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A compliment and a critique

I write to compliment and critique. I am proud to be part of a local community that knows how to respond with such warmth, empathy and support during a crisis moment. Our community gathered so beautifully around the Walder family following my friend David Walder's tragic death last week.

From those first horrific hours in the medical center through David's intense and poignant memorial at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, I was touched by youth and adults enacting their love of the Walders by presence, action and generosity. For every meal, errand, call and check-in, I am so deeply grateful. You all are magnificent examples of why I live in and minister in this community.

As proud as I am of this community, I am equally disappointed our local newspaper could not display similar empathy. While I appreciate edits to insure accuracy in reporting, I remain utterly perplexed as to the compelling public need to publish an article outlining the accident on the very day of David's memorial service. This timing was callous, unnecessary and tone-deaf to a community filled with advertising clients of the Daily. Why not wait even 24 hours?

Better yet, why not also include many wonderful details regarding David's amazing life, easily available if anyone from the Daily had simply attended David's memorial, which did not happen. For this reason, our congregation will take several weeks away from our weekly worship advertising, as apparently our only option as a 20-year Daily client to be heard is financial. The Daily could learn better from the community it purports to serve.

Rev. Brooks Keith

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Vote Kopf for Holy Cross board

The Holy Cross Energy board needs the skills and experience of Clemons Kopf. An electrical engineer with an impressive resume of practical experience and community involvement, he will add balance to the young and relatively idealistic members currently on the board.

Please read his profile in the Holy Cross "Consumer Connection" received with your ballot before voting.

Dave Mott

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This Friday is 'Don't Fry Day'

Editor's note: An annotated version of this letter can be found at http://www.vaildaily.com.

What follows Wednesday and Thursday? This, week, it's "Don't Fry Day" — an occasion to raise awareness for sun safety and encourage everyone to protect their skin.

An estimated 5.6 million Americans will confront skin cancer in 2017. Unfortunately, the "all natural" movement puts millions more at risk by advocating against common sunscreens.

In its sunscreen guide released this week, Environmental Working Group attacks oxybenzone, one of our most effective broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protectants, and vitamin A, an antioxidant that prevents the sun's aging effects. But dermatologists say it would take 200 years of regularly applying either of these ingredients before you'd ever see a health effect. Conversely, 15 minutes of fun in the sun can damage your skin.

Fear about sunscreen "nanoparticles" is also far-fetched. The tiny particles clump together, which prevents your body from absorbing them. Plus, when natural mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are small enough, they don't leave that annoying white residue on your skin. (Goodbye lifeguard nose!)

In reality, sunscreens face the same rigorous safety screenings as over-the-counter medications. So as you splash through summer, remember to lather up and trust the science of SPF to remain sunburn-free.

Dr. Joseph Perrone

Chief science officer, Center for Accountability in Science, Washington