To The Daily Sun,
After reading two letters opposing the WOW Trail in last week's Letters to the Editor, I am writing to show my support for the trail and address several of the issues brought forth from the opponents of the trail. As property owners, there are never any guarantees of what neighboring land owners will choose to do with their property. The rail trail proposed for use as the WOW Trail is state owned, not private. These landowners knew this when they purchased the property, after all — they must have noticed a railroad track abutting their yards. In fact, these residents have been crossing the state-owned land for years, using it for personal use to gain access to the water.
Ms. Evelyn Firth wrote about concern for the "quiet enjoyment" of the home being disrupted. I found this humorous considering these landowners purchased land next to a railroad track. How could the footsteps of a walker or the wheels of a bicycle be more disruptive than a train running through your backyard carrying dozens of passengers?
Another concern mentioned by opponents was the "type" of people who would be using the trail. As a user of the trail, myself, I would invite them to try the WOW Trail and see for themselves. If they did use the the WOW Trail they would see it is used by families, children, bikers, runners and walkers. We really aren't such a scary bunch! As a parent of two children, it is not easy to find a safe place to take my children biking, where I don't have to worry about oncoming and passing cars, or distracted drivers. I also look forward to the day I can cross-country ski on the WOW Trail instead of the rail tracks, as I already do, where snowmobiles come up from behind.
The WOW Trail is and will be a wonderful asset to Laconia and any other town it connects to. The people who use the trail are the type of people you want to have visit and live in your town.
- Written by Edward Engler
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