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GUEST,PeteBoom (at work) Good news in NI (46) RE: Good news in NI 25 Oct 01

No, catscradle - Based on your comments, you simply don't want to hear what I'd say anyway. One step forward and people with an ax to grind scream how its not enpough. No kidding.

Since I've started, here goes some more -

An artificial difference is being fostered by more than one group. Communities with more in common than they have as differences are focused on the differences by their "leaders". It happens anywhere and everywhere. Yup, there are problems in Ardoyne. There are also problems in the three city blocks around where I now live in the States. There were problems where I lived in Ireland when I was there. What's new?

Try and address the problems near me and I get turned on by neighbors who don't want me to "rock the boat" because I'll upset the drug dealers and the police won't respond. The Mayor is beginning to recognize my telephone number.

Try and help kids from Belfast and I get called a thief and a crook and friends of mine get accused of stealing money. We get told one story by the media, another by "activists" and another by "resident spokespersons." You don't have to live that way and you don't have to sink into the morass - ya know what? I've had enough of those types. Belfast has had problems since the first Catholics moved to the planned city looking work. You expect that to change soon?

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