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Marijuana today, dementia tomorrow

I AM reading the magazine, Vail Health (2015/2016 annual), specifically an article by Kimberly Nicoletti, “The Aging Brain.”

She interviews Vail psychologist Henry Goetze, PhD., who lists a number of causes of dementia and a number of ways to prevent or inhibit it. He suggests refraining from alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, especially when young.

“Young men and women should refrain from both alcohol and marijuana abuse. Both of these substances negatively effect the developing brain and interfere with memory.”

View from Central Park

UN foments the next conflict

Even in memory, in my mind, the tension is still palpable. Last summer I had planned a trip to Vail. As it turned out, the dates coincided with the rising tensions in Israel, with rockets raining down on Southern Israel, seemingly increasing by the hour. By the time I was driving up, the painful question on all of our minds was: Will Israel be forced to undertake a ground invasion? Would Hamas accept the ceasefire proposal on the table, or would Israel need to take action to defend herself? Thi...
Conservative Lens

America, not Dylann Roof, should be forgiven

In an expression of extraordinary magnanimity, relatives of the black church members murdered in Charleston, SC, arose one after the other to tell Dylann Roof, the murderer of their loved ones, that they forgive him. That I do not agree with what they did in no way diminishes my ability to be moved by their gesture. But I do not agree with it.
View From Denver

There was no ‘Woman in Gold’

68 years later . . . 36 years later . . . ISN’T IT amazing how something we all learned back when we were five years old can dress itself up in every manner of violation? I refer to the simple ethical dictum: Don’t steal. And if you did, return it. Simple, no? Not, it seems, for the country of Austria, whose citizens stole thousands of pieces of art from its Jewish citizens, then had the gall to regard them as “national treasures.”...

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Conservative Lens

‘Does it do good?’ vs. ‘Does it feel good?’

A fundamental difference between the left and right concerns how each assesses public policies. The right asks, “Does it do good?” The left asks a different question. One example is the minimum wage. In 1987, The New York Times editorialized against any minimum wage. “There’s a virtual consensus among economists,” wrote the Times, “that the minimum wage is an idea whose time has passed. Raising the minimum wage by a substantial amount would price working poor people out of the job ...
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WATCH: 2 videos of the violence in Israel

Gabe Friedman Some of the unrest that continued in Israel Friday was captured on video. ... [Link]

Connecticut day school has ‘soft lockdown’ after threatening call

Julie Wiener The school immediately called the police who arrived within 90 seconds and found nothing amiss. ... [Link]

Israeli security official: ‘Lone wolf’ terrorism, not Abbas, behind violence

Julie Wiener Meanwhile, leaders in Gaza are calling on West Bank Palestinians to escalate the violence. ... [Link]

Does Susan Rice think Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist?

Ron Kampeas Susan Rice does not believe Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist, Dennis Ross says, but she does not otherwise trust him. ... [Link]

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit Israel, talk anti-Semitism

Gabe Friedman De Blasio will leave Thursday, Oct. 15 for Jerusalem, where he will be the keynote speaker at a conference of international mayors. ... [Link]

Leading rabbi: Jewish visitors to Temple Mount ‘sparked’ current tensions

Julie Wiener Rabbi Shimon Ba’adani,a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages,said Thursday: “Do not provoke the nations, even if we are in control here, there is a halacha …” ... [Link]

Settler leader’s wife, children, hurt in stoning attack

Cnaan Liphshiz Assailants caused collision that lightly wounded Oriya Dagan and three of her children. ... [Link]

Texas flood victims receive $300k in scholarships

Cnaan Liphshiz Assistance with Jewish education freamworks was made possible thanks to two grants by the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations. ... [Link]

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