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―Good one,‖ Janey said. Tyson smiled devilishly and nodded. Gord hushed them both
again. ―This is your part!‖ he said, pointing to her.
“What are your reasons, ma‟am? Do you see many women involved in this line of
work?”
“Some, but not nearly enough. It‟s still very much a man‟s industry.”
“Is that why you joined?”
“Yeah, pretty much. I didn‟t want to leave all the fun to the men. Plus, we girls got a lot
more to fear being on the street alone. I don‟t think the guys in this business understand that too
well.”
“Do you find it hard dealing with the men in this business? Are they tolerant of women,
do you find?”
“It depends. I think they look at themselves and think it‟s their manly duty to solve these
problems all by themselves. I figure I‟m here to remind them that they can‟t do it alone, and…
we have as much business being here as they do.”
“What about your colleagues? Do they work well with you?”
“They do, but only because they know they better.”
―Ouch!‖ Tyson said at her. ―Careful girl!‖
―She spent a lot of time on you,‖ Gord complained. ―I had the most to say.‖
―Yeah, you were the one who kept trying to hog the mike,‖ she came back.
―Yeah, whatever. Just listen.‖
The shots on the screen moved back to some panoramic views of city streets, crumbling
schools, and old riot footage. For a moment, Gord phased out as the report got into more
background stuff.
“At the time, analysts cited the nation‟s crushing debt and the crumbling social system as
the cause of the situation. For decades, the inner areas of America‟s greatest cities were known
for their violence. But soon, citizens saw the problem spill over into smaller urban and even
suburban areas. After a short-lived stint with martial law, the federal government found that the
cost of keeping soldiers in the streets only exacerbated the debt situation, and created conflicts
with the citizenry. The Libertarian Act was seen as a compromise that would be pleasing to both
civil liberty advocates and an angry citizenry demanding action.”
―Here I am! Here I am!‖ Gord yelled again.
“One of the things that makes this country of ours great is that we believe that the
government‟s got no business controlling our lives, telling us what to do. I think that this law
recognizes that. It simply places in the hands of the people what is already theirs to begin
with…”
The camera cut again to a shot of the reporter in another area of the city. Gord threw his
hands up in frustration.
―Damn it! I talked for like five minutes, they only used a bit of it!‖
―What are you gonna' do?‖ Tyson asked, taking another mouthful of spaghetti. ―Can't
hog the limelight forever.‖
“But of course,” the reporter went on, “not everyone agrees with the Libertarian Act or
its provisions. We were speaking with one such person earlier today who prefers to remain
anonymous, who claims that the act endangers the very social fabric of our community.”
The next shot was of a pixelated face sitting in a dark room, the voice garbled to conceal
its true sound. The three of them leaned closer to listen to this critic, whoever he was.
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