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OakPoint TX upholds English as Official Language

A couple of months ago, the small city of OakPoint, TX voted to have English as the Official language of their city.  With much uproar, the appeal process started.  Yesterday, the law was upheld with a 2-3 vote.

Oak Point is a tiny little city in Denton County off Lewisville Lake, just NorthWest of Little Elm, TX.  The population is under 3500 residents.  With such a small population, it's hard to imagine that they've hit the news as much as they have with what's going on there.  Maybe it's a publicity stunt to increase their population.

This new law does not apply to Businesses or Residences.  Also, the city must still comply with state and federal laws that would require the use of multilingual communication.

Here is a link to the story.

Here is a link to OakPoint, TX's Website.

**Pictures courtesy of Oak Point's website.

Comment balloon 4 commentsDonna Harris • August 21 2007 10:04AM

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Whether or not English is the "official" language, it is really important for people who want to live in this country to learn it.  It impacts, among other things, their livelihood!

I hired a company to do a repair to my kitchen ceiling.  The guy showed up with an interpreter and did a beautiful job.  He just painted the wall white and the ceiling tan!  Language mix up!  They called me back about some other work I need done, and I said no. If I was sure that I could clearly communicate, I wouldn't hesitate to use them again, but that is a basic requirement, for me at least.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Patricia, I agree that everyone should learn English if they plan on making this their home.  I wouldn't move to another country for permanent status and not expect myself to learn as much of their language as possible so I can get around and order in a restaurant or just do anything.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 11 years ago

Plano Schools just sent out a package to us for our oldest son. EVERYTHING was duplicated in spanish.

.......... guess who paid for all of that extra paper?

Maybe we can get the treehuggers on the case..... LOL....

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 11 years ago
Duplicated everything like that is just a waste of a tree... instead, Plano could take all that extra spending and build a new Senior High School to eleviate congestion.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 11 years ago

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