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Think of India

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

A bill that will make vaccination mandatory has been filed. Any objections? But we have heard some people complaining that it would be an infringement on their freedom of choice. Do you agree with them? Indeed, they can claim that freedom, but if they were to disobey the law, that is, if one has been passed to oblige everyone to undergo it, what is the penalty? I suggest it will be mandatory vaccination! Not that we want to “infringe”  on their claimed “freedom of choice”, but they would be hazards to everyone.

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As I write this, what is coming out on CNN is an argument for vaccination, with the speaker insisting that everyone would feel safer, and be really safe if everybody has undergone it. Indeed, it is rather selfish to think that, because others have been immunized, you don’t have to go through it yourself. If you don’t care, or have no fears for yourself, think of other people around you, your family, your loved ones, who may be victimized!

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If you really don’t care, just think of what is happening in India. Such a big and also advanced country, and yet it is one of, if not the worst hit in the world. Hospitals are overflowing, even cemeteries no longer have space and I heard another hair-raising report that they even lack firewood now to start cremation processes! Would we like our own beloved country and people to undergo that? And our rules are so simple for avoiding it – just let your loved ones and yourself submit to immunization through vaccination.

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Statistics cited said 38 percent of COVID cases worldwide are found in India. What has their government failed to do to anticipate such mortalities and cases, has it not acquired enough vaccines, or at least some cure for those newly infected? Now, everyone there is said to be afraid and avoiding getting out of their homes, but I don’t think that is protection enough. Any member who goes out could bring home the virus, if he or she has not undergone vaccination.

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Is woman power edging closer to the leadership of the United States? This naughty idea came to me upon seeing President Joe Biden delivering his 100th days  speech, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary Nancy Pelosi. Aha! Les girls are catching up in the macho politics of the U.S.A. But they are quite behind us in that regard, because we have had two women presidents already in our virtually young republic. And they didn’t do badly at all!

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But if you have noticed, the two had a lot of politics in their background. President Corazon Aquino’s husband, who was a martyr of democracy, was a rising politician and was believed to be a shoo-in for the presidency when he was murdered at the airport in Manila, now named after him. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also became president, and she had a lot of preparations for it, being the brilliant daughter of a president. But America, as modern and advanced as it is, has yet to try a female leader. What are they waiting for? Will either  of those two behind Biden be “it”?

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News has just come out that Derek Chauvin, the man charged for the killing of black man George Floyd that he did by kneeling on the neck of the poor man, has been found guilty of the crime, but we don’t know what his sentence is yet to be. Committing a crime in a public, or visible place is now no longer easy to get away  with. Especially in these days of video,  body cameras, and other gimmicks that can “testify” against you in the most graphic way! So if you are mad enough at anyone to wish him or her ill, better rely on anting-antings, “hewits” or witchery, for your revenge. They cannot be proved in court easily.

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Is it true that those who have been vaccinated no longer have to wear masks? Is that applicable in our city where mask-wearing is obligatory? I suppose one has to bring evidence on his or her vaccination to prove  immunity? But it is quite reassuring to know that in Bacolod, we are expecting more vaccines to be delivered so that as many, and even majority of our residents, can be immunized. Is that the way we can attain the so-called “herd immunity”? So go line  up now for your shot!*

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