I have been putting off commenting on the regrettable "English Only" initiative currently on the ballot for Nashville voters. This is an important if not critical decision for this community and I wanted to wait until I had time to get the facts right and make a compelling case. Well, a coalition of religious and business groups has formed under the name Nashville For All Of Us and they have put together a great white paper on all the reasons this initiative is wrong for the community. You can get the facts at this link:
I try to shy away from politics in this blog because my mission is a harmonious and successful workplace and political conversations work against harmony. Unfortunately, this referendum is so bad for the culture and business climate in our community that we can't sit back in our business cocoon and let bigotry kill what is one of the strongest local and regional economies in the nation. Passage of this bill, and the subsequent national and international negative press that will come with it, will insure that there will be no more Nissans relocating to our community or Volkswagen's relocating to our region.
I hope you are or soon will be taking some time off for the holidays. While off, take a few moments and read why groups as diverse as Catholic Charities, the Metro Council, and the United Steelworkers all agree that this is a terrible initiative for Nashville. Early voting starts January 2nd and I urge you to vote "No" on both questions.