LETTERS: Feeling down? Try going out
Exercise may be best treatment for depression
During the pandemic, depression rates skyrocketed.
Many people today suffer from occasional or ongoing depression symptoms. This Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to care for your mental health.
Many depression treatment options are available, yet the easiest and best may be your two feet.
Duke University concluded that exercise could be as beneficial to those with depression as a course of antidepressants. In their famous SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention & Long-term Exercise) study, it was found that "a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard treatment of antidepressant medications." The study concluded that exercise "is associated with significant therapeutic benefit, especially if continued over time."
Consider making regular exercise, even simple walks, a new habit. Or maybe offer to go on walks with someone you love who is dealing with depression. It may just be the best medicine.
Y. Pritham Raj, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Active Recovery TMS
Roe could survive — at least until after Election Day
Don't be surprised if the U.S. Supreme Court postpones issuing its decision regarding Roe v. Wade until after the November election.
The leaking of Samuel Alito's draft opinion was unprecedented, creating a national storm of criticism and controversy. Those judges whose names were listed in the majority must have been startled by the outrage directed towards them, including the protests at their homes. The anger also raised the Democrats' chances of victory in the November election.
If the Democrats keep control of the Senate, they will be able to whittle down the conservatives' control of the court by new appointments as time goes by.
To protect their conservative mission, the Republican-appointed judges must do their part to forestall a Democratic election victory. The deception some practiced during the consideration of their nominations as to whether Roe was "settled" law, and the likely influence of Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, a fierce right-winger, on her husband suggest these people are not above a scheme to diminish the opinion's impact on the election.
The majority could decide not to issue the final opinion in June when it is now due. Their excuse would be further oral argument should be held considering the public reactions to the leaking of the draft opinion.
Postponements of decisions into the following term are not unheard of in Supreme Court practice. With straight faces, the majority could schedule the new argument to be held after October when its next term begins, with the final opinion not likely being issued until after the November election.
This move would lower the intensity of the anger that would otherwise motivate voters. It might stimulate some naive hope that the court could issue a more moderate opinion. A significantly different result would be unlikely.
Yet, the lowering of the controversy's temperature temporally would favor the Republicans. As it does with gun control, the GOP could push abortion to the side, arguing the time is not right to address the issue. The Republicans would fill up more of the public space with a campaign forcing the Democrats to defend President Joe Biden's record, including failure to control inflation, a possible recession and resurgence of the COVID pandemic.
As said years ago, the Supreme Court judges read the newspapers. They know the politics of the day. They can see a removal of the abortion issue from the election aiding the Republicans' campaign to control the Senate. They do not need GOP leaders to whisper this in their ears.
Richard Botteri, Cedar Hills
An open letter to Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway
As I sit inside my house seeking any respite from the relentless assault of jets in the Hillsboro Air Show, some questions occur to me:
1. How does terrorizing our community for the three days of the air show enhance the quality of our life in Hillsboro?
2. How do we teach our children to conserve precious natural resources while sponsoring an event that consumes thousand of gallons of fuel for no valid reason?
3. How can I justify paying over $6,000 a year in taxes to local governments that has so little regard for my safety and wellbeing as to encourage the Hillsboro Air Show?
4. With no regard for our veterans suffering from PTSD, the purveyors of this event delight in making the most violent noises in our usually peaceful neighborhoods.
5. With no regard for the need for quiet in local hospitals, the aerial assault goes on unabated.
6. We are a generous community willing to provide what's needed to strengthen our community. Justifying this irresponsible air show as a "fundraiser" is ridiculous. We can raise money without the air show boondoggle. Tell us what is needed and how we can restore quiet to our streets by donating money. We'll donate to end the air show.
7. If future air shows will persist terrorizing the city I love, can the local governments at least locate the source of anti-aircraft weapons we can rent to defend ourselves against the flyovers at the next Hillsboro Air Show?
Cowering in my home, I remain sincerely yours,
Scott Lindstrom, Hillsboro
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