A life of struggle, poverty

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Education does not guarantee one’s way out of poverty.

Many college graduates cannot find a job in their chosen profession. Some employers find educated people overqualified and don’t hire them. Employers often rather hire those with less education and pay lower wages. My nephew has graduated top of his class in architectural engineer, yet gets only $10 an hour compared to others who get much more and know less than he does.

My friend has two masters’ degrees as a vocational rehabilitation counselor yet never gets promoted to a higher position. Others, less qualified got chosen to be office managers or higher positions. (Employers can pay them “less” money compared to her.)

Of course anyone willing to work for low wages will get hired instead of one seeking higher wages for the same job. That is why illegal immigrants get jobs that nobody wants to do at low wages; for example, picking apples and other garden produce.

I worked a variety of jobs and was fortunate to get $50 a week. My last few years as a housekeeper in college dorms netted me only $13,000 a year; after deductions I had less than that to live on, pay rent, buy food, pay bills, dentist, life insurance, transportation, etc.

I’m still “poor.”

Gabrielle DeMoras, Lewiston

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