Eventually, everyone got tired of it. They'd e-mail me only to complain about the Yahoogroup - why it doesn't remind people of birthdays consistently, why they got this spam e-mail (and they suspected it was that Yahoogroup's fault), why I haven't added/deleted their old/new e-mail addresses, why certain e-mails weren't sent to everyone, etcetera. They became a source of annoyance and irritation. They don't respond to my e-mails, but they DID send complaints and gripes my way. Finally, enough was enough.
So I deleted the Yahoogroup and deleted their e-mail addresses. I did what I could, and probably did more than I should. All in the name of friendship. But it was one-sided.
Today I found a couple of old letters from them (see? I even brought them with me when I moved to the US!). Mostly apologizing at how bad they were at keeping in touch. Endless reasons, always pointing out how busy they were. But all these years, I was as busy, yet found the time.
"A friend is a present you give yourself."
However, there's no return or refund policy on this. Thanks, but really, no thanks. It took me this long, but I did what I had to do. Dump the bad stuff to make way for the new.