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18 June 2013

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LFR's, and other Bougainvilleans', writings are hard and painful to read for anyone, particularly for those of us with some previous involvement there.

However, we must see things as the Bougainville people see them in order to understand what happened to them and what they are doing to solve their crises.

Bougainville writers please keep telling us how you saw/see it and never mind about political correctness or other watering down factors.

Maureen good comment.

Criticism will mould and shape one to be come a better writer in this context.

LFR learn to take criticism and adapt your style of writing.

Never give up!

Go where, LFR? Come on now, grow up and be the true writer that you have shown yourself to be. Just trim and prune.

All you are writing is heard and appreciated by writers and readers here. You're waiting for an email to readily go because of a few unfavourable comments? Toughen yourself, man.

Every person will have true stories or dreams that will not be accepted by everyone. Does it make the story or dream a lie? No it does not.

The one who stays on course usually convinces everyone in the end. I don't think you are the surrendering type!

I am creating all you writers and readers pain thus sent me an email and I go.

Let's enjoy your sweet world.
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Leonard - Your writings on Bougainville are important, revelatory and pleasing to the eye. But you, like all contributors, need to exercise care in not crossing over the line of extreme offence. As editor, I think some of your references to Papua New Guineans could be construed as at least insensitive and my article (and Francis Nii's article) sought to draw attention to the dangers of that approach. None of your articles has ever been rejected or censored, and I hope that will continue to be the case - KJ

I respect and admire Francis opinion and his writing. But want to hear what Bougainvilleans have to say.

If we have raised the Cracken in our discussions then I believe it is up to us to seek out the alternative views to kill this beastie.

I think alternative opinions from Bougainvilleans are missing in this discussion and that makes us feel a little wary of pushing the agenda.

On the other hand, if there is no opposing opinion and they are in accord, then what right have we to silence their proclamations?

The best we can do is provide a sober view of history, where for our part at least, we were indeed guilty through our governments actions.

If it us 'redskins' and 'whiteskins' who stand guilty of driving Bougainvileans to violence then let us hear their real opinions.

The gun shooting may have stopped but thoughts and words are ammunition that never run out.

Agreed Keith - but I quite like the frankness of some of the works on Bougainville.

The valuable insights we get from these works can serve as good lessons for us and unless we learn from history, we are bound to repeat the same mistakes.

Perhaps it needs an intelligent reader who is able to cut through the emotions and see the real issues for what they are.

I would not necessarily shoot the messenger.

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