Of Dreaming and Vote-Buying

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Of Dreaming and Vote-Buying


THE pigeonhole or semblance of it in the editorial offices of newspapers is a virtual repository of candid public opinion.

It is here where letters written by readers to editors, reporters, and columnists are kept for pick-up by addressees.

Many of the mails express their appreciation or contradiction on issues published.

After almost a month of being out of the country, letters gathered in my pigeonhole. I picked three of those. The contents of each one expressed opinions on three dissimilar issues.

One letter enumerated the writers aspirations in a rhetoric of "dreams, no doubt inspired by the same discourse that made Martin Luther King an international figure.

Another mail sought my opinion on a protracted national census that will determine, among others, the identity and characteristics of ethnic (indigenous) Filipinos.

And still another message disagreed with my analysis on the factors that made some candidates win and others lose in the recent elections in Eastern Samar.

Here then are the earnest viewpoint of three letter-writers:

Anyone who thinks that the once outspoken Leonarda Camacho, a former government official, in her retirement years is sulking in one corner of her house is mistaken.

Now a fiery advocate of environmental conservation and cleanliness, Mrs. Camacho circulated to media her 15-point views on how she wished the new administration, government officials, and the public would do.

Her thoughts are compiled in a readable essay titled "I Have a Dream.

She opened by "dreaming that national and local leaders are now molds of moral values in a mystical alliance with what she calls Universal Mind. They should now realize that a stable economy is dependent on a clean and healthy environment, her favorite advocacy.

Another aspiration is a tough one. Mrs. Camacho has a dream that senators and congressmen voluntarily reduced their salaries and CDF. …

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