Issue of November 4, 2018
     
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Imminent disaster
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

The recent two consecutive furious typhoons that pummelled Northern Luzon, which severely damaged lives and properties, make people believe that disasters are acts of the Almighty to punish people for their wickedness and their wanton destruction of the environment that He created.

Because of greedy and irresponsible human activities for material gains and convenience, the forest and watershed have been denuded resulting in landslides that bury people and houses, shortage of water during the dry season, diminished oxygen that we breathe, and increased a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources also distorts the element of the environment that leads to the disturbance of weather patterns to the extremes which are unbearable to the biological system.

Pollution from vehicular and industrial plants have dramatically increased resulting in increased temperature and will keep on increasing to a point when we cannot tolerate anymore. The sea level is rising to flood low laying areas due to melting of the ice caps in the poles as temperature increases.

Emission such as hydro fluorocarbons from household appliances like refrigeration and air conditioning units installed in buildings and vehicles including those from deodorant and insect atomizers degrade the ozone layer in the atmosphere that traps short wave ultraviolet radiation from the sun which has burning effect on any form of life on Earth.

The world will eventually end if we do not obey established laws of God and humanity governing environmental protection.

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:: Teachers should freely voice their views
Do opinions of public employees matter? This concerns public servants, especially those who are working at the Department of Education. I wonder why some colleagues and superiors consider expressing one’s opinions as a menace.
 

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