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Jim Primrose: Trail access doesn’t allow trespassing on private property

I feel that I need to respond to Roberta Whiting’s Other Voices column, which misrepresented my previous letter.

I never offered an opinion regarding trespassing and private property. I simply stated that the court has basically ruled that a long used trail cannot be blocked even if the trail passes through private property.

I strongly believe that individuals have no right to leave a trail to step onto private property without the permission of the property owner. I cannot begin to believe that one would allow the things mentioned in the Other Voices article to occur. Steps can be taken to protect one’s privacy. I would suggest that doors be locked. If people leave the trail and enter private property, I would approach the individuals and speak to them nicely, which I have done with homeless individuals on my property, and, if they are belligerent, I would seek police assistance.

The problems mentioned have nothing to do with trail use. If the trail is blocked, those who do not respect your property will still not respect your property. Trail users who respect your rights are actually extra eyes that will look out and help protect your rights.

Jim Primrose

Nevada City

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