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Railroad still an important asset

EDITOR:

Soon it will be voting time for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. We legal citizens have the right to vote and can vote for the person he feels is the best qualified to serve.

Even though I’m in my 80s, I have attended several of the BOS meetings and have formed my opinion on the way the supervisors handle the meetings. However, that is only my opinion. The one subject I have been interested in has been the railroad/bike trails subject.

I probably wouldn’t be so interested except that the bike people want to rip up the tracks in order to put down a bike trail in its place. They could easily put a trail down next to the track, but I guess they feel somehow they could get money from the tracks to put down their trail. (Incidentally, the trail would go down to Latrobe Road and then they would have to turn around and go back up the way they came. It leads to nowhere.) This historic railroad was the first railroad west of the Mississippi and it would be a shame to pull up this historic railroad.

Does this railroad function? You bet it does. They have a Christmas run, getting Toys for Tots as a donation for the ride. They have an Easter Egg Express with all kinds of things for kids who ride. They provide rides for groups such as autistic children. They have a big Rail Fest every year bringing folks from all over the area to our great area. Most of our rides are during the summer where rides are on many of the weekends. Every ride is completely full and people are waiting in line for the next train. Adults, as well as children, are enjoying the ride.

The reason I am writing this letter is to inform all of you who do not know of this controversy to get the facts before voting. Mr. Knight and Mr. Nutting are two of our supervisors who have voted consistently to remove the tracks. I wonder why.

Elinor Retallack
El Dorado Hills

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