the same time insisting English (not an easy language to learn; it has nearly six times as many words as Spanish, which of course is spoken by the ethnic group most despised by the Bible-thumping commissioners) be learned by everyone.

These politicians are simply inspired by vindictiveness (their effort to scuttle the Maryland Dream Act having failed abysmally at the polls) and make a mockery of the faith they profess. They waste more taxpayer money discussing these astonishingly idiotic and inconsistent propositions. And I bet the immigrant students applying for an in-state tuition remission could thump any one of them on a Bible quiz.

Similarly, I was happy to see some brave iconoclastic Carroll Countians testifying against the English-only bill.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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