J. Lussier: Out of line

First of all, I did not vote for Mayor Robert Macdonald because I knew that sooner or later he would open his mouth and the city would find itself where it is today.

Having said that, I have to say that the response I saw at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting and on the steps of city hall were even more out of line. Instead of simply expressing their opinions, an organized group was intent on trying to bully the mayor into an apology.

He said what he said, he read his statement, the public had a chance to speak, now let’s move on.

A mob poses for the television cameras on the city hall steps. Really? Who is causing hate and discontent now?

Armed with a petition that means nothing, these people are demanding the mayor to resign for exercising his free speech. Do they really want an apology if it is not from the heart?

By the way, there should be no comparisons between the recent immigrants to the Irish and French Canadians who came to this city so many years ago. Those people came here and built the mills and shoe shops, then went to work in them. They built the canals, roads and bridges. They built the bakeries, churches and schools and supported them. They built city hall and the steps the mob stood on and made their complaints.

There is no comparison and I am offended when I hear statements like that.

John Lussier, Lewiston

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Was at a local hospital

Was at a local hospital yesterday for blood work. Two non-Caucasian men walked into the waiting room. It did not take the cerebral matter of a rocket scientist to figure out that the well dressed one was an interpreter.
One thing is certain Mr. Lussier, I don't know about yours, but my French Canadian grandparents when they came to America were not provided with interpreters to help them get access to the Social Services that were available to them. In fact, now that I think of it, there were no Social Services available to them. They made it on their own or they didn't make it at all. Interpreters, indeed.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Petitions

Seems to me the petition was a perfect response to the mayor's call for them to become americanized and to leave their culture at the door. What is more American than circulating a petition to address your grievances to government ? Apparently somebody was paying attention in citizenship class. Certainly they did not learn this in Somalia. As for being grateful, they may very well be but that doesn't preclude their taking offense to an ill thought out remark singling them out as somehow being inferior to other citizens. They have as much right to petition as we have to cast a vote in an election. Oh, some people think some of us shouldn't have that right either.

Jason Theriault's picture

Accept the fact

There is one fact you need to accept - This is their home now. You can either work with them to make them contributing members of our community, or you can be hateful and take steps that isolate them.

Jim Cyr's picture

Accept the fact, Monsieur Theriault,

it is not being hateful, as you express. "They" need to work with US to become contributing members of "our" community. If this is their home now,then, " When in Rome, do as the Romans do ".

 's picture

as often as they've stood

as often as they've stood before cameras demanding apologies, i'd like to see them just once stand before the cameras and say thank you. we pay for their healtcare, esl, housing, food, and education, none of which was handed to irish and french immigrants. we did not start their war and destroy their cultural home, so we owe them nothing more then the opportunity to live here. guess what folks: people offend me everyday because of my job, my age, or where they perceive i am in social standings. people have told me that the francos had no culture, were uneducatable, and we stole and bastardized the french language. and don't forget the stereotypes of the irish brawler and whore, nor the "irish need not apply" signs some businesses would put up. in a land of free speech, people will get offended and they won't always apologize and that is their right. if you don't like it, tough, quite whining and get over it. thats what i've always been told to do when people have "hurt my feelings", just get over it.

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