Lucky to have UMFK
May 10, 2012 | 424 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 2 edition -

To the Editor,

The pictures in your newspaper last week of the three top students at Wisdom High School in Ste-Agathe reminded me of how lucky we are to have our university here in Fort Kent.

Two of these three students plan to attend UMFK next year. The way college graduates are stuck with insurmountable debt now, some of our Valley students would not be able to get a college education if UMFK was not here.

The average student debt at graduation is $25,000, and some are way over $100,000. What a way to try to start your career! It obliges you to postpone making choices, such as buying a car, buying a house, getting married, starting a family, investing in your career or a business, etc.

When I graduated from college 50 years ago, I was debt-free, as were most of my peers. I was able to build a new home and start my practice and even buy a new car within one year. The only bill we had was our house mortgage.

We must remember those who fought several times over the years to help save our college. People such as Marcella Violette, Bob Jalbert, Sen. Judy Paradis, and many others.

Since we’ve been living in Fort Kent at least three attempts have been made to close our university.

The whole Valley should appreciate and support UMFK. Our young people surely can make good use of it, and for some, it provides their only chance.

Marc Chasse 

Fort Kent