Klingon Letter: Councilman Submits Resignation in Trekkie Language

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 04:22 PM

By Robin Farmer

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A North Carolina councilman wrote his resignation letter in the Klingon language, but the mayor who received it was not amused.

Councilman David Waddell called the letter an "inside joke," but Mayor Michael Alvarez was not laughing, even though Waddell included a Klingon to English translation, the Charlotte Observer reported.

“It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina,” Alvarez said.

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The Klingon warrior race appears in the "Star Trek" films and TV shows.

The translated letter delivered to the town’s mayor on New Year’s Eve read:
“Teach (the) city (the) constitution. I will return next time to witness victory. Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January. Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.”

Alvarez used some Trekkie language of his own in response to the letter.

“I wish him the best, live long and prosper. I don’t know what else to say,” Alvarez told the New York Daily News.

In a letter to the community, Waddell expressed frustration over how public information is handled as well as development issues in town.

Waddell, who plans to mount a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat, took the reaction to his unorthodox letter in stride.

“Folks don’t know what to think of me half the time,” said Waddell, a plumber-turned-politician serving his frst term, so “I might as well have one last laugh,” he told the Charlotte Observer.

A word for “resignation” in Klingon doesn’t really exist, Lawrence M. Schoen, founder of the Klingon Language Institute, a nonprofit that promotes the language and culture, told the Daily News.

A true Klingon speaker would have simply said "pItlh," which translates to "done," in order to mark the end, he said.

“Still, it's bought him a bit more publicity on his way out, possibly more than he had while in office,” Schoen said.

Waddell's term on the board would expire in December 2015 but his resignation is effective Jan. 31.

Town Manager Joe Fivas told the Charlotte Observer that the council will decide how it is going to replace Waddell the end of this month or in early February.

It’s a safe bet that applicants need to apply in English.

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