Letter: ‘We’ are the heart of community | PostIndependent.com

Letter: ‘We’ are the heart of community

From new bridges to the bumps in the road, from the corporate banks to the local boutiques, from the Californians to the born and raised, we are Garfield County. 

Whether you’re in Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood, Aspen, Eagle, Gypsum or Carbondale, we are community. This valley is the biggest town with the smallest of worlds. 

The Roaring Fork Valley is a tight-knit family, yet has a local Facebook selling group of over 30,900 members. 

With everything on social media these days, I question my home town, I question the community that raised me. I do believe that Glenwood could truly be a real home town that we can all be proud of again, but watching it from a distance makes me wonder if we are going in the right direction. 

I’ve never seen a community quite like the one we had during the Lake Christine Fire, so put aside your politics, your beliefs and your arguments. We are the heart of the community. 

Quit complaining about the valley, stop following the lead of big cities, government and news, because in order to rehabilitate the valley we must start with us, the people. 

If we focus on us instead of making the valley toxic with the rest of the world, we can make our world better.

Shelby Stephens

Glenwood Springs

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