The recovery of communal feeling |

The recovery of communal feeling

Dear Editor:Re: The Recovery of Communal Feeling, an interactive conference on local mental health issues on June 22 at the Jerome, sponsored by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.No Aspenite who has been through the recent Burlingame debacle should have any doubts about just how divided this world is in which we live. But above and beyond “rednecks” and “blue stockings,” and apart from all the extremists involved in burning down our world from both ends, there are some issues worth going to extremes for – like the plight of the mentally ill and the seriousness of our suicide and substance abuse problems in the Valley.Have you ever gotten a message on your answering machine that says: “If you’re there – pick up”? That’s the message a suicide like Hunter Thompson’s leaves for the community. If you care, you’ll be there 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome Ballroom, Wednesday, June 22, for our brainstorming marathon, sponsored by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, to address and support new solutions. This is not your ordinary recovery group. What we’re talking about here is nothing less than the recovery of communal feeling.Joel BrenceAspen

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