Comments for: Mano en Mano bridging white, Hispanic cultures in Washington County

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 2:13 p.m.

MILBRIDGE | Habla usted espanol? For most Milbridge residents — and most residents of Washington County — the answer to that question, “Do you speak Spanish?,” would be “No.” Maine is America’s “whitest state,” in terms of having the least ethnic diversity of any state. And Washington County is …

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  • Anonymous

    While shopping last summer at one of Ellsworth’s big box stores we were assisted in the outdoor gardening area by a young Hispanic gentlemen. When we got back to our camp I called the store manager to tell him that I had never met a more helpful person in any retail establishment in my whole life. He agreed and hoped he would stay and climb the management ladder there. Newly arrived families want nothing different than the rest of us-to have their son or daughter climb the corporate ladder if they wish- not the wooden ones at an apple orchard.

    • County Escapee

      At my gated condo complex with over 750 units (la-te-da), we employ 35 Hispanic grounds keepers, maintenance workers and cleaners. Bar none, they are close to the most reliable, friendly, efficient and courteous workers I’ve ever seen. 
      (Of course the 401(k) and health insurance might have something to do with it!)

    • Anonymous

      Did you ever call when a white male was helpful.. All whites are the same and I can’t tell them apart.

      • Anonymous

        As I said, I had never received  this level of service  from anyone. Race had nothing to do with it. We were buying patio stones- this guy wouldn’t let me touch one. He had a nice  shirt and tie on, and put them on the cart and into my pickup.Who does that?I must look that old and feeble! 

    • Anonymous

      Fantastic, as long as they are legal and have jobs and are supporting themselves.  I also ask the question that push does.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless the niceties, the key word in the article is “subsidized” — code for taxpayer dollars, being distributed to whom exactly, and for what purpose? To make Washington County, Maine “less-white” – what a utopian, nonsensical, social-manipulation goal. It transcends matters of race, or even economics. I think Tom Walsh should move to Guatemala or Honduras and write a celebratory piece on the generosity of those nation’s efforts to make their lands less Hispanic. This is what passes for news nowadays in the BDN. How about a couple more articles on our newest threat to Maine now that global warming and light pollution have been fully tackled– human trafficking. Or is the newest threat Maine’s whiteness and I’m a little late?

    • Anonymous

      I have a feeling there are a lot more so-called white families in subsidized housing in Washington County than hispanics.  What’s your point?  Help one and not the other?  You have something against non-whites?  Here’s a clue for you!  There are more hispanic babies born in the U.S. now than whites.  Sounds like your whole bigoted world is heading for minority status.  Gueranteed they will treat you and yours better than you treat them.

      • Anonymous

        What are you touched or something?  Are you glad about your little statistic, about more Hispanics being born in America than Whites?  Do you care about your country?  Do you know what makes a country a country? Pubicminimus says it right- do you suppose other Latin lands are trying to make themselves more White and less Hispanic? Geezus!  Get a grip.  Do you know why other countries aren’t trying to make themselves something other than they are?  Because that’s WHO they are, it’s their culture. 

        Its okay to be White.  And proud.  And pure American caucasion, without being so inclusive of every goddamn parasitic homo sapien on the planet.

        Believe it or not, this is our country and our county.  We are White.  We are not oppressors, we are not elitist.  We are not priviledged or entitled beyond what we create for ourselves.  We are not required to create it for all walks of life either.

        • Anonymous

          What makes this country great is that we all have the privilege to voice our opinions. I strongly disagree with you, but I respect you’re right to say it. Having graduated with a history degree and taught the subject for a few years I’ll make this short comment. Our country is unique in the world. We’re all immigrants-except for the native Americans that we stole North America  from. My Irish ancestors came to Bangor over 150 years ago and were treated like trash.The protestant community treated them far worse than any minority could be today.  Get used to the changes happening around you-there’s nothing that you can do about it.

          • Anonymous

            You never hear much about how white people were treated when they came to this country.  God forbid!  You also don’t hear much about how blacks enslaved each other in Africa and then sold their own to others who enslaved them.  No, they won’t take any responsibility for that.  They invented slavery.

          • Anonymous

             White people were treated with respect and diginity; you  all saw this as weakness and took adavantage of our kindness; and used Native Americans as slaves!

        • Anonymous

          Ku Klux Klan lives!  Do you discriminate against the French Canadians there too?

          • Anonymous

             You leftist anti-white scum are a disgrace. If immigrants are legal and assimilate, we welcome them. But you champion the illegals and those who refuse to become Americans.
            We’ve had 30 years of your nonsense and we’re putting it to an end.

          • Anonymous

            Bravo John!

        • Anonymous

           Sorry I am not White; this country is not white its multi-cultural; even among whites!

      • Anonymous

         It’s called taking care of the natives (and citizens) first. As it should be. Your hysterical leftist use of the race card simply makes you look foolish.

        • Anonymous

          Give that land back to the indians then. A lot of good Mainers from your neck of the woods gave their lives to put an end to that mentality. 

          • Anonymous

             The Indians get plenty. And who said I lived in Maine?

          • Anonymous

            There ya go!  Thought it sounded like a southern boy!

          • Anonymous

             Former County boy,  now in Central Ohio.
            Try again, lefty.

          • Anonymous

            ****

          • Anonymous

            What do you know! You all got all the resources of Maine, and left us with useless land.  

      • Anonymous

        Talk about biggoted; kettle, you’re black!

    • Anonymous

       Contractors made out! Money went into Washington County!

  • Anonymous

     MILBRIDGE, Maine — Habla usted espanol?  Please allow me to correct you:  ¿Habla usted español?

    • County Escapee

      Please allow us time to set up our keyboards for just that all important reason. We need it everyday.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Sophie. However, please let me remind you that our language of choice is ENGLISH

  • Anonymous

    Try to get a loan for a non-Hispanic business in Washington County.  Good Luck…

    • Anonymous

      I am sure you can if you have credit and a plan!

      • Anonymous

        Been there, done that, get real.

  • Guest

    ¿No quiere hablar o entender el español. Inglés es mi lengua materna y sólo. Gracias Google.
     

    • Kathleen March

      The online translators are virtually useless.  Only human beings can make communication across languages happen.  If there were more bilinguals in the US, assistance programs might be less necessary.  Many people seem to forget the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination, including on basis of national origin – and that means with limited English or with accented speech.  Getting close to half a century that the Act has existed…

  • Anonymous

    Do you speak english?

  • Anonymous

    Why the fixation on race?

    • Anonymous

      non story. Yet there is a fixation on race, sexuality, religon and every bit is turned into a political pony. How else are they going to create hate.

  • Kathleen March

    Mano a mano.  3. loc. adv. En compañía, con familiaridad y confianza.

  • Anonymous

    I grew up in an area that was host to all sorts of Irish American, Polish American, Italian American, etc. clubs. What all these clubs had in common was that they were formed by their various ethnic founders who were new immigrants to this country. They all had the goal of intigrating themeselves and their children into the American mainstream. They all had English classes, citizenship classes, etc. To my knowledge none of them asked for or received tax payer money to operate. If one of their members were in need they pooled their resources to help.

    • Anonymous

      One of few times I’ve agreed with you patom.  Well said.

    • Anonymous

       All the White American you are referring to were on low wage incomes and recieved tax payer help!

      • Anonymous

        The majority of them were brought over here to fill low wage factory jobs. They lived in factory houses, bought their food and clothing from the factory store, and if they got hurt or too old to work they were fired and evicted. They all did their best to intigrate into the American society. They weren’t welcomed with open arms by the established Americans. Many suffered discrimination. The Irish were considered beneath contempt by the WASPs. Jews couldn’t get a loan from any established banks and were forced to form their own loaning institutions. Chinese suffered slave conditions when they were brought over to work on the RR’s (the RR’s were subsidized by the government).

        Visit a library and read up on the history of this country.

  • Anonymous

    Bienvenidos a todo la gente del mundo.

    Nice concept in Milbridge.
    As a struggling taxpayer , in the construction industry,I find the
    costs associated with “affordable housing” remarkable.

       Quick math shows the  $1.3 MILLION DOLLARS for SIX APARTMENTS
     to be less than affordable.
    Unless someone else is paying the way.
      Approx. $217,000 per unit ?? !!
    Remarkable!

    I offer my services to build affordable housing at a savings for Mano a Mano.
     Only $ 210,000 per unit.

    Hasta pronto, amigos.

    • Anonymous

       local contractors made out.  The project put food on people’s plates in Washington County!

  • Anonymous

    Mano en Mano is not about bridging cultures, it is a front to encourage and abet illegal immigration.  The people of Washington and Hancock counties are hard working people and in this economy we need to be doing everything possible to take care our own not those who have flaunted our immigration laws and who want to impose their way of life upon us.

    By entrenching themselves in Washington and Hancock counties these illegal aliens will continue to attract and encourage other illegals into this so called “safe haven” where they will expand and bring with them the inevitable crime, drugs etc. that follow all illegal aliens. They then will use their favorite tactic of “out-breeding” the local population so that in 2-3 generations they are the dominant population and Downeast Maine as we know it will have gone the wayside of LA, Miami, San Antonio etc. and it will be “Maine, the way life once was”!

    • Anonymous

       Right on the money. We’ve seen the same efforts with devastating results in Central Ohio. Illegals are not only encouraged by the left to come here, they are allowed to flaunt our laws with impunity.  Get caught driving without a license? If you’re a citizen, you’re going to jail. If you’re an illegal…you get a ride to Taco Bell:

      DELAWARE, Ohio — Two Delaware County deputies and a State Highway Patrol trooper have pleaded
      not guilty this morning to charges that they improperly dealt with an intoxicated man who spoke
      almost no English on I-71 this summer.

      The law enforcement officers left the man at a Taco Bell near the highway rather than arrest
      him; the man was struck and killed later that night as he walked down a road.

      The three are charged with being derelict in their duties, a misdemeanor. They entered their
      pleas through their attorneys and did not appear in Delaware Municipal Court this morning.

      The charges come from the night of July 28, when Deputies Derek Beggs and Christopher Hughes,
      answering calls about an erratic driver on I-71, found Uriel Juarez Popoca drunk in his truck in a
      median along the interstate. Neither deputy arrested Popoca, though in a cruiser video released
      last month, they can be heard saying he was intoxicated.

      Trooper Sean Carpenter, who answered the same calls shortly after the deputies, did not
      arrest Popoca either.

      Instead, the law enforcement officers took him to a Taco Bell on Rt. 36/37 in Delaware County
      and left him there. In the video, one of the deputies can be heard saying, “They gotta have someone
      in there who can interpret.”

      http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/26/Taco-Beth-death-pleas.html

      • Anonymous

        White people drive without license; you racist pig 

        • Anonymous

           And they pay the price in court if they’re caught.  Same with DUI. They aren’t set free like the guy in the article I posted.
          BTW, the word “racism” has lost all its meaning because lefties like you use it for no good reason. Another example of the sheer stupidity of liberals.

    • Anonymous

       White people don’t want to work low wage jobs. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t believe that anyone wants low wage jobs. I believe that most people want living wage jobs.

      • Sure they “don’t want to” Who goes out and asks “Where are the low wage jobs at?” BUT  I have washed cars parkinglots and  dishes, Pumped fuel oil, water, and septage. worked loaading docks, warehouses, and as a clerk. Picked apples, Dug potatoes, and raked blueberries.

        It was all honest work, it made me some money, and I never went hungry.

        Some “white” people will work any job for wages.   Although I am not technically “white” by the old Jim Crow standard. 

  • I’m so glad that the people of Mano en Mano are bringing culture to us backward hicks who have never seen a minority.

    I have absolutely NO problem with folks moving to Washington County, but the idea that we need a taxpayer supported group to “bring diversity”  here sounds a little to close to the slave ships to me.

    I wonder if anyone is moving Causasians to East L.A.?

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