Mayor Karl Dean urges businesses to oppose English Only

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

From the Tennessean:

Nashville business leaders should take up the fight against a proposed city charter amendment that would declare English the official language of the city and ban the city government from providing services in any other language, Mayor Karl Dean told Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday.

Speaking at a gathering of members of the chamber’s Partnership 2010 economic-development initiative, Dean said that requiring the city to stick to English in all of its dealings would “negatively impact” efforts to lure foreign companies to the city.

“I’m opposed [to the amendment],” the mayor said. “It is the antithesis of hospitality and a drain on our resources.”

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