By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dozens voice opinions as county considers future of Yamhelas Trail

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Amity fan

There is so much "he said, she said" and hyperbole around this. Why not put it on the ballot and let the citizens decide?


This trail will just become a huge homeless camp/


That is a specious argument. It defies basic logic.
The things homeless people crave most are food, shelter, services and income, the latter primarily from panhandling and can collection.
And where can those four things almost exclusively be found? Heavily populated urban areas. And being almost entirely dependent on foot power to get around, they don't stray far from such places.

Cities feature food pantries, soup kitchens, parks, homeless camps and shelters, free medical and dental clinics, hospital emergency rooms, churches and nonprofit helping agencies, roadside cans and bottles, can and bottle redemption centers, and major intersections galore. Remote rural trails feature none of those elements, and, in fact, take one so far off the beaten track as to virtually eliminate access.
That's an argument that really has no merit.

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