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Editorial: Artful gesture, another celebrity turned politician and the perils of social media

All joking about “Scary Lucy” aside, the generosity of sculptor David Poulin deserves notice. He is hanging up his bronze sculpting tools and in the process giving back to the community.

Poulin created what turned into a national and international sensation, but not in a good way. Poulin got ripped on social media over the statue of Lucille Ball he created for the comedian’s hometown of Celoron. It became known as “Scary Lucy” for its, well, unique visage. His other works include a Korean War memorial at Niagara University and an Underground Railroad piece in Jamestown, so he can be forgiven for one work not up to his usual standards.

He has donated some $15,000 worth of his foundry equipment to the Buffalo Maritime Center, where it will be used to cast parts for boats. His greatest contribution to art may well be his role in furthering the education of young people interested in industrial arts.

Joe Piscopo promises to break out his Frank Sinatra imitation and sing “My Way” if he wins the New Jersey gubernatorial race.

That’s right, folks, Ol’ Blue Eyes is running for office. Well, sort of. Famous during the 1980s for his “Saturday Night Live” depiction of the crooner, among others, the comedian-turned-candidate is taking his political act on the road. Except it isn’t an act; Piscopo wants to serve the public. Now 65, he is a radio show host focusing on conservative politics – he campaigned for President Trump.

So, you thought it was politics that was driving you mad? Well, that may have something to do with it, but according to the American Psychological Association, what’s really sending you around the bend is social media. If you’re what the APA quaintly calls a “constant checker” – that’s a polite way of saying obsessive – you may, in fact, be damaging your mental health.

And it’s hardly a surprise. When you know a friend’s facts are false – or desperately want to believe they are false – the urge to monitor and correct can be overwhelming.

According to the association’s research, 43 percent of Americans say they are checking emails, texts or social media constantly, and their stress levels are significantly higher than those of other Americans.

So, today’s advice is: Take a break. Don’t worry so much about what other people think. At least 57 percent of them aren’t worrying much about you.

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