Colorado Sells Out
Mar 2, 2006 8:07 pm US/Mountain
CBS4 Investigates 'English Speaking' Sign Flap
(CBS4) DENVER Arapahoe County is threatening to fire a veteran Public Works employee for promoting the fact that he is an English speaking American.
"They claim it's offensive and I've been accused of discrimination and harassment, believe it or not, because of this," said Mike Gray, a heavy equipment operator with the Arapahoe County Road and Bridge Department for 16 years.
The problems began last spring. Gray, 50, owns a lawn service business on the side. He was routinely driving to work in his pickup truck towing a trailer that he uses to carry lawn mowing equipment for his business. On the side of his trailer, the married father of two affixed a sign that reads "Lawn Services Done With Pride!! By An English Speaking American."
The sign also gives Gray's phone number and the lettering is over a background of an American flag.
Gray also wore a hat to work that says "U.S. Border Patrol," which he says was a gift from his son.
Arapahoe County officials told Gray the sign and hat must go or else. In a Nov. 10, 2005, letter, his supervisor Monty Sedlak wrote the following:
"Some of your conduct ... is reprehensible and discriminatory to our non-English speaking and/or Hispanic workforce. You are in violation of ... guidelines which ensure a workplace free from harassment and sensitive to the diversity of employees."
"You are required to permanently remove your cap from the workplace. It is offensive and harassing. Your business sign, if on work premises, must be completely covered at all times. This behavior is inappropriate and any further incidents of this nature may result in further disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment."
THE COVERING UP OF A SIGN THAT PROMOTES A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ON COUNTY PROPERTY IS ONE THING. THE ADVETISEING OF GRAY'S PERSONEL BUISNESS WHILE ON COUNTY PROPERTY DOES FALL UNDER DOUBLE DIPPING ON THE TIME CLOCK. HOWEVER TO SAY THAT HIS WEARING OF A CAP THAT SUPPORTS ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY ... THE BOARDE PATROL ... IS HARRASSING AND OFFENSIVE IS JUST ASSINE.
THE U.S. BOARDER PATROL IS NOT OFFENSIVE UNLESS YOU ARE ILLEGAL. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL AGENCY THAT ENFORCES U.S. LAW MOST OF THE TIME WHEN IT ISN'T HINDERED BY POLITICALLY CORRECT ILLEGAL ALIEN SUPPORTERS.
THIS IS A GROWING PROBLEM NOT JUST IN THE HISPANIC DOMINATED ARAPAHOE COUNTY BUT IN THIS STATE. IF YOU SUPPORT ENGLISH ONLY OR ARE NOT BILINGUAL YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND LOOKED AT AS BEING RACIST OF BIGOTED. A BIG PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH ARAPAHOE COUNTY IS THAT IT IS AN AMNESTY COUNTY THAT SUPPORTS AND AIDS IN AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS. NOT ONLY DOES THIS COUNTY HAVE A HIGH POPULATION OF ILLEGALS BUT IT HAS A HIGH POPULANCE OF THE PUNKS M.S.-13 THUGS. A HIGH CRIME RATE THAT STEMS FROM THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY (ILLEGALS) AND A FOUNDNESS FOR ANTI AMERICAN VALUES.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SUPPORTING THE BOARDER PATROL. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH DISPLAYING THE AMERICAN FLAG. ADVERTISEING ON COUNTY PROPERTY FOR A PRIVATE BUISNESS IS WRONG HOWEVER. BUT TO SAY GRAY IS CREATING AN OFFENSIVE AND HARRASHING WORK ENVIORMENT IS ABSURD.
THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS GOT TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!