“Yamhill County approves controversial trail” — Capital Press, April 5

The county commissioners are ignoring the opposition of those who live near the trail. The commissioners are saying signs and fences keep trespassers in tow, and the trail would be good for Yamhill County’s economy.

Many of us in rural communities hold this untrue when we shell out of pocket for cleanup and repair. Many of the homeless may be the trespassers, and when you are cold and hungry those deterrents don’t exist.

Makes you wonder how those officials would feel if they were suddenly out on the street. Do compassion and common sense still exist?

The upkeep of the trail would no doubt call for a tax. When you read we paid $2 million in taxes in the past three years and there are plans for $2 million more, you wonder what they are spent for.

One way to use those funds is to help those who are down on their luck. In times gone by, there were “poor farms” where they had shelter and space to sleep and ate food they grew.

Another point to consider is why there are sanctuary cities (and we are a sanctuary state) for illegal immigrants but our citizens are out in the cold.

The saying of old stated that “charity begins at home.”

So let’s forget the trail but help those in need.

Mrs. M.A. Novak

Yamhill, Ore.

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