Stefanik and Trump are unfairly targeted
“Who is the real Elise Stefanik?” was Sara Foss’s headline in the May 16 Gazette.
The media and the Democratic Party have tremendous difficulty with this because Stefanik did not initially support Donald Trump but changed her mind and now supports him.
Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why Donald Trump was successful.
Trump, like most Americans, has his own personality — a personality that can be challenging.
Once you set his personality aside and begin to understand how he thinks, it is easy to change your thoughts on him.
Trump spent his entire term in office fighting off the Democrats’ and media’s attack on him about the Russians.
It’s strange that they have no interest in Joe and Hunter’s corruption. Trump hatred is eccentric and drove the news headlines for over four years.
Trump made excellent improvements for America.
A border that was fairly secure and negotiated peace in the Middle East — items that the media and hard-core Democrats have a difficult time with, but many Americans and Elise Stefanik do understand.
Three items that the current administration has destroyed.
The majority of Republicans understand Trump and support him.
Stefanik actually understands her constituents and represents them competently.
Elise Stefanik is an excellent representative of the North Country and Liz Joy will be a perfect representative of the Capital Region, because she also understands her constituents.
We have had enough lousy representatives who only do what party bosses tell them to do.
Consider pot’s effect on mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness month, so it’s the perfect time to consider the effects of marijuana use on mental health.
With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, many people have intentions to start using marijuana and its derivatives for the first time, or to up levels of current use due to the new legality of the substance.
Marijuana is already the most used psychotropic drug in the United States after alcohol.
As with any substance, it is essential to understand the possible side effects of consumption and to make educated choices that focus on maintaining holistic health.
Did you know that marijuana has increased in potency greatly, which puts returning users at risk for overuse and negative symptoms? Furthermore, adolescent cannabis use is associated with an increased risk for psychosis later in life, and in many cases, cannabis induced psychosis persists even after the marijuana is withdrawn.
While cannabis can be used to combat certain illnesses and mental health conditions, in dispensaries people who do not have medical training are offering medical advice regarding cannabis use that may be harmful to individuals who have not consulted with a medical doctor before using cannabis.
Before you choose to risk psychosis or impaired memory (a common symptom of regular marijuana use because marijuana alters the hippocampus — the part of the brain that controls memory formation and processes information), be sure to consult with your doctor and to consider other healthy alternatives such as exercise and meditation to boost your mood.
Dakota T. Torales Maxwell
The writer is a prevention coordinator at the New Choices Recovery Center.
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