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