A good idea that lacked wisdom
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Anniston and surrounding communities have all jumped onto the bicycle trail wagon. At first, one’s initial thought would be this is a nice thing, just as we were all excited about the Talladega race track when it was built. However, imagine all the landowners who used to have a railroad track passing through their property but now have a 10-foot strip of land, the Chief Ladiga Trail, that’s open to the public.

I have a friend who has worked for years to pay for the land he farms in the Piedmont area, where he raises pigs and cattle and harvests his hay and corn. He has several large dogs as pets, and the dogs help keep coyotes from killing his pigs, along with providing some security for him and his wife. The bicycle trail through his property is changing his world, and not for the better.

He can no longer go hunting on his own property for fear of accidentally shooting some bicyclist, and he has already received a notice that he is being sued because some biker claims his dog caused him to have an accident. He built a small cabin in the woods for his family to watch the wildlife and enjoy the view of the forest. Now they see bicyclists stopping and walking into his woods to relieve themselves.

The 10 percent sales tax charged in Calhoun County imposes a huge burden on every purchase we make. So what are they spending the tax money on? Recruiting more industry for jobs? Repairing our roads and bridges? I know of dozens of things that could be done that would help the whole community, but spending millions of dollars on bicycle trails to violate other people’s privacy would not be on my list.

This was a good idea that lacked one thing — wisdom.

Ed Mckinney
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