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  • Anonymous

    When I was growing up, many Franco-Americans in Maine thought it best to go out and get a job after high school.  Some had parents with only an eighth grade education.  So, education wasn’t stressed as important.  

    • anonme 527

       Kind of true. Older generations often deeply religious blue-collar. College if at all was Catholic School or Trade / Technical school. Many immigrated here in the late 19th and early 20th Century to get factory jobs after labor strikes and economic growth left employment gaps.
      Classic story of industrial decline. The rebound has yet to come…and so goes the state of Maine…  

  • Anonymous

    I know there are Frenchman throughout the state but the French of northern Maine don’t really consider themselves part of the state.

    • Anonymous

      No one else here does either.

    • Anonymous

      That is not true.  People up north do feel they are part of the state.  But, they have limited resources because the state allocates all the money to Kennabec, Cumberland and York Counties.  The rest of the state struggles, especially up north.

    • Anonymous

      that’s not the problem.   It’s that the rest of the state sorta belongs and looks like Massachusetts!

  • anonme 527

    remove

  • anonme 527

    Greg…thats a French thing…ever been to Quebec?  They don’t consider themselves part of Canada!(lol)…

  • Anonymous

    Somebody’s got to be last.

  • Jake_OO7

    Lepage has ignored those that helped him get elected.  Another nail in is coffin. 

  • Anonymous

    Wonderfully refreshing it is to know that our tax dollars are put to such good use studying such a crucial dynamic, especially during these times of a flourishing economy. 
    Maine politicians can find ANY excuse to waste money. Pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Franco-Americans rank second to Native Americans as the most mis-treated culture or society mainly because of their lack of assertiveness.  This needs to change as part of fair treatment for all.  Politicians and the media need to recognize this fact and correct the injustice.

  • Anonymous

    Why not toss the “Downeaster” into an ethnic catagory and see what you can come up with.

  • Anonymous

    It seems to me that a college degree does not offer the same benefit here that it does elsewhere because of the low pay scale. People in other states with college educations make much more right out of school than what is offered here. So even if Franco-American youth obtain the Bachelors or Masters degrees, it is more likely that they seek jobs elsewhere, since Maine does not offer them much more than if they only had an Associates degree or even a high school diploma.

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