Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 10:24:29 -0400 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: English-only Amendments Here in Georgia this past year the Legislature did pass an English as Official Language bill. It was sold as a money-saving measure, so that ballots and other public documents would only have to be printed in English. There was a huge uproar, from the usual places but also because many people claimed that it would be a horrible sign of unfriendliness just before the Olympics camme here in 1996. There were also prominent supporters, including the most influential political commentator in the state (he thought that if his foreign-born wife could learn English, every other immigrant should also be able to). In the end Governor Zell Miller (sometime buddy of Bill Clinton) vetoed the bill, not as a matter of principle but because of a technical problem that his staff found with the language of the law. Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English (Park 317) FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Atlas Web Page: