Addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease. It's treatable. Perhaps not as successfully as one might like, but on a par with other chronic diseases that require substantial behavioral change, like diabetes and hypertension.
Unfortunately, many people still don't believe addiction is a disease. That's why science-based education is so important.
For a not-for-profit website that discusses the science of substance use and abuse in accessible English (how alcohol and drugs work in the brain; how addiction develops; why addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease; what parts of the brain malfunction as a result of substance abuse; how that malfunction skews decision-making and motivation, resulting in addict behaviors; why some get addicted while others don't; how treatment works; how well treatment works; why relapse is common; what family and friends can do; etc.) please click on www.AddictScience.com. ...(full comment)
This is great news for Mass. ! I would love to be able to post this article on the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Forum where our main focus is the bald eagle but nobody would be able to read it!! :o( ...(full comment)
Thank you for this article Greenfield Recorder! I have found you to very supportive of the local music scene and I am very greatful! Come out readers tonight 05/02/13 to see my playing at the Luthier's Co-op in Easthampton at 8:30. A surprise guest from the songwriting co-op may sit on a few tonight! See you at Mocha Maya's! ...(full comment)
With a sign on the highway traffic will be a problem. How will the town handle this? Church street already has problems at it's intersections.
Another concern residents have is this: Would the gas/ Dunkin Donuts have ample parking after replacing the 40 year old septic?
Certainly 18 wheelers shouldn't be parking on top of one.
The zoning laws were put in place to protect the town and it's residents.
Hillside pizza is a restaurant. It has 40 seats.
The proposed gas station take out, Dunkin Donuts, will have 14 seats.
Shouldn't the residents of Bernardston have a voice in this decision?
Susan Wilcox ...(full comment)
We tried to write a bylaw that would prevent the large biomass plant from getting a buiding permit, but were told by numerous zoning experts that Mr. WOlfe's project would not be effected by that effort. Mr. Wolfe must submit ammendents to his permit or apply for a new one by mid-July. The only sure way to stop this plant from being built is for the permit to be denied by the ZBA. If the ZBA says "yes" again, we will have to go though an expensive legal battle in court. I hope that the residents of Greenfield and the surrounding towns continue to pay attention as this all unfolds and continue to lend support to our efforts. ...(full comment)
Electric cars - nice idea- but, when will the governor and his EEA offiials come look at the gigantic solar "farms" in the Athol/Orange area? Also, when will they come look at biomass harvesting?
Joe Zorzin (waiting to give the officials a tour of some solar farms which are nice, new, desert ecosystems) ...(full comment)
Big props to The Scholar.
Rough weekend. All kinds of potential excuses. Sonya made none. Fought her best. Got beat by a better fighter.
Unlike most pro athletes today, who have an excuse for everything that goes wrong, Sonya didn't come up with a single one. All The Scholar had was great sportsmanship and respect for her opponent.
She'll be back.
I've done some training at Gleason's, and The Scholar can bang with just about anybody there-- man or woman. Good luck with that new speed and those dreams of being world champ! ...(full comment)
Bill McKibben is a Communist, backed by George Soros. Please look into his background....its on the internet. He is also backed by the Ford Foundation, another Communist source of funding. His credentials in 'global warming' are no better than yours or mine. He is a tool of the United Nations....and we all know, too well, how the U.N. wants to lessen the United State's stature and influence in the world. If you like Communism, you will like Bill McKibben. ...(full comment)
Will Flagg mountain be returned to the species' forest or will it be harvested for animals and plants?
Flagg Mountain (Flag Mountain) in Conway, MA was purchased via a land trust for the State of Massachusetts. The question I have is why would the owners sell the land rather than donate all the land? Would you sell one of your children? Did they really care about the forest? The real conservationists here, as is often the case, are the ones that on their watch return the acres to the natural landscape. Would it be the ones that bought the land with contributor money or possibly State money? Who conserves? If one has control of acres and sets these acres aside for the species' forest in perpetuity, then s/he is the conservationist. So, who's money was it? Certainly not the original owners even if it was a so-called bargain, conservation land sale? I will certainly be discussed if I see a photo of the Flagg Mountain owners shaking hand with Franklin Land Trust and/or the Fish and Wildlife Service while each is holding the corners of a big fat check, because the real owners are not there. ...(full comment)
Here is the reality behind "green" wind turbines. Wind energy is a business with a product to sell, turbines. In order to sell this product it has to be promoted. In doing so it has relied upon a very deceptive game plan. Here is a look at some of these tactics: (1)The industry is saturated with 30 years of rigged studies, (2) Wind energy is supported by agency collusion, (3) Wind energy has created a world wide genocide to bats and birds but this has been kept hidden by rigging studies and avoiding others, (4) Wind turbines will cause the extinction of rare species but this fact has never been revealed to the public, (5 ) wind energy destroys property values from industrial squalor but the industry hides this fact with rigged appraisals, (6) Wind creates the permanent destruction of habitat, and ecosystems, (9) Turbines cause personal agony for close inhabitants but this again is hidden with rigged studies, (10) wind is robbing taxpayers, creating huge debt, and driving up energy costs, (11) has a mortality footprint of thousands of miles for all migrating bird and bat species but the public had to hear this from people like me instead of from the agencies entrusted to protect these species, (12) wind energy is clearly supported by media manipulation, and (13) wind is being sold to Americans by our trusted leaders and conservation groups which are nothing more than industry mouthpieces.
It is long overdue for some accountability.
For those that believe in wind energy and the proliferation of industrial wind turbines, I always hear the same arguments used to rally the ignorant. "Wind is the future", "it is green", "we will be fixing climate change", "we are backed with peer reviewed studies", "it is a citizens duty to address this noble cause", "wind creates badly needed jobs", "it will get us off our dependence on Middle Eastern oil", and when addressing the terrible impacts from these projects.......... we represent the "greater good".
All of the people that make these claims might as well say that wind energy will cure warts, because it is all lies anyway. Wind energy actually solves none of the problems it is supposed to address. It does create some jobs but there would be far more jobs if society would concentrate on real solutions. Another point to never forget is that the titans of industry behind wind energy are lifetimes away from being altruistic. One of their commandments is to create as few jobs as possible so they can keep more for themselves. Automation, killing employee benefits, and outsourcing are perfect examples of this behavior.
Get your moratorium and then get to work on your state's renewable energy mandates. The renewable mandates are the wind industry's trump card and every state should dump these mandates. They guarantee that there will be a demand for these useless behemoths and that the taxpayers will pay through the nose. In return the folks behind these turbines not only get to sell them to your communities but they will also get a cut from the energy produced (Production tax credits). Any reasonable person should be able to see the stupidity behind this crooked arrangement.