County Commissioners in Kleberg County, Texas flaunt their disregard for the law, the constitution, and for diversity.
From now on, courthouse employees and other government workers officially answer the telephone “Heaven-o” instead of “Hell-o.” This insanity is the idea of local yahoo Leonso Canales Jr, who has been saying “God-o” or “Heaven-o” since he came up with this brilliant idea in 1988.
Not everyone is a convert to Kleberg County’s heavenly ways. Madolyn Musick, who runs a bookstore, insisted, and linguists would agree, that “hello” has nothing to do with “hell.” Besides, she added, “What’s wrong with, ‘Howdy, y’all?’”
David Sabrio, a professor of English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, noted that the Oxford English Dictionary says “hello” stems from an old German greeting for hailing a boat.
“Linguistically and historically, the word ‘hello’ has no connection at all with what we associate with the underworld,” he said. “People may make that connection in their own mind. I certainly don’t.”
Here is what I find most disturbing about this. The article I cite above, which was referred to by PZ Myers in this post, was published in the Minnesota Daily (the University’s student paper) and is essentially a reprint of an AP article. There is no byline on the piece.
While differences of opinion are noted in the article, there is no mention of the obvious problem of separation of church and state. What good are reporters if they do not point out the obvious, critical issues when something like this comes up? The overseeing editor for the Daily needs to explain why this oversight occurred. If the Daily is just reproducing whatever comes down the pipe, then they are not better than … some blog! If AP is ignoring the truly important social and legal issues of a story like this, then why do people pay them to provide “news.”
Am I missing something here?
UPDATE: Kingsville will play New Braunfels Canyon for the Softball Regional Title! (Details here)