Editorial January 10, 2021

Mental health at risk

UNKNOWN to the senators perhaps, the needless brouhaha over the vaccination of the Presidential Security Group is an indication that the quarantine has affected their mental state. Instead of looking at the need for the government to rush and roll out the plan for the vaccines to be acquired, their quarantined minds have led them to find fault in what was clearly a positive action of the PSG.

Then there is the alleged rape-slay case of Christine Dacera. Notice how easily the police, media and netizens jumped into the case with all sorts of speculations even before the true facts of the investigations could be determined.

There was the inhuman, deliberate shooting of mother and son by an off-duty cop over an altercation about the sale of right of way area. What could possibly prompt anyone to commit such a thoughtless murder?

We need to be aware that COVID-19 has impacted on our mental health.

Look around and consciously observe how situations are evolving in family and business affairs. Tempers in households and offices are noticeably higher, small arguments flare into exchange of harsh words. In sum, the long quarantine and badgering of people’s minds of the ever-present risks to be infected have definitely affected our people’s mental health.

In fact, largely ignored is the warning of world health experts that affected mental health could be even worse than COVID-19 because a sick mind is not easily determined until it is manifested in an unfortunate, sordid incident.

Government must move to make the public more aware of the unseen risks being experienced during the pandemic. Medical services and facilities must be prepared for the next contagion – our affected mental health.


Biden’s big brick

WHILE our Constitution is patterned after the U.S. Constitution, they differ distinctly on some counts.  While we vote nationally for our 24 senators to serve six years, not in America where each of the 50 states elects two senators to a six-year term, too.  These two senators tend to the interest of their respective states while our 24 senators all care for the nation’s general welfare.  In Georgia this week, two Democrats defeated their Republican foes, ensuring a 50-50 tie in the Senate between both parties.  That gave President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, the upper hand in the Senate since vice president Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, is constitutionally allowed to break the deadlock.   It is a narrow margin for the Democrats, but a big enough brick for Biden to initiate a major surgery on a hemorrhaging American image caused by a truncated Trump mandate. Hand the scalpel, please?

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