At first glance, it looks like overall the general assistance is much higher than what is used by the Somalian population. Closer look reveals that 10% of the general population uses 24% of the available funds.
How about all of the other added costs to the city and schools that aren't quite as apparent such as all of the extra staff hired by city departments for interpreters and community relations people.
Finally someone comes out and says it like it is. If you are living in Maine because the free ride is easy, go away. That goes for everyone that came here during the 70's recession when the Feds handed Lewiston construction dollars to build housing. Everyone moved here for a "better way of life." Well, they brought their baggage with them and slowly chipped away at our "better way of life." The same thing happened in the early 80's when the economy struggled. The feds handed out money for anyone willing to build more housing to take in the needy "looking for a better way of life. Has anyone tracked all of the dollars spent for social services across this time span? I am not just talking about the money budgeted for this line item. I am also talking about the money, normally budgeted for something else that gets transferred after the fact, to pay for these social services costs.
I get tired of hearing all of the democratic whining about those doing well not paying their fair share. To me fair share is paying for what you use. Just like going into a store, if you buy something you pay for it. Fair share isn't a penalty for making good decisions, working hard and wanting to EARN a better way of life.
Great job to all of those that continue to work at improving their lives. We are all born with an equal opportunity and it is this type of decision that shapes the type of life you live.
I enjoy reading about people and their positive achievements.
Just a reminder that the City of Lewiston had a chance to be the first to allow a casino but the city government chose not to. We had a chance but didn't have the vision or courage needed to be the first.
Glad that the rest of the project has found a a buyer for the remaining bond allocation. The school needs a full time gym.
Good luck Lee, Everyone that knows you figured that you would return to education or the business world. I am sure you will/would do well in any field that you stepped into.
Good luck with your next endeavor.
Congrats Shawn, you have been a great asset to L.P.S. and I am sure you will continue to do good things for the students of Lewiston.
People, stop and think of how this began. Do you think he invited the media to ask that question. NAACP couldn't get Lepage to bend under their pressure so the NAACP tries to use the media to put pressure on him. He had 2 choices, either bend under the pressure or choose to blow them off since it isn't a worthy question but merely a political tactic. The NAACP tried a little politics and got burned. I doubt they had expected someone to stand up to them and ignore their childish foot stomping.
I think it is commendable to lay it out like it is. He isn't insulting a racial heritage, he is telling a special interest group that he will not be bullied or pressured. People need to understand that when someone new moves into a position such as this they are bombarded with special interests looking to protect an existing relationship or try to create a relationship with the "new guy." Am I concerned with his quick responses that are not considered politically correct? Yes I am, but, I am also pleased to see someone not concerned with tip toeing around issues because he fears political pressures. He is there by a majority of the people and not just one group. When asked to meet with black prisoners in the Maine State prison, he refused but offered to meet with all prisoners, which was unacceptable to the NAACP. As far as those concerned with the national attention, since when are mainers afraid to show the country where they stand?