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A wake-up call

Dear Editor:

I lost a friend the other day … and his problems and more importantly, his solution he was dealing with, struck me very hard. Besides losing a friend and fellow Harley rider and a client, he was struggling hard in a world that viewed him as doing OK. We couldn’t see his pain and desperation that many of us are dealing with. Through illness we hide, and through hiding, we die.

Come on, people. I have lost many friends, and none from old age … and that hurts. Aspen doesn’t feel like a place of love anymore.

Selflessness has been replaced with selfishness and greed. And most will not be affected by Bil’s choice to call it quits. I am. I have family problems, I have closed a business of 17 years, owe money … and I feel how terribly hard it is living in these times. Thanks to a strong network of friends today, suicide is not an option for me.

Take care of one another. Go out of your way to help someone, even if you think it won’t matter. It really hurts losing friends!

Fred Rice


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