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Let it be soon!

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Aren’t  you happy that you are not in the United States now? The news last night declared that U.S. President Joe Biden has warned his constituents of a looming surge in  crime this summer. Now, haven’t they been dealing with a lot of crimes, especially those  related to gunfire, and even mass shootings lately? In fact, from all the news reports  from there recently, it would appear that the warning is too late, too many crimes have already been reported, especially those involving firearms.

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Isn’t the COVID pandemic not enough problem, rather, killer, for them to tackle?  What are their police agencies  doing about it? In fact I think those warnings about increases in criminal incidents have been in their news for several months now. Now that they have a new administration, what difference has been made? This is quite a challenge to President Biden, and I can’t help imagining Donald Trump jeering at him for being  the one to handle this problem, and not him.

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But there is a piece of very good news for Bacolod residents. President Duterte has approved the establishment of a hospital for Bacolod City. Indeed, it has been a long time that our city has been longing and wishing for its own hospital, Yes, we have  the Occidental Negros Provincial Hospital, but from its name alone,  it is clear that it has to cater to the entire province! Now Bacolod has some private hospitals, but  our  low income population can hardly afford to go to them. If they do have to go,  they usually end up overwhelmed with indebtedness.

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The ongoing COVID pandemic  is the best argument for striving  to have a hospital  for Bacolod that is now serving a big population, many of whom are still among the low-income group. So, the sooner we start constructing, furnishing and staffing it, the more we can tackle epidemics and even pandemics, like the ongoing COVID 19, when  they spring upon us. Let us encourage and pray for our officials  so their efforts to  have one for us will be realized soon.

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What is the matter with a lot of people in the United States lately? Reports of killings and even mass shootings seem to have become the order of the generation. Not that we in the Philippines are free from such disturbing incidents, but it does seem to be happening more frequently in the various states  that make up the United States of America, whose people pride themselves in being “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.  Now it seems to be the land where people are free to acquire guns and shoot  others, and brave enough to flaunt the law.

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Why have so many people, not only in the U.S. become so free with the use of guns and causing injury and death to others? What element has gotten into their atmosphere that made them  gun-happy, and uncaring about the lives and safety of their fellowmen? Oh, we are not trying to be “holier than thou”, because we do have incidents of  killings that are unreasonable, but it does  seem that more of such is taking place in the U.S. And they don’t have insurgency problems like we do, too.

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Yesterday, our family traveled to a distant barangay in Pulupandan town; in the northern part of our province, Negros Occidental, to lay to rest in the mausoleum of her family, the remains of my beloved sister-in-law, Celia, widow of my late brother Cesar Lorenzo, who succumbed to what appeared to be a heart attack last Tuesday. It was a  great shock for our folks, because, although she had always been frail and not very active, we never imagined she would leave us so quickly.

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Her symptoms did not seem serious, only her eyes, according to her sister, Ann,  did not appear normal and they rushed her to the hospital, but she barely reached it. We could hardly believe that could happen, but we all had to accept the will of our Lord, despite our grief and sense of loss. She was the wife of my late brother Cesar Lorenzo, or “Enzo”, and their romance began while they were barely in their teens. But they apparently understood  and  loved each other, and when my brother died, her own spirits seemed to have deserted her, too. I hope and pray that they are now together again, but Oh, what a deep sense of  loss our family is going through these past few days! I hope our other relatives and  friends are praying for them, and also for us, as we try to accept this sense of loss.*

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