Mayor Gatsas’s PR stunts will not solve the substance abuse crisis

Friday, March 4, 2016 Carol Robidoux 2
In what the Mayor himself acknowledged was nothing more than a measure to get media attention, he is now pushing for a 21-day State of Emergency to be called to raise public awareness of this important issue. The notion that we can solve this crisis by increasing public awareness at a time when families across our city know far too well about its devastating toll is absurd. Empty rhetoric in the face of a state-wide health crisis does nothing but put more people at risk. READ MORE

Beyond walls: Let’s solve addiction before we raise another generation of broken adults

Friday, February 26, 2016 Carol Robidoux 1
This is a problem that can’t be fixed overnight, and maybe not in the next presidency, but if a 24 year-old from New Hampshire can understand and explain some of the basic issues connected to this crisis, we need to expect the leaders of our country to do so also, instead of sticking to narrow-minded pipe dreams for their own political benefit. This isn’t a partisan issue. This is a common sense issue. And it is also an issue of life or death for the millions of Americans struggling with opioid dependence. READ MORE

Can access to nature lead to smarter, kinder children and communities?

Friday, February 19, 2016 Carol Robidoux 0
The average American child spends four to seven minutes a day playing outside, and more than seven hours a day in front of a computer, tablet, phone, TV, or other type of screen, according to the Child Mind Institute. What impact does this have on learning, social skills, and health? Among the consequences of children spending less time outdoors are increasing obesity rates, increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and a lack of appreciation and understanding of the world around them and something called ‘nature deficit disorder,’ according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. READ MORE

Hillary vs. Sanders: The “S” word worth talking about

Sunday, February 7, 2016 Carol Robidoux 0
Before you allow the media, big business interests, misinformed colleagues and personal connections, dissuade you from voting for Bernie Sanders by using the “S” word inaccurately, please ask yourself, “Why are these countries capable of providing college education, free healthcare, and proper incentive for entrepreneurialism/ingenuity and be socialists? Why can’t the U.S.? How do we head in the right direction for ourselves and future generations? READ MORE