Pat Sprute 
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Re: “Tragedy of John Wayne

spokoresident,

"stealing the right of way"? It's public land. Landowners have the same rights as you and me. Or maybe you meant that they should have motorized right of way, for farm equipment and vehicles? Fine, you should have said that, and it’s a valid point, if that is what you meant, and a good topic for public discussion. My belief is that we can surely figure out a way to share this vast resource among the many stakeholders that find value in it.

"useless trail to nowhere"? I couldn't disagree more. A public access corridor that runs across the majority of our great state and offers the opportunity for anyone to take their kids out and experience the spectacular geography and climate zones, or the history of the railroad, and develop a deeper appreciation for our rural neighbors and their contribution to our state economy and the challenges that they face, has TREMENDOUS value. And by "nowhere" do you mean to imply that our rural communities aren't worth visiting and experiencing?

"the millions we wasted on this project"? We haven't. It's unimproved. It hasn't even been a 'project'. So far, we've just spent moderate funds on maintenance and management. Which is basically all it would take to keep it intact and address the landowner issues, some of which are real and legitimate. There is no immediate imperative for spending "millions" on its improvement and development.

"I can attest to the fact that one or two people a year travel on it"? FALSE. PERIOD. I have met Charle Greenwood and have ridden with the Spoakane Bicycle Club. You are basically calling him a liar, which he is not. I have been out on the trail this year at the Rock Lake section with a group of twelve. Through my blog, I am contacted by various people throughout the year with questions about the route, who then keep in touch during and after their trips. The latest of these were a pair of cyclists who traveled the entire route from west to east in five days and wrapped up their trip just this past week. The trail is being used and the attention that the trail is receiving because of this whole flap will serve to increase public interest and usage. So your statement here is absolutely absurd.

"It is a miserable ride on any form of bike and a lousy walk in any form of shoe"? You must not be going to the right sections. Please feel free to contact me for some advice prior to your next outing. A couple of shining examples of trail sections that are passable with any form of bike or shoe are the sections along Rock Lake and the trestles and cuts in and around Rosalia. If you do visit either of these sections, you may want to stop in Rosalia and patronize one of their establishments; I make it a point to do so every time I am out using the trail in that area and I am always glad I did, because of the opportunity to interact with residents surrounding the trail. It has been a positive experience every time, bar none, and my normal takeaway is that I have experienced a privilege.

"no parking areas"? Huh? There's a great trailhead at the north end of Rock Lake, to name just one. I'll bet that no one in Rosalia or Lind or Tekoa or Othello or Warden or any of the other towns along the route would have any problem with you parking there while you go check out the sections of trail that run through their area. I kind of know this because I have parked in every one of those towns while I rode the trail. Once again, if you are having trouble finding access to the trail, please contact me and I will gladly assist you.

Another tiresome, online rant from an anonymous, vitriolic "account holder" who doesn’t have his/her facts even close to straight. Enough already.

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Posted by Pat Sprute on 10/29/2015 at 10:11 PM

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