The case of an Arizona city council candidate who is challenging a court decision to strike her name from the ballot due to her English proficiency has revived the English-as-official-language debate, and it's raised other discussions as well. Alejandrina Cabrera has appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court over the lower court's decision, calling it an abuse of power and arguing that many of her would-be constituents in the border town of San Luis, Arizona speak primarily Spanish. Opponents of Cabrera, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico, say she still needs better command of English to run for elected office.
However you feel about it, the debate has prompted an interesting essay from syndicated columnist Esther Cabrera, who wrote on VOXXI about how non-native English speakers' accents have a bearing on how they are perceived intellectually. She also refers to a well-reported 2010 study that ranked native English speakers higher than non-native speakers on a "truthfulness scale."
What do you think? From the piece: