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EDITOR'S NOTE: The link below is an example from Olympia, Wash., of a heartening trend -- good local coverage of autism including a balanced discussion of parents' concerns about vaccines. By and large, as many of you know first-hand, local media do a much better job than the national media. I believe that's because they know the people they write about and their role in the community and are respectful of their first-hand experience, whereas national media know the "experts" and are convinced by their data and their dogma.
This story features the Fultons and their recovering son, Grant, who I wrote about as part of my Pox series. I'm speaking at a conference there on Friday. As a sidebar to the article puts it: "Vaccines and autism: Three speakers will address the topic of vaccines and their link to autism. Speakers include a geneticist and the former editor for United Press International, who has researched autism since 2004 and authored the series The Age of Autism, which included interviews with Olympia families who link their children's regression into autism to vaccines." The paper promoted me from former senior editor to former editor, but I'm not complaining -- Dan Olmsted.