During National Hispanic Heritage Month, this year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. State and federal governments have proclaimed Hispanic Heritage Month, and so have most local governments, including Charles, St. Mary’s, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. One notable exception has been Calvert County. What will they do this year?

The month-long event honors the contributions made by Hispanics and brings positive attention to their citizenship, culture and history. Hispanics now make up about 18% of the U.S. population and about 4% of the Calvert County population. These 4%, or almost 4,000 individuals, deserve appropriate recognition. Calvert County commissioners need to get with it.

Not only does Hispanic Heritage Month draw positive attention to Hispanics, it also discourages abuse and discrimination. Calvert County commissioners need to make sure they and all the people who work for them within county government make every effort to avoid abuse and discrimination against Hispanics, or any other minority, and recognize and emphasize the positives.