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The discussions, debates and disagreements among the American people at this time remind me of a nursery rhyme I learned when I was a child:

I do not like thee, Dr. Fell,

The reason why, I cannot tell.

But this I know and know full well,

I do not like thee, Dr. Fell

Helena is the home base of the Truth in Progress project, a group that includes me, Helena resident Marilyn Bennett and other persons there and in Montana, who seek to address the harmful misunderstandings and disagreements that serve to divide.

We are living in a time when concerns about government, the economy, joblessness, war, change and tradition divide us. The nursery rhyme reminds us that the “reasons” for these divisions are sometimes not clear, but we know “we do not like” perspectives and too often people who are different from ourselves.

If we examine our differences that too often become prejudices, we discover that the reasons for them are not always clear, that we just know we feel the way we feel. Whenever I am on the verge of allowing my disagreements to drift into anger, I have remembered the Dr. Fell nursery rhyme. Try it; it works!

Rev. Gil Caldwell

Asbury Park, N.J.


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