Amish farmer gets 90-day jail term fo...

Amish farmer gets 90-day jail term for contempt of court in out...

There are 23 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 18, 2009, titled Amish farmer gets 90-day jail term for contempt of court in out.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A western Pennsylvania Amish farmer was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail after refusing to bring a pair of outhouses into compliance with state sewage laws.

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Just Me

Allentown, PA

#1 Mar 18, 2009
If the Amish are right - you know where these people are going and not for 90 Days - Satan awaits.
Tim

Perkiomenville, PA

#2 Mar 18, 2009
Somethings just wrong about putting an amish man in jail for not being compliant with our current environmental regulations. No one had a problem with how they handled sewage for the past 300 years and suddenly today we say he's braking the law.
Mr Rogers

Slatington, PA

#3 Mar 18, 2009
Amish are no different than anyone else, dont fix the SH-!-TT-E-R-$, then sit in jail, hide behind this religius thing no taxes immune from this and that, OBAMA FIX THIS TOO, they make good money from having farms as well, my neighbor has to pays taxes on his dairy farm, problem is he Lutheren, Time to tax these people and bring them in line with 2009!!!
Berks_Iraq_Vet

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Mar 18, 2009
Stop the insanity. Leave the Amish alone.
me too

Whitehall, PA

#5 Mar 18, 2009
Tim wrote:
Somethings just wrong about putting an amish man in jail for not being compliant with our current environmental regulations. No one had a problem with how they handled sewage for the past 300 years and suddenly today we say he's braking the law.
Who said we didn't have problems for the past 300 years? YES, we DO have sewage problems and the more people populate the earth the worse the problems will be without proper sewage disposal. Haven't you ever seen pictures of the filthy sewage overrun streets in developing countries? Don't you realize that would happen here if that is what we allowed to happen? Use your head a little before making ridiculous statements.
amanda

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Mar 18, 2009
I usually stick up for the Amish, because I respect them for living the life that they do since it doesn't harm anyone else. But when it comes to sewage, I have to draw the line. I agree that he, even though he is Amish, should be held liable for this. The sewage can effect others so he should have to fix it just like any other person would have to.
BIB

Allentown, PA

#7 Mar 18, 2009
Please tell me that this is a joke and my tax dollars are not going toward this foolishness. What next? fining people who have an antenna on their house and don't have cable.
Me also

Lititz, PA

#8 Mar 18, 2009
America got SERIOUS problems if a man is going to jail for stuff like this.
Conservative Cynic

Albertville, AL

#9 Mar 18, 2009
This situation presents a public health problem. No one can argue with that. These people get away with all kind of things provided by the money and sacrifice of others (roads, other people's telephones & cars, FREEDON OF RELIGION, companies that supply their canning jars, seeds, books, etc.). They HAVE to comply with at least some of our 21st century ways. They're not immune from all laws. And it really irks me that they don't pay taxes. They're shameless animal abusers and they personally breed like flies. They're a sham and use their religion to get away with more than anyone else could
Say What

Slatington, PA

#10 Mar 19, 2009
this is wacked. Farmer taking sewage putting it in his field...unheard of....we in the civilized work put in expensive hoolding tanks (not buckets) then we hore sewage trucks too come and pumps it up at about $200. a truck load, he then pays a a loocal land owner to pump it into his fields for fertilizer.. sh-- isnt the only thing to trickle down, money does also.
Anonymous

Lansdale, PA

#11 Mar 19, 2009
The point is that the waste was UNTREATED. Yes, waste is eventually pread back onto fields as a quite effective method of fertilizing. However... that waste is treated, separated, fermented, and dried first. The fermentation process creates an environment that destroys most bacteria, leaving only specific, no harmful strains behind, ones already present in the soil. Untreated human waste is a dangerous situation, allowing e.coli and salmonella to come into contact with who knows what. E.coli is always present in the intestinal tracts of animals AND humans and causes sickness when the body becomes overloaded, such as ingesting more and throwing the balance off. For the health of the Amish and everyone who loves around there, he should have complied. Being a religious man, he should have cared for all the people by keeping the untreated waste proberly. He chose his fate.
Mike America

Larimer, PA

#12 Mar 19, 2009
Hello, Yes this case about the Outhouse , What happened to the "grandfather" law on OUTHOUSES???? did they sweep it under the rug like all the other treaties our goverment, made with the Indians. now lets inprision the AMISH, and other GOD fearing LOYAL TAX PAYING "AMERICANS" Then all this GREAT country of OURS will have , is THIVES, CROOKED POLITICANS,, AND SO CALLED SUPER HERO PRESIDENTS. YEA, and GOD BLESS AMERICA again ,cause were going to need it MIKE AMERICA aka. USA.
Mike America

Larimer, PA

#13 Mar 19, 2009
COME--------ON AMERICA, OURentire country is going down to the pits of the outhouse, and were making such a big deal about this poor AMISH man's OUTHOUSE and on the same note A.I.G. is robbing the AMERICAN tax payers,an keeps getting more and more MONEY, from SUPER PRES. AND THIS POOR, amish MAN DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A POT TO pissssssssss in, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, ha ha!!!!!!!!!! MIKE AMERICA aka USA.
Mike America

Larimer, PA

#14 Mar 19, 2009
NOW COME on lets get real, all the goverment wants is more and more money from its people, so we wind up with nothing, and all become SLAVES To the goverment. GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN. MIKE AMERICA aka USA.
Mike America

Larimer, PA

#15 Mar 19, 2009
what About all the cows and other live stock , they out number humans by 50 to one. shood we make them all dispose of there waste in sewage pressing plants, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT?????????? mike america aka. USA.
Savannah

Mcallen, TX

#16 Mar 19, 2009
Mr Rogers wrote:
Amish are no different than anyone else, dont fix the SH-!-TT-E-R-$, then sit in jail, hide behind this religius thing no taxes immune from this and that, OBAMA FIX THIS TOO, they make good money from having farms as well, my neighbor has to pays taxes on his dairy farm, problem is he Lutheren, Time to tax these people and bring them in line with 2009!!!
Tell me why this always has to end up in some political argument with Obama being held up as a human shield ? What the #@%^&* does that have to do with the topic ? Trolling for another knock down drag out political bash. Too bad you can't stick to the subject matter.
Next Contestant

Albrightsville, PA

#17 Mar 19, 2009
Sounds like someone is trying to get rid of the Amish so they can muscle in and take the land for some development or another strip mall.

When the gvt tells you how and where to excrete bodily waste IN THE COUNTRY ON A FARM IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, something is up and they have way, way too much power.

Just wait until they come after YOU for some bs reasons and bleed you dry of all your resources then toss you in the clink...it could not be that far off if they are going after the Amish outhouses.

Think about it.
Tina

Curwensville, PA

#18 Apr 4, 2009
No one is trying to "muscle in and take the land for some development.

Since I live out here in the "middle of nowhere" I think I have a right to comment on this.

Even out here in a rural area the Amish do live near enough to other people to pose a problem with the sewage. We all have to live in a way not to threaten other peoples health. They do not have a right to risk other peoples' health.

Though I respect the Amish, they do cause problems with their buggies on the road (very slow moving, don't very slow cars pose a problem and the buggies are even worse) They use the roads that we pay taxes for, and don't clean up the horse poop. The slow buggies cause accidents sometimes too.

Things are not the way they were years ago. Even in a rural area there are more people. We all have to live in this world together. Safety and sanitary conditions have to be.
Tina

Curwensville, PA

#19 Apr 4, 2009
I don't know why it shows me from Denver, CO I am not. I am from PA.
Tina from w PA

Curwensville, PA

#20 Apr 4, 2009
I don't know why I am posted from Denver I am not.

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