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November 10, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled its public hearing on the proposal to designate English as the official language of Carroll County to Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the County Office Building, 225 North Center St., Westminster. The hearing had been scheduled for late October, but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. This ordinance, if passed, would recognize English as the language in which all official county business will be conducted. After the hearing, the commissioners may make amendments to the proposed ordinance based on the comments received.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PUISSANT Even if you agree with the sort of people who adopted "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" from Willie of The Simpsons to refer to the French, you have to concede that a good deal of English comes from them, especially from those overbearing Normans of 1066 and thereafter.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
When people start arguing (and peeving) about points of English usage, a familiar refrain is that the usage they complain about is not logical. I've tried to explain ( "English ain't algebra" ) that such an approach is not fruitful. But now the effervescent Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster, writing at harm-less drudg-ery puts paid to that line of argument: English is a little bit like a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don't want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned light sockets.
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October 20, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners will hold its public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 30, regarding the proposal to designate English as the official language of Carroll County. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the New Windsor Community Building, Community Meeting Room, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor. This ordinance, if passed, would recognize English as the language in which all official county business will be conducted. The ordinance, as proposed, can be read HERE Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement that it would "ensure that all official county business is conducted in English, which will save the county money, simplify county communications and provide incentives to learn English to those living in Carroll County.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
Amid the quaint brick storefronts of Westminster's Main Street, Lily's Mexican Market sells Virgin of Guadalupe statues, sacks of dried beans and paddle-shaped cactus leaves. A mile away, the aisles of Las Palmeras grocery store are stocked with Salvadoran cheeses and pastries. A nearby Catholic church draws more than 200 people to a Spanish Mass each Sunday. Mexican and Central American immigrants have flocked to Carroll County over the past decade, drawn by pastures and orchards that remind them of the rural villages in which they were raised.
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September 28, 2012
The Carroll County commissioners who want to make English the official language of the county forget that German was spoken in the county as much as English during its first hundred years or so ("Carroll commissioners might make English official language," Sept. 26). Also, after the Native American languages, Spanish was the first language in the continental U.S. I don't like the racist posturing. MaryAnn H. Gregory, Westminster
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The Carroll County commissioners introduced a proposal Thursday to make English the county's official language and will schedule an evening public hearing to give all residents the opportunity to speak. "We need good public input on this issue," Commissioner Doug Howard said at the board's weekly session. "Everyone should be heard. " Howard said he wants interpreters available at the hearing for those who need them. The bill, as written, would authorize the five-member, all-Republican board to "take all steps necessary to ensure that the role of English as the common language of Carroll is preserved and enhanced.
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September 25, 2012
The commissioners of Carroll County, Maryland, are solemnly considering a measure to make English the official language of their county , following the examples of Frederick County and Queen Anne's County.  Perhaps the best that can be said of the measure is that it will do little or no harm, having little practical effect. Federal and state regulations will remain unaffected, and likely most business practices too. The shelves of Carroll County shops will continue to carry products with bilingual English/Spanish labeling, English/French when they come from Canada.  It is a measure that addresses an evil that does not exist.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
A Carroll County commissioner has drafted legislation that would make English the county's official language — and if it passes, Carroll would become the third Maryland locality to enact such legislation this year, following Frederick and Queen Anne's counties. Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, who represents the Hampstead area, said he will ask his colleagues to introduce the proposal at the board's session Thursday. If they are amenable, a public hearing would be scheduled before a vote.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
At first, the wife wasn't sure. With so many houses on the market, an English manor-style estate at 10 Estes Road, nestled in the coveted Woodbrook neighborhood just north of the Baltimore City line, didn't grab her attention. Her husband, though, knew immediately that they'd found their next home. "That's not unusual with a Benhoff home," said Kevin Benhoff, the agent who completed the $2.4 million sale in June. "The styling tends to trend masculine. Especially until the final touches are there.
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