ARGUS COMMENT: Positive city group to be applauded

ARGUS COMMENT: Positive city group to be applauded

ARGUS COMMENT: Positive city group to be applauded

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THERE is something stirring in Newport.

Whisper it quietly, but there has been an outbreak of positivity in the city ... and it seems to be infectious.

The campaign group Newport Rises was only set up at the turn of the year but it's 'can do' attitude and belief that the city has a bright future is proving extremely popular.

So much so, that more than 10,000 votes were received when the group asked people to decide on its logo.

That is some vote of confidence in such a new organisation. And it certainly suggests to us that people are keen to support and be involved with a group that is fresh and unburdened by the political punch-ups that so demean public life at local level in this country.

Newport Rises has one aim - to help the city rise to its full potential. It promotes community events on its social media pages and highlights all that is good - and there is no shortage of subjects - about Newport.

It is non-political and wants to - in the words of one its founding members - 'amplify the positives of the city, its communities and people'.

It is a refreshing view and one which we are happy to promote.

Two years ago in this column we said the best way for Newport to succeed was for people to be unremittingly positive about its future.

It is heartening to see a growing group of the people putting those words into practice.

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12:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

subbie says...

No comments yet - good news I suppose. I have spent a lot of my time living outside Newport defending the city. A few years ago, probably uniquely, I worked in an office in central Newport where 90% of the staff had relocated from Cardiff with 10% new employees from Newport.
I spent the whole time defending the town I love but my fellow Newportonians truly loved to denigrate.
One constant discussion to my enjoyment concerned whether Marshfield was in Newport or Cardiff. It was truly a matter of life or death that ended in tears! As I had worked in central Cardiff I could tell a few stories that were disbelieved by all.
There is some sort of brain washing at work especially in those under about 35. It ended with me speechless as I was told by a rather large Cardiiff Blues fan that he had been warned not to park in Clarence Place and walk in the Old Green subway during the daytime as he would be sodomised.
No comments yet - good news I suppose. I have spent a lot of my time living outside Newport defending the city. A few years ago, probably uniquely, I worked in an office in central Newport where 90% of the staff had relocated from Cardiff with 10% new employees from Newport. I spent the whole time defending the town I love but my fellow Newportonians truly loved to denigrate. One constant discussion to my enjoyment concerned whether Marshfield was in Newport or Cardiff. It was truly a matter of life or death that ended in tears! As I had worked in central Cardiff I could tell a few stories that were disbelieved by all. There is some sort of brain washing at work especially in those under about 35. It ended with me speechless as I was told by a rather large Cardiiff Blues fan that he had been warned not to park in Clarence Place and walk in the Old Green subway during the daytime as he would be sodomised. subbie
  • Score: -11

12:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Six and a half percent of the population voting on a logo is not what I would call 'extremely popular'

'amplify the positives' and 'unremittingly positive' sounds more like pie in the sky propaganda to me. If you want people to be positive - give them something to be positive about... being positive about being positive just seems a little bit... sinister might be the wrong word - but I can't quite nail it down otherwise.
Six and a half percent of the population voting on a logo is not what I would call 'extremely popular' 'amplify the positives' and 'unremittingly positive' sounds more like pie in the sky propaganda to me. If you want people to be positive - give them something to be positive about... being positive about being positive just seems a little bit... sinister might be the wrong word - but I can't quite nail it down otherwise. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 6

10:36pm Thu 6 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

newport used to be ok it really went down hill under devoltion all the grant money that wales now received instead of being shared around wales is now just a cardiff grant.
newport used to be ok it really went down hill under devoltion all the grant money that wales now received instead of being shared around wales is now just a cardiff grant. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
newport used to be ok it really went down hill under devoltion all the grant money that wales now received instead of being shared around wales is now just a cardiff grant.
I think this is probably the best comment I've seen from scraptheWAG and one that I agree on.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: newport used to be ok it really went down hill under devoltion all the grant money that wales now received instead of being shared around wales is now just a cardiff grant.[/p][/quote]I think this is probably the best comment I've seen from scraptheWAG and one that I agree on. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 1

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