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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Rails to trails: Good use of a corridor is subjective

As noted in Danny Westneat’s Sunday column, the government contends “landowners have always had trains running through their yards, so if anything, a trail is a more benign use” [“Was public railroaded in trail deal?” Local News, June 7].

Actually, this ignores how many owners feel about a public-access trail through their yards. With real estate, perceptions matter, and some perceive risks of trespass from trail users; risks that don’t exist with a train easement.

A more “benign use” is in the eyes of the beholder. It is no wonder the government keeps losing in court.

Reuel Robertson, Woodinville

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