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Community disharmony

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Jenny Shiels, Byron Bay

I read Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox (21 July), and I agree there is disharmony in communities worldwide. Yes, it affects us all. When people are afraid they come from a place of fear and act accordingly.

Why can Mandy no longer go to the cafe she has frequented for the last 15 years? Isn’t that part of the divide and disharmony?

Is it because of distrust and suspicion? That they are not wearing masks? Did the coffee change? Did the staff change?

Statements like that are part of the divide. It’s the emotional attachment to mask wearing that has stopped her from visiting her favourite coffee shop, nothing else. It is emotions and the ‘I am right, they are wrong’ attitude that creates the division.

I hope Mandy returns to her favourite coffee shop. They would be really glad to see you.


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