In the wake of the Deer Park chemical fire, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo employed her bilingual skills to deliver updates in English and Spanish, prompting criticism from a commissioner in a neighboring county.
Despite Hidalgo’s effort to communicate with Hispanic viewers about the Intercontinental Terminals Co. fire, a Chambers County commissioner publicly criticized her use of Spanish during a recent press conference.
Chambers County Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Tice said, “ This is not Mexico,” when publicly criticizing the bilingual press conference led by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “It’s real simple- This is the United States. Speak English.” Should public officials only speak in English publicly? Let’s talk about it..
“No. You should be able to communicate to your entire community.”
Mary Svetlik Watkins: “I think emergency instructions need to be delivered by whatever languages make up “
Rene C Resendez:
“I fully support Judge Hidalgo.”
Barbara Ann Mendoza Mead:
“Both is fine depending on location. But, if only Spanish is spoken then that’s another story”
Jeannie Lawson LeDoux:
“It is America- if you are speaking to an English speaker you should speak English- a judge should know that.”
“County Commissioner should know that a judge speaking the same safety procedures and updated emergency information in BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH – which is what she DID – is more American than both of his comments.”
“American doesn’t have an official language.. poor guy that only knows how to speak one language. Sounds about white to me.”
“Small minds in the country.”
“I do agree that English should be the language used for government and official business type communications.”
Frank Pancho San Miguel:
Gilbert Dimas Jr. :
“If I go to France or Germany I don’t expect them to accommodate me”