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Politics or Promises?

By Amy M. Voltero

Aah politics, oh how do I love thee? I don’t claim to be an expert one bit. I couldn’t tell you who was in office before Governor Deval Patrick, or who was Mayor before Menino. Wait hasn’t Menino been mayor since I was born??? I don’t read much of the newspaper or watch the news often, due to the involuntary consumption of Sesame Street, Barney and the Wiggles, but I feel as through, I know enough to make an accurate judgment. All these FABULOUS men and women declared our nation’s politicians have two things in common:

1.  They BS their way during campaigning: Promise beneficial changes to gain prospective votes. Once elected, AMAZING, they do the exact opposite of what they were originally standing for. SHOCKING!!!!

2. All share the same million dollar smile!!! I can’t count the number of pictures I’ve seen of local politicians, where it looks like someone has pinched them ever so painfully in the buttocks. It’s like the only thing that changes in a given photo, is the scenery, and clothing of course. Hysterical!

I understand that SOMEBODY has to run our cities and State, on the contrary, wouldn’t it just be easier to pick the candidate who shares the same origin surname? I mean really. My grandmother told her children to, “Vote for the guy with the Italian last name.” That’s exactly what I did.

Yes, I am the jerk who is registered to vote all these years, who sometimes doesn’t bother to waste valuable time, standing in line with the rest of my neighbors, to cast a vote for someone whose main priority is climbing the political ladder by false pretenses and cutting corners.  I think I’ll pass. I would rather get hate mail for the rest of my life from people telling me I’m not an American, and that I should be ashamed of myself for thinking so. Blah Blah Blah.

I do however hold the deepest respect for those men and women who serve our country overseas, and in the states, every day. Those are real heroes. True they are under direction of our nation’s President, but don’t think for one moment I would even invite him over for Sunday dinner. I have the utmost respect for police officers, firefighters, pilots, EMT’s and the citizens of our nation. People who put their lives at risk, or save the lives of others. Take 911 for example, the fallen men and women, died to save the rest of us, and our country. Heroes!!

I know, I know, how could a person like myself hold the views that I have? As a recovered substance abuser, I told people what they wanted to hear. I said I was sorry; not knowing sorry was an action word. I made promises I never intended to keep.  Now that I have become educated on my addiction, I am now able to put the shoe on the other foot. I was able to see that my broken promises were part of my self- seeking behavior, and that’s not okay. The same should go for our politicians. How can you sleep at night, knowing you have no intention of keeping promises? I believe that actions speak louder than words. Until then, sweet dreams!


Diane Patrick Makes “Strides Against Stigma”

By Ali Fornash

This past weekend, I was invited by Families for Depression Awareness to attend their fundraiser to fuel awareness about depression and other mood disorders. FFDA works relentlessly to educate people about depression: what it is, how it is treated and how to support those around you suffering from this illness. They work tirelessly to try to remove the stigma attached to this diagnosis. As a person who is has publicly written about my past issues with depression and the disordered eating that goes hand in hand with that for me, I was honored to be invited to cover the event and to serve at the organization’s Social Media Ambassador surrounding this event.

The highlight of the Strides against Stigma event was meeting Diane Patrick, Esq., First Lady of Massachusetts. Mrs. Patrick received the organization’s first-ever Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award. This award was established to honor an individual who has gone to extraordinary efforts to heighten public awareness of depressive disorders, empower families in need to seek treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.  Julie Totten, the organization’s President and Founder, stated “By sharing her story, Mrs. Patrick has inspired many to recognize the symptoms of depression within themselves and seek help. We are honored by Mrs. Patrick’s acceptance of FFDA’s award and participation in Strides Against Stigma.”

When accepting this award Mrs. Patrick made a brief but inspiring speech about her battle with depression and being forced to address it publicly. In addition to being the First Lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick is also a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP and she actively serves the community by supporting issues including domestic violence prevention, education, and the arts. She began the speech talking about how it is interesting to be recognized for something that you didn’t work hard for or didn’t actually want to publicly speak about. When she is recognized for her work as a lawyer or as a community advocate it feels good because she has worked hard in her practice and her advocacy. But, to be recognized as a leader in removing the stigma associated with mental illness is a strange feeling. She never intended to share her battle with depression with the world, until she had no other choice… ……READ MORE&#8220