A Cup of Poem ~~ 당신 오시는 날/ 김병규

당신 오시는 날

김병규

먼 산 아지랑이처럼

당신 오시는 길을 봅니다

들풀 열리는 날은

꽃처럼 많이 생각합니다

봄까치꽃 모습으로

밭두렁을 더듬어 가시던 어머니

다 낡은 허기를

이른 개미취부터 눌러 앉히셨지요

맛도 좋고

잔기침을 멎게 한다며

눈빛 순한 목련처럼

우물물로 봄을 견디시던 당신

사랑의 말을 터득한 입술은

수선화 같은 여린 투로

수없이 외우고

아이처럼 또박또박 읽으며

갈라진 당신 손끝을 기억합니다

개미취 버무리는 아침

밭두렁 잔기침

한 움큼

더해봅니다

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Grant or a Loan? SBA Loan Advance Sends Mixed Message

With Coronavirus impacting individuals, small businesses, corporations, and investors across the board, Congress has passed the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American employees and small businesses.

Many news outlets and organizations have taken note of the $10,000 “grant,” and have encouraged small businesses to take advantage of this “grant.”

The SBA properly names it as “Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance,”which guarantees up to $10,000 in economic relief to businesses currently experiencing temporary difficulties as a result of the self distancing procedures set by the US government.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) properly names it as “Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance,”which guarantees up to $10,000 in economic relief to businesses currently experiencing temporary difficulties as a result of the self distancing procedures set by the US government. SBA states that the loan advance will not have to be repaid.

It is important to note however, that this is a loan program and not a grant program. The EIDL advances up to $10,000 and sets payback interest rate at 3.75 percent for 30 years. Of course, this loan has a forgiveness clause built in, meaning that if the business can provide documents showing it paid for business necessities such as rent, utilities, wages, then it would be forgiven.

Given the nature of the emergency, many businesses will be tempted to apply for this “grant,” and certainly, it is not a bad idea.

However, this is not “free money,” and should be accounted for as a loan with loan forgiveness clause built in.

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Children Say Goodbye to their Mother, 8 Years After the Death of their Father

Sundee Rutter, 42 (Died March 16) in Everett, Washington. Shortly before she passed, staff at Providence Hospital, who were keeping visitors (including her children) out of her room, hoping to prevent the virus’s spread.

Hospital staffs prepared for her farewell using walkie-talkie, and set the children up against the other side of a window to her bed, so that they could say their final goodbyes.

She began to feel ill on March 2; she was weak, had trouble breathing, and had a migraine.

She left all her six children aged from 13 to 24 years. They lost their father 8 years ago, and the single mom had taken care of them.

She survived breast cancer, and it is truly tragic that she could not beat COVID-19. Much condolences to her family.

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Trump Extending Social Distancing to April 30 as Death Toll Increases

Between March 26 and March 29, the US COVID-19 related deaths doubled.

Although initially hopeful, Trump administration has accepted the possibility of hitting potentially 100,000 to 200,000 deaths as a result of the COVID-19. As such, Trump administration will extend the social distancing suggestion until end of April, 2020.

Trump announced that although it would have been nice to ease up on the social distancing guidelines by Easter, based on newly obtained data, US will continue social distancing policy until the end of the month to prevent the currently projected contamination and death rates.

Press generally posted a positive response to Pres. Trump’s ultimate decision to lengthen the social distancing policy deadline to April 30, rather than choosing to reopen earlier per guidelines by economic advisors.

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Nationwide Housing Market Sees Slowdown, not in Northern Virginia

As Coronavirus continues to threaten lives and the economy, the nation saw 30% drop in mortgage applications across the nation.

However, the picture isn’t so gloomy, as many areas such as Northern Virginia continues to see strong movement to sell and buy houses.

Although people are generally limited from much movement, people are regularly purchasing houses in the area. For example, at the local Apple Federal Credit Union, the current response time for mortgage approval is more than a week, even during the shutdown.

Although national and global economic forecasts look gloomy, due to low interest rates, many people will attempt to take advantage of the situation.

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Bill Gates Calls for a Nationwide Shutdown

As the Novel Coronavirus infection count continues its upward route in the United States, Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates stated that the US missed its opportunity for controlling the outbreak by refusing to force a shutdown faster.

In a TED Connects Program, Gates explained that the shutdown would have avoided the kind of pandemic now sweeping across Wuhan, China, Northern Italy or even New York City.

Unlike a more positive viewpoint of the White House, Gates noted that social distancing measures should be as strict as possible, and that ultimately, the cost to human lives would be greater than economic costs to the United States.

Gates stated that the shutdown should be in place for at least 6 to 10 weeks to minimize further damage. So far, the outbreak has infected more than 52,100 individuals so far and has caused massive closure of businesses, schools, and governments.

Although Gates was aware of Trump’s concerns regarding the economic impact of the disease, Gates remained firm in his resolve, arguing that brining the economy back would be done more easily than bringing people back from death.

Gates’ Foundation has committed $100 million towards resolution regarding the coronavirus, and the foundation is also working on providing home-testing kits in the Seattle, Washington area.

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VA Treats Veterans for Coronavirus

Tents are being erected outside the Veterans Administration hospital on Galvez Street in New Orleans. These tents will serve as a drive-through testing site for coronavirus. (James Varney/ The Washington Times)

The Department of Veterans Affairs currently tracks Veterans who have tested positive for coronavirus. As of Monday, 204 Veteran patients were found to have coronavirus. There are 8 in the Washington DC area.
5 are self-quarantined at home, with three in the hospital. Two Veterans have died from the disease so far.
VA has so far administered over 1,524 coronavirus tests nationwide and plans to administer more as coronavirus continues to spread.

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Companies or Individuals? Republicans and Democrats Fight Over Who Should Get the Stimulus

Senate Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill on Monday, as parties split on who should receive the money, at 49-46. 60 vote threshold is need to advance the legislation for a final debate on the Senate.

Democrats argued that the bill does not help families and health care providers enough, while Republicans argued that the bill offers financial assistance to the entire economy and should be passed before more people lose jobs.

Democrats are especially concerned that $500 billion fund would be for businesses, states and cities with wide latitudes to spend, would focus on the big corporations and Wall Street over actual health care.

Republicans argued that Democrats are focusing only on special interest and organized labor.

As Dow Jones has lost 10,000 points in six weeks, with several million Americans without jobs, and it seems that the Senate is caught arguing about who should get what, yet again.

Current plan is for $500 billion loan program with $425 billion for companies, states and cities, $50 billion for passenger airline companies, $8 billion for cargo air companies, and $17 billion for firms deemed important for national security, with $350 billion for small businesses.

When or if the stimulus plan will actually pass, is a question that Congress cannot yet answer, and one, impacting the lives of many Americans.

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As Spring Arrives, so do the Snow Storms

The National Weather Service warned that a major system was bringing blizzards and tornadoes as far west as the Rockies and as east as Mississippi valley.

Snow is expected across the central Rockies through Thursday, with high winds that will create blizzard conditions in southeastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska.

More than 10 million people will be affected by the storm directly, but the front will be felt by even those on the Atlantic coast.

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Simon’s Properties: All of its Malls start closing at 7 pm Wednesday due to COVID-19

Due to Coronavirus, all malls start to closedown in the nation at 7 pm Wednesday as of March 18,2020.

The largest owner of shopping malls group, Simon announced that it starts to close at 7 pm today local time Wednesday and it expects to end March 29 in a news release.

The Mall of America also announced today the mall closing a while and all the big department stores are temporarily closed.

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