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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mr. Colson’s article regarding H1N1 vaccine presented information that could unnecessarily create fear and perhaps cause some people to avoid vaccination against influenza.

Very small amounts of the preservative thimerosal is used in some of the vaccine we will be receiving to keep multi-dose vials of vaccine free from germs. It is not used in the nasal mist vaccine or in single-dose vaccine syringes. Numerous studies conducted since 2004 indicate that thimerosal in vaccine does not create adverse health effects.

In 1976, an earlier type of swine flu vaccine was associated with cases of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Since then, flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS. Modern vaccines are manufactured using very different processes than were used during the 1970s. The process used to produce H1N1 vaccine has been used for many years to produce seasonal flu vaccine. Today’s vaccines are very safe. The potential risk of complications from having influenza are much greater than the potential risks from being vaccinated.

The best way to prevent influenza is vaccination. Vaccine will become available in greater amounts over the next several weeks. Widespread information will be provided as to vaccination priority and availability. Health care workers and first responders from emergency medical services, law enforcement and fire departments are the first priority group to receive the vaccine.

Influenza is in our community and will be throughout the winter. Until vaccine becomes available, the best thing we can do is practice prevention: Stay at home when you are sick; avoid close contact with other sick people; wash your hands often; cover your coughs; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and practice good health habits.

Garfield County Public Health is working in a very coordinated effort with local emergency planners, hospitals, health practitioners, school districts, and a variety of local community organizations to prevent influenza and to provide the best care for people with the illness. We are working hard to relieve fear and avoid panic by making sure all people receive the most accurate and timely information possible.

Jim Rada, public information officer

Garfield County Public Health

My family gets a significant portion of our electricity from the 20 solar panels mounted on our roof. Installing this system was not cheap and required a big up-front expense. Ballot initiative 1A – the Energy Smart campaign – removes barriers to installing systems like the one I own.

If you live in Pitkin or Eagle County you will receive your mail-in ballot shortly. Ballot question 1A on both ballots asks you to allow your county to sell bonds to fund residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable projects. Proceeds of these bond sales are loaned to the property owner to be repaid over time through property tax payments.

1A creates a program to offer low-interest, long-term, fixed-rate loans to property owners. The loans will remain with the property until repaid.

1A is not a tax and only impacts the property owners who opt to access loan funds.

1A is a direct investment in local green jobs for plumbers, builders, carpenters, clean energy installers and other technicians.

Vote yes on 1A!

Matt Hamilton


With all the uproar about the health care bill, people are missing one of the biggest and most dangerous attacks on small business that this country has ever seen. The Cap and Trade Bill, hereby known as “The Crap and Charade Bill,” is the culprit.

This bill is more than 1,300 pages long and contains portions that will control how many times you turn a light on at home or at your business and tax you for starting your car.

The National Federation of Independent Business estimates the cost of this bill will be $1.2 trillion to $2 trillion over the next eight years. An estimate of 1.8 million to 5.3 million jobs could be lost. Obama, in a speech made Jan. 17, 2008, said, “Under my plan for cap and trade electricity costs would necessarily skyrocket.” The average family could see their electric bill increase by $1,300 a year. If you are a small business owner you will be hit twice, once for your home then again for your business.

Under H.R. 2454: Unemployment will jump from 26 weeks to 156 weeks covered by the unemployment insurance business’s pay. $1,500 will be made available for relocation plus funds for retraining laid off employees. These added costs will drive business owners to close their doors, yet no money is allotted to them.

Between health care and Crap and Charade this administration is intent on breaking the backbone of small business nationwide. In a city such as Glenwood Springs this would drive a stake directly through its heart.

Unemployment is going to reach the 10 percent figure. If we allow this administration to continue with its agenda America may never recover. Can we afford three more years of the Obama administration? Even his fellow Democrats are backing away from his health care plan.

These two bills of mass destruction will simply end small business in this country and bury its citizens and their family in taxes for decades.

2010 will be the indicator of how Americans really feel about what’s going on in Washington.

Norm Shroll

Glenwood Springs

I am a Glenwood Springs native, and have accessed the beautiful surrounding land via hiking, biking, snowmobiling, ATVs, Jeeping, and every other mode of travel you could imagine. I feel somewhat betrayed by the Hidden Gems by leaving the public in the dark about their little wilderness proposal. They’re definitely doing a fine job of keeping everything “hidden.”

In this crazy yet beautiful life we live, there is usually a happy in-between, an agreement ground of a somewhat happy medium. However, this elitist proposal of more land grab has no balance what so ever. I’m sure more than the majority of adults have heard the saying, “Too much of anything is never a good thing.” One of my favorite quotes is by Catherine Pulsifer and it reads, “At times, it is difficult to keep a proper balance in this life. But, over time, an improper balance will lead to problems.”

Some of my fondest memories come from spending quality time with my family in the White River National Forest, and I would like to share that same experience with my children when the time comes. Something that really makes my stomach turn is thinking about a couple of people that I know whom are handicapped and love being in the outdoors. Only problem is, their only way of accessing the land is by motorized vehicle. So, are you going to tell them they cannot? I see no fairness in this whatsoever.

“Everywhere you go, kick a rock and smell a flower.” Something my grandfather used to say before he passed, his ashes now lay atop a mountain where he can only be accessed by OHV. Don’t take away the memories, the feelings and hearts that so many people have devoted to their public lands. It’s worked since I could remember. In my 23 years of existence I have seen no change in any of the trails we have taken before, only people with a passion for the public land. Be responsible, enjoy what we have, and keep the public lands open.

Kalee Fisher

New Castle

Hey, Dave Reed from Carbondale! Aren’t you the communications director of the Wilderness Workshop? Isn’t it your Hidden Gems proposal? I would think if you had favorable economic information about your proposal, you would be providing the public with it. If you or anyone else has interest in the amount of revenue and jobs created by multi-user groups in our national forests, you can start by checking out the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (Remember, these numbers do not include camper vehicles, hunters revenue, mountain bikers, senior citizens and the disabled). The numbers are staggering.

I live in Glenwood Springs and see daily ATVs, horse trailers and campers at our local hotels and restaurants. I’ve gone up and asked these good folks why they are here. They are here to recreate in our national forests. Before and after their trip into the forest, they are lodging in our towns, dining in our restaurants, soaking in our Hot Springs, experiencing our Fairy Caves, buying our gas, and doing a little shopping for their sweeties back home.

Didn’t our own Gov. Ritter say (April 27, 2009, press release) “Tourism is one of the pillars of Colorado’s economy?”

Take away the playground, Dave, and they won’t come to play.

Nancy Williams

Glenwood Springs

If there is one number you should remember this fall, it is 350. 350 parts per million-it’s the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to leading climate scientists. We’re at 390 and rising. If there is one date you should remember, it is Oct. 24 – the International Day of Climate Action, a global protest against inaction on climate change.

In the Roaring Fork Valley we’ve worked a lot on our local footprint – from plastic bags to buses to boilers. These are important measures, but you know what? Without concerted international cooperation on climate change, none of it matters. The scope of this issue requires an appropriately strong and global response to world leaders.

So when you ask at the end of “An Inconvenient Truth” or a climate talk, “What, besides changing light bulbs, can I do?” here’s the most important thing you can do: Show up on Oct. 24.

Aspen and “_____”dale will be joining more than 1,800 communities on six continents with actions at 3 p.m. in the Gondola Plaza, and 3:50 p.m. at the rec center, respectively. Tell your friends, foes, cousins, parents, siblings, co-workers, preachers, teachers, pen-pals, pets – anyone – about it. If they don’t live here and don’t have a local event planned, they can get one started; is a good place to get the facts and get to work. See you on the 24th!

Chris Hassig


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