Why can't I share between two users on the same computer?

I just got a new Mac Pro, and I had some difficulty getting Migration Assistant to work, so by the time I finally did get it to work, I already had a few apps and docs on my computer.  So after I ran Migration Assistant, I discovered that some of my files had disappeared.  I finally figured out that I now had two different users on my computer (that were both me) and I had to switch to the other version of me to get my missing files.  So I logged into my other user account, and I moved everything into the shared folder, and then went back to my current profile and tried to open the drop box.  I got this message: "The folder “Drop Box” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents."  So I went back and set the sharing and permissions so that everyone could read and write.  Then I went back, and I still got the same error message.  So then I went back and set the permissions of every folder in the hierarchy so that everyone can read and write.  Still got the same error message.  Then I went into my old account, went into Sharing in the System Preferences, turned on sharing and set it so everyone has read and write access.  Still got the same error message.  So before I just copy everything onto an external drive, I thought I'd see if anyone here had any ideas.
I really wish I could opt out of this whole "users" business, on my own computer computer in my own home.  That's one thing I really miss about OS 9.

Thanks for your reply, but this article is telling me to do exactly what I already tried.  I just get the message: "The folder “Drop Box” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents."

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