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'English-only' and the fight for Frederick's character

'English-only' and the fight for Frederick's character

The debate about whether to repeal Frederick County's English-only ordinance appears finally to have arrived at some common ground. Both those who see it as necessary to preserve the Frederick way of life and those who consider it divisive and intolerant readily concede that as a practical matter, whether it stays or goes makes virtually no difference whatsoever.

Before the law went into effect, Frederick conducted its business in English, and it would continue to do so if the 2012 ordinance was repealed. The law does not require anyone to learn English, nor does it actually prevent the county government from producing documents and services in other languages. The ordinance...