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Morning after

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‘Tis the morning after. Let’s all take our pills, downers or uppers, let go of anger, frustration, gloating triumphs, and settle down to building this great nation. We owe it to the people who performed their election duty without fuss or fury, without fear or favor, the watchers and watchdogs, teachers, canvassers, candidates, computer experts, even the ”dull and ignorant, they too have their story” (from Desiderata).

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The nation has voted. After months of a heated campaign that threatened to divide families, organizations, and communities, the people went to the polls yesterday and wrote down their choices for president and other officials.

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Honeybees, unlike hornets, seldom sting people. Since honeybees are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and susceptible to mites and pesticides, they are having difficulty surviving in the countryside. Ginza is a surprisingly suitable environment. Even though Tokyo’s air is polluted with exhaust fumes, it’s not fumes but pesticide that is now the leading threat to honeybees. A bee’s life span is only about a month, whatever toxins they might get from the air don’t accumulate to any great extent in their bodies. Honeybees only fly in the sky for a week to 10 days, and they spend the rest of their lives cleaning their hives, according to a veteran beekeeper.

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“I want to lose weight.” “I want to be able to save.” “I want a better life.” “I want to be able to pay off my debts.”

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Finally, it’s May 9, Election Day, and the nation’s voters troop to the precincts all over the country to cast their votes. With the automated elections, the Commission on Elections says the winner in the presidential election will be known within three days.

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It would have been best if all the presidential candidates had come to attend the mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Manila Cathedral last Monday, May 2, even if only for the symbolic unity they would have presented to the nation at this time of such great discord and conflict in the closing days of the election campaign.

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