“You can’t imagine how many CEOs I’ve spoken with who say they would have chosen to relocate to another city had this proposal been enacted when they came to Nashville.”
On behalf of Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Charles W. Bone issued this statement in opposition to English Only:
Our attorneys have decided that our firm should be on record to oppose the English Only charter amendment that is on the ballot in Davidson County in January. As such, we are the first law firm to publicly denounce the English Only measure, which makes me very proud.
Nashville is a world-class city that speaks many languages. We are a center of learning, government, religion, business and entertainment. English Only hurts Nashville’s values of stewardship, safety, tolerance and hospitality, not to mention our economy. You can’t imagine how many CEOs I’ve spoken with who say they would have chosen to relocate to another city had this proposal been enacted when they came to Nashville.
I hope that if you live in Davidson County you will join with us in voting AGAINST the two charter amendments that will be on the ballot in Davidson County in January:
The “English Only” Charter change: As you may know, English is already the “official and legal language” of Tennessee, meaning this referendum is a waste of time and the city’s money. The real effect if this amendment is approved will be to discourage business investments in Nashville, meaning we will lose jobs, and damage Nashville’s well-deserved reputation as a welcoming city.
This would make it much easier to make changes to the Metro Charter (like English Only) by drastically lowering the number of signatures required to bring such amendments onto a ballot. This would make our city’s governing charter subject to special interests, and this could be done as often as once a year. This amendment would reduce the effectiveness of our Metro Government and weaken our stable business environment.
Early voting begins on Friday January 2, at the Davidson County Election Commission office, 800 Second Avenue South, and ends January 17. The final day of voting will be January 22 at regular voting places countywide.
Please take the time to read more about this effort at www.nashvilleforallofus.org.
Thank you for helping to defeat these unwise measures.
Charles W. Bone
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
[For a list of other law firms in the Nashville for All of Us coalition, visit http://coalition.nashvilleforallofus.org]