Mitchell Creek resident takes it one day at a time |

Mitchell Creek resident takes it one day at a time

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letters, interviews and statements made by Kristie Chapin. I agree this has been a stressful time for all of us who live in the Mitchell Creek area. I understand the lack of tranquility that one should not have to feel in their own home. I, too, have lost some sleep. I now know more about the weather than I ever thought I would care to know. I have become a very diligent observer. I try to take one day at a time.

However, many of us in the area are weary of the way Ms. Chapin tends to speak out on behalf of her neighbors. She is reflecting her own views and not those of myself and many others. Just because some people did not attend the community meeting, read the full Baer report, etc., does not mean they are not informed or educated or ignorant. People make choices in how they cope.

I did attend the community meeting, but by choice I did not read the Baer report. To me it reflects the “worst case scenario.” The meeting was very enlightening of what the mud flow potential is. My question at that gathering was, “What can we do to help the authorities help us?”

I am so thankful that I live in a country, a county, a city where our elected officials and those in positions of authority take the time and effort to try and protect not only its citizens but their property as well. These are not perfect people, but they strive to make the best decisions they can in light of the unpredictability of the weather and the elements.

Also, I do not feel that the rest of Glenwood Springs has “forgotten” us. Everyday I encounter co-workers, friends and acquaintances that continue to be concerned. When the time comes our support teams will be there.

I and many of my neighbors are trying to take this situation one day at a time and to make the best of it. Yes, we are concerned about what might and could happen but there are no guarantees in life. Pastors, physicians, counselors, etc., tell us that most of what people obsess and worry about does not happen to the degree they think it will.

I also believe that my faith in God is helping and will continue to sustain me.

Ginger Shroll

Glenwood Springs

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