T-N letter to the editor: Taking our land

Taking our land

To the editor: Don’t take our land. My husband and I bought property on Old Hendersonville Highway in Pisgah Forest 20 years ago. Included was a railroad on which a train would go by every few days but which has not been used for many years.

Friends of the Ecusta Trail is proposing to build a trail for public use across our land. It would entail the government taking a wide swath across the center of our property against our will.

The property on which we have paid taxes would be turned over to a group that does not pay taxes, and has no known means to manage, maintain or police the area that would literally cut our land in half.

When the railroad was built, the previous owners of our property gave the railroad a right of way for a railroad line. Now this group wants to take our land so people can bike, walk and “recreate” on our land without our permission and against our will.

This is a classic example of a government “takings” of a person’s property without consent. We strongly oppose this taking of our land and urge responsible Hendersonville County government and citizens to also oppose this.

Courtenay C. McDowell and Richard K. Gregory, Pisgah Forest

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