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We've got reason to be happy

Ninfa Leonardia Once more with feeling: A very Happy and Progressive New Year to all our readers and friends! I feel I have to stress this, even to those who used to be in my “texting list” because my old reliable cellphone chose to conk out with the old year and left me in frustration as at not being to reach my dear ones, or even to reply to my thoughtful friends and kin. Unfortunately the new one that Brother Pros immediately supplied me was too hi-tech, until now we cannot understand each other! But I'm learning, I'm learning!

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One of the things we have to be thankful for with this year is that, even if we are still besieged by bad weather, at least we are not as bad as people in the frigid countries who are virtually freezing these days. Imagine seeing sights on TV of the Niagara Falls freezing, with the rushing waters now at a standstill like gigantic blobs of ice. And in some countries, even fountains have also frozen over. Just imagine how it would have been if such temperature occurred in our tropical country! We are still more blessed as we are.

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Another cause for elation and hope is the report that the Philippines has landed among the “Happiest countries in the world”. There were only ten countries in the list and our country is number 3! Indeed we are a happy people, and have lots of reasons to be. We may not be among the wealthiest, but being happy and having cause to be so should be enough for everybody. After what had been happening in the year just past, with the thousands of deaths by EJK, the victims of fires, typhoons, landslides, floods and killings, some among family members, we still have occasion to count our blessings. Let's continue hoping and praying that the scourges of 2017 remain in the past.

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Maybe the people who are not very happy with the ending of the year are the manufacturers of firecrackers who found out that this time, the authorities mean business when they declared a ban on their products. Some producers, especially in Bulacan, have revealed that they have lost about 70 percent of their usual sales, because firecrackers were very strictly prohibited and only fireworks and the less dangerous ones were allowed. But then it also meant that there were also about 70 percent less injuries this time.

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A new headline recently said that President Duterte's wish for the New Year was for unity. I hope he meant with his vice president with whom he seems to be quite distant in the past year. At the Rizal day rites recently, he seemed to be greeting Vice President Leni Robredo quite cordially. Was that a smirking look on the face of Manila mayor and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada who seemed to be eyeing them mischievously?

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Starting with the New Year, marijuana will no longer be taboo in California. That is, the type they have classified as recreational, which I understand classes it among such things like cigarets and tobacco. In fact they are already saying that, before long, California will be reeking with marijuana or cannabis scent. Well, they already talk about medical marijuana, so it may finally become accepted internationally. In fact, wasn't that the way tobacco smoking came into accepted use?

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Meanwhile, I wish the people in the Tourism Department could be more original in their promotions effort. Remember how they started by aping the former slogan of Switzerland by adopting their “It's more fun….” Tag? Now, since that doesn't seem to have caught on, they have again gotten out of the attic the one introduced years ago of “Bring home a friend”. Which does not even clearly say what kind of friend, a real tourist, or just another Pinoy working abroad. If what they are bragging about in numbers of foreign visitors is true, why resurrect the old saws?

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If you are a casino habitué, this bill being introduced should appall you. HB 5871 is proposing that casinos charge entrance fees to all their patrons and it should be a hefty P3,500 just to get in. The rationale is that if you cannot afford to enter, that means you cannot also afford to play. So if your purpose in entering a casino is to double or treble your money, forget it. At the entrance alone, they will already fleece you. Better sate you gambling urges at the cockpit, the mahjong table, or the pula-puti, if not the spider fights. Anyway since it's a new year, let's hope our gambling friends have made resolutions to sift to other forms of entertainment.*

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