A future full of hope - Jose Ma. Montelibano

It is difficult not to be optimistic about the future of our country. In fact, one would have to be totally blind, totally prejudiced, totally compromised, or simply too emotionally constipated not to be optimistic. Optimism does not remove the problems, but makes it easier to do so. Optimism does not paint a bright future but makes it attractive to have one. Yes, optimism looks at the glass half full instead of half empty, but it has good reason to do so – like realizing the water is coming in and not going out.

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Love, the Northern Territory intervention's missing ingredient - Andrew Chalk

Amnesty International chief Salil Shetty described as 'devastating' the plight of Aborigines in central Australia after visiting communities in Utopia at the weekend. 'I've been to many places in bad shape in Africa, Asia and Latin America but what makes it stark here is when you remind yourself you're actually in one of the richest countries in the world'.

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