Issue of May 20, 2018
Mt. Province

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Sparing the rod

Thanks to my dear mother’s gentle plea for me to read the Bible more often than only during Holy Week and Christmas Day, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer has come to learn of verses like not sparing the rod so as not to spoil a child, or words to that effect. I remember decades ago at Roxas Elementary School when we pupils were so afraid of our teachers because they can hit our bottoms or the palm of our hands with a stick when we were naughty or pasaway. That was when corporal punishment was allowed.

Now that it’s no longer acceptable because of supposed human rights and other bleeding-heart gobbledygook, many teachers are mortally afraid of students and their consenting parents. Wayward students go unpunished. No wonder we see a lot of spoiled brats, black sheep, and sissies nowadays. Again, spare the rod and spoil the child, as the Bible says. I could be wrong, of course.

Anyway, we agree with Mayor Mauricio Domogan who is not in favor of granting amnesty to those who do not pay their taxes on time. He said tax amnesties only encourage people and institutions to procrastinate or to be late in the payment of their taxes. They become spoiled, in other words.

“Why should we award late taxpayers with amnesties? We should instead grant more incentives to those who pay their taxes on time or who pay earlier than the scheduled time of payment,” the mayor stressed.

Domogan earlier led other officials in commending and awarding the city’s top 20 business and real property taxpayers with plaques of appreciation. The mayor also expressed hope that they will continue to be shining examples to others in paying the right amount of taxes on time.

He also praised the City Treasurer’s Office under Alex Cabarrubias on its report that the city’s tax and fees collection in 2017 was 13.39 percent higher than the amount collected in 2016. Cheers!

FYI: May is observed as Anti-Graft and Corruption Awareness Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 591, s. 2004. The declaration is in line with the constitutional mandate that the State must maintain honesty and integrity in public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corrupt practices.

May is also “National Heritage Month” pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 439, s. 2003, in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and love for the legacies of Filipino cultural history. The information are from the Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera.

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Here’s “The Mother Moon” by Louisa May Alcott: “The moon upon the wide sea/ Placidly looks down,/ Smiling with her mild face, / Though the ocean frown./ Clouds may dim her brightness,/ But soon they pass away, / And she shines out, unaltered, / O>er the little waves at play. / So <mid the storm or sunshine, / Wherever she may go,/ Led on by her hidden power / The wild see must plow. /

As the tranquil evening moon/ Looks on that restless sea,/ So a mother>s gentle face, / Little child, is watching thee. / Then banish every tempest, / Chase all your clouds away, / That smoothly and brightly/

Your quiet heart may play. / Let cheerful looks and actions / Like shining ripples flow, / Following the mother>s voice, / Singing as they go.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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