Monday Messages: COVID, Mental Health, Youth Recovery, CD3 Debates, Politics

It’s time to take COVID-19 seriously again

People only become satisfied with COVID-19 when they should be taken seriously again. The current strain of COVID-19, BA5, is by far the most contagious and is ripping through the population regardless of previous COVID-19 infections or vaccinations. There are multiple reports of people contracting COVID-19 more than once (including BA5 itself).

While BA5 is thought to be less severe than previous strains, especially if you have been vaccinated, there is still a very high risk of developing COVID-19 in the long term, symptoms that last for months and can lead to diabetes, heart disease, brain fog, loss of sense of smell or taste, and dysphoria. Post-traumatic stress disorder and neuropathy, among others.

The best estimates of the long-term rate of COVID-19 are around 25% (1 out of 4). What many people fail to realize is that the more often you get infected, the greater your risk of contracting COVID-19 in the long run. Getting COVID-19 twice means the risk of long-distance exposure rises to about 44%. You get COVID-19 three times and the risk goes up to about 58%.



Current estimates of the availability of an effective vaccine against BA5 are at the end of October at the earliest.

So it’s time to take risks seriously again. You need to isolate yourself if you are sick and quarantine for at least five days if you have been exposed to someone who is sick. You can have COVID-19 but not have symptoms, so even though you feel better after encountering someone with COVID-19, you can actually spread the disease.



And if you are sick, please notify the people who have been around for five days prior to your illness. Finally, please practice social distancing and use masks when indoors.

The people you save from the dire consequences of COVID-19 may be you and you.

Jerome DaytonCarbondel

Include resource information

I understand from reading the local/regional news, that we have an addiction problem in Roaring Fork Valley. So, I appreciate Henry Maxwell’s column on Wednesday, July 27. However, how can people with addiction issues contact Henry Maxwell or another locally available resource for help?

If I am an individual who needs help due to my addiction, I may not be able to easily find someone i.e. the ability to use Google search, call 911, use the phone, etc.

So, please, in the future, include contact information for the resource. “Btw, I know I’m not alone,” said the addict.

Susan StewartGlenwood Springs,

Destroying Dem . Policies

I think it was Larry Kudrow who said recently on FOX, that a country needs three things to thrive: food, water, and energy. America has an abundance of all three.

We have the purest air and water of any industrialized country. Our Midwest is the breadbasket of the world. And we have enough oil, gas and coal for us for more than 200 years.

Unfortunately, our energy sector has been hampered by Joe Biden. From day one, Biden reversed every Trump policy that made us energy independent and gave us the best economy in 50 years, before COVID-19.

The United States uses the same amount of energy, whether it is domestic or imported. Importing oil puts money in Russia’s treasury when we can produce more energy and put more money in our pockets.

Imported energy is much dirtier than what we produce. Joe cuts our economic stranglehold while Virtue points out that the green environment causes more pollution.

Joe and the Democrats can point fingers and find new excuses every day. But neither the Democrats nor their liberal media dogs can hide the pain all Americans feel in their wallets. Americans will vote with their wallets in November.

Joe’s problem isn’t messaging. Joe’s crazy far-left politics are drowning out his ratings. Own it, Democrats – you replaced the damn tweets with a puppet.

Bruno KirschnowitzGun

baffle closure yrc

Reading about the closure of the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital is heartbreaking. Although we live in such a beautiful place, this valley is no stranger to devastating drug use and mental health problems.

I find that the reason for not receiving adequate compensation from Medicaid patients is conditional. I am well aware that businesses need money to run. As a Valley resident almost my whole life, I’ve been a Valley View patient. Yes, it’s nice for a hospital to look like a 5-star ski resort, but at what cost? I think closing this program instead of vigilantly working to keep it open will only hurt our young people who need help.

There is an acute shortage of services for substance abuse and adult mental health in the area, and canceling such an amazing program for our young people will only hurt them. I know I’m not educated in hospital work, but I really encourage the hospital board to reconsider this procedure.

With our nation facing such overdoses and depression, it is more time for our youth to have this program available to them than ever before. They deserve better from us regardless of their insurance policy and ability to pay.

Catelyn PalmGun

Afraid of debate?

Why would you vote for a candidate who agrees to only one debate? Boebert refuses to commit to many of the discussions and won’t say why.

Shouldn’t we, as voters, have multiple chances to see where a candidate stands on multiple issues? With so many issues facing District 3, wouldn’t more information be better?

Aidan WinAspen

freedom of expression

“Congress shall not make any law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting its free practice; or restricting the freedom of speech or the freedom of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peacefully, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”

All too often, people on the left wing of the spectrum try to silence those who are not on the far left, or “wake up” like them. Oftentimes, people on the right wing of the spectrum shudder at controversy because they don’t want to be called names. At this point, we’re all stuck with a very small but very loud minority controlling the conversation, simply because the counterpoint won’t participate. It’s a brilliant plan for the left, if anyone else is OK, to allow the Marxist tactics of that very small minority to bully First Amendment rights.

Today, I woke up, and the voices of the radical left are screaming opposing viewpoints by calling anyone who disagrees with them a “racist,” “bigot,” “xenophobic,” “homophobic,” etc. And they tell you that you can’t say certain things, like even though they are the self-appointed speech police.

The more they say we can’t say something, the more urgent it is to say it. It has nothing to do with what they tell us we cannot say and everything related to our rights and freedoms to say.

Whether you’re on the right or left, or in the middle like most of us, you need to advocate for everyone’s right to speak up. How will these waking mobs have a chance to become aware of where they are in the real world if the rest of us don’t stand still and aren’t afraid of honest dialogue. We don’t have to agree, but we definitely need equal time.

When facts and truth stand in the face of sentiment and propaganda, the tools of suppression and amplifiers for liberal Marxist talking points must deal with reality. It may be that they are merely repeating the propaganda that is fed to them. speak. Defend your First Amendment.

Pedro NavagaGlenwood Springs,

false panic

There are two ways to control the population, which is to buy players to instill fear or extort hackers. Nothing new. Togo, Hitler and Mussolini were masters. Ironically, Roosevelt’s greatest mission in World War II was to outsmart local enemies.

In today’s world, exaggerated COVID-19 mask mandates and fossil-fuel-guzzling cars reign supreme. Cloth masks don’t filter out viruses, and the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide is heating and air conditioning, not cars… Forest fires, anyone?

Geothermal energy and hot water on demand can reduce the use of fossil fuels. Guess what is the real reason for the push towards all-electric cars. What happened to camels that recharge their batteries? This will strain power grids and supply lines.

Don’t buy fake panic. It is the competition between elites to divide us, which is what makes them rich and powerful and that makes us dependent on them and an overly tense and weak power grid. Where will the elites be when something goes wrong?

Fear and intimidation from the work of ideologues, something Roosevelt knows, and “overpowered” by the Americans before him. We can also defeat these common sense brutes and move to a sustainable future.

Fred StewartGrand Junction


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