We are under the illusion we are free, Saturday I was listening the story of a Lake Milton Winery that went to court 3 times just to stay in business. They lost in Mahoning county court, lost in appeals and won in the Supreme court of Ohio.
It's not so important to review the facts, which are fairly simple, but suffice to say they wanted to open a winery under the statute of agricultural zoning which was spelled out in the Milton Township zoning laws. During the law suit the winery could not operate, and legal fees kept mounting. Amazingly they prevailed and Myrddin Winery is still in operation.
As I looked around the Columbiana wine fest Saturday I saw people with clip boards checking sanitation and passing or failing businesses on their temporary operation. It got me to thinking that we inhibit business at our own peril. While I am a strong supporter of following common sense rules of safety and sanitation, ask anyone in business, the scrutiny is sometimes silly and we kill business daily because people give up.
In California a town is actually considering making it illegal to smoke in your own backyard. Now I am one that hates cigarette smoke, but in your own backyard? Hey have the guts to ban the weed rather than death by a thousand cuts.
In Louisiana a church was told to stop giving out water because it did not have a permit, in many states you can not collect rain water even for your own use. In DC you can not give a tour of the monuments without a license, tell that to your kids when you are showing them around. In Hazelwood Missouri it is illegal for little girls to sell girl scout cookies in the front yards of their homes, and my favorite, in San Juan Capistrano, California it is illegal to hold a home Bible Study without a conditional use permit.
I say it all the time, say no to the growth of government, it is now self evident. Join me weekdays at 9 on 570 WKBN and here a replay of my show on 570WKBN.COM