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I am extremely saddened at the loss of the student in Rifle and my deepest and sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

However, do not believe for one minute that the flu vaccine is a panacea for the flu. Try to look up whether or not the flu vaccine works and you will find it practically impossible to find statistics proving it does. The reason for that is because it largely does not work. In 2009 the Centers for Disease Control admitted that of the viruses provided them, less than 2 percent were of the strain vaccinated against.

The plain and simple truth is that there are more than 1,000 flu viruses floating about annually. The CDC and World Health Organization narrow it down to two or three that are their best guess of what may work.

It has been proven that less than 2,500 people actually die of the flu. You have a greater chance of being killed in a car accident. There are no statistics that the CDC or WHO have ever been correct. That must tell even the most die-hard vaccine proponent something.

The big winners are the manufacturers of the flu vaccine, who make billions by fear mongering. I am so sorry to be brutally honest about this. Shouldn’t one speak the truth if it is known to him?

I am 57. I’ve been vaccinated against the flu twice in 57 years. Two years ago I got the shot. I had a severe reaction that sent me to the emergency room. I had severe sores all over my face and I contracted epididymis, in which the testicle inflames to the size of a grapefruit. Imagine how painful that was. My doctor traced it all to the flu shot. I will never get that crap-shoot vaccine again. I have sued the manufacturer, who has offered to settle. I want the truth to get out.

Again, my condolences to the family. I urge readers to do their own research. The flu vaccine is a farce and fear-mongering.

Randall James


As former Chief Marshal in Crested Butte from 1972 to 1974, I will be very interested in reading Hal Sundin’s new book, “Law and Disorder in Crested Butte.” Myles Arber certainly had a way of making the mundane interesting.

Kemp Coit


This letter is in response to Paula Scanlon’s letter of Oct. 23.

She stated that she is for oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area and is opposed to Sens. Bennet and Udall “trying to insert themselves in the BLM’S operational procedures.”

First of all, why should we give any credence to Ms. Scanlon’s letters, since she lives in Grand Junction? She won’t have to live with the impacts of drilling in the Thompson Divide. Does she have a vested interest in drilling there?

Secondly, our elected representatives are supposed to represent all of our views, not just hers. Listening to all of our views, rather than just the oil and gas industry views, is what they were elected to do. That is what is in the best interest of the public.

Thank you, Sens. Bennet and Udall, for keeping an open mind and listening to all sides of this most important issue.

Melissa Waters


Maybe the rest of the Garfield Re-2 School Board members should have listened to Lee Krauth last summer and closed the two non-essential grade schools. They would have saved the school district money and had less of a negative impact on the students and parents. Thank you voters and thank you, Lee Krauth.

Ron Roesener


I just read James Kellogg’s Nov. 1 column on Occupy Wall Street and felt it needed a response. First, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is not the progressive version of the Tea Party, nor do they “hate” wealthy people. In fact some of the wealthiest people have joined OWS, such as Michael Moore and Tom Hanks.

Mostly OWS would just like to level the playing field instead of having the top 1 percent dominating the marketplace by corruption, stealth and favoritism (greed). It has been useless taking this to Congress’ deaf ear and to an administration mired in unsuccessful bipartisanism.

Public spaces are places to be used by the public, of which OWS is a part of. And, at last that “awful” media finally recognized that there is something going on at Zuccotti Park and the world. A shift: out with the old paradigm, in with the new.

Some corporations are listening. Take Bank of America. It decided to drop the debit card fee idea. This is important, as numerous people only have debit cards now, since their bankruptcies. Foreclosures are getting a second look. These are small increments of change.

I have seen the Tea Party in action and it is not a group of little old ladies in hairnets. I saw Klan members, people toting Obama posters looking like a reverse Al Jolson, posters of Obama eating watermelons, swastikas and hangman images. Their protest was funded by the Koch Brothers, a right-wing conservative group, whereas OWS is funded by individual members and a smattering of donations.

OWS has worked out a system whereby all are heard and consensus is the established method of getting stuff done. Democracy is slower than oligarchies.

Gandhi said first they ignore (which the media did), then they mock (which Kellogg did), then they attack you (which happened last weekend), then we win. I can think of all the egalitarian movements that have been like this: the American Revolution, Gandhi’s walk to the sea, the fight against apartheid, the civil rights movement, women’s right to vote, as well as others. Many of these were called “communist” to discredit them.

Alice Gustafson

Glenwood Springs

As producers for Defiance Community Players’ upcoming fall production of “Hairspray,” along with the board members, Director Tom Cochran, Lorie Beattie Courier, Jennetta Meitler Howe and our cast and crew, we want to honor our local veterans to be our guests for the final dress rehearsal. Please arrive in time to be in your seat by 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Jeannie Miller Theatre in Glenwood Springs High School.

We feel very favored this year. Music Theater International, our licensing agent in New York, only licensed this show to three groups in the state of Colorado. We are the only community theater group. The other two are professional theatres on the Front Range.

The show runs Nov. 11,12, 13 and 18,19 and 20.

We have been working very hard to make this show spectacular and can’t wait to present it to our community. We promise you fabulous singing and dancing from the sounds of 1962.

Jacquie Meitler, Producer

Chip Winn Wells, Co-Producer

Glenwood Springs

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