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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I was reading an article about the “illegal immigration” Halloween costume debate, another one on the sheriff in Arizona rounding up law breakers by the dozen, and it just made me stop and think, why do I agree with them? I am a hippie/cowgirl chick who was raised to accept all mankind, by my very religious parents, in rural Colorado.

And as I pondered I just came to the fact that it’s just the illegal part. It’s because no matter who you are, if you’re not here legally you’re illegal, and that makes me mad.

As my family has researched my great-grandfather and great-grandmother’s voyage to America in the 1700s from Scotland, we have learned that they, too, were not welcome in America. Their language was broken Scots, they knew little English, were checked over at the port of entry for illness, dare they bring in some epidemic, their heads checked for lice, children often separated from parents, heard hatred and faced prejudices, but they endured, did what the government required, became educated, and a productive part of society.



The government must find a way to document these people, require certain standards, demand they learn the language, adapt to the social standards, which we the USA have deemed a requirement to live here, and let’s all get along together. We are a mixing pot, and that is what makes us unique and wonderful, but our forefathers had to follow the rules, and so do you.

I welcome one and all but only if you legally do what is required.



Lori Anderson Thompson

Silt

Thank you, Shawn and Chamaigne Wade, for taking the time to show kindness to Jake, whom you found tied outside the Rifle Animal Shelter. I’m so glad that there are kindhearted people out there that don’t consider dogs “just an animal.” Shame on the family that didn’t have the decency to bring the animal to the shelter during regular hours.

If you can no longer afford to keep your pet, please do the right thing and take it to a shelter. Don’t just dump it off thinking it will fend for itself or that someone else will take it. It just doesn’t happen that way.

Denise Van Hoorelbeke

Parachute

Having worked in virus research throughout my professional career, I feel compelled to respond to some of the misinformation expounded by Branden Cohen (Letters, Oct. 17) concerning the value of vaccinations against viral infections; his non-scientific references should be questioned.

Smallpox killed, crippled or disfigured nearly one-tenth of all humankind, and killed more than 300 million people in the 20th century alone. Following the introduction of the smallpox vaccine, smallpox virus has been eliminated from the world (except for some frozen laboratory samples).

Before the advent of the first poliovirus vaccine in the ’50s, greater than 3,000 deaths and 21,000 cases of paralytic polio were reported in one year in the U.S. Because of the introduction of polio vaccine, the virus has been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere. Measles (one of the world’s five major child killers) and its associated diseases are rapidly disappearing from the U.S. because of effective vaccines.

Influenza virus is a somewhat different story. Because of its rapid mutation rate, flu vaccines generally lag six months or more behind the currently circulating viral strain. Although this frequently results in vaccines that are not 100 percent effective, such vaccines still provide some immunity to the prevailing strain of virus. The current H1N1 virus appears to be targeting young, healthy individuals, but not older people (who were exposed to a related H1N1 virus in the 1940s and 50s, and have partial immunity against the current strain). Even though good nutrition can help bolster the immune system, a lack of antibodies against the 2009 H1N1 virus (particularly in young people) will allow even healthy people to become infected.

The rare incidences of harmful effects of vaccination are far outweighed by the decades of success we have had with vaccines for influenza and other viruses. Vaccination will most likely reduce the mortality and morbidity from the H1N1 virus. But, if you are a risk taker, skip the vaccine. Hopefully, you won’t be one of the thousands predicted to die from this novel strain of influenza virus this season.

Bob Millette

Glenwood Springs


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