Should clotheslines be banned?

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  1. Salty

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    Many local communities and homeowners be permitted to prohibit drying your clothes outside on a line?

    States, Commonwealths and Providences are considering passing laws to give homeowners/renters the RIGHT to dry clothes outside.

    The main reason is to prevent "carbon footprints.

    The question though is "does the majority rule"? This should especially be the case in a homeowners association. If the majority do not want junk cars and cloth lines, should the be forced by a higher lever of government to do so.

    Do you want the State making these decisions? (mind you this is NOT the federal govt.

    In essence, a person know the rules / laws before he moves in.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Our city is into all sorts of neighborhood issues including not taking care of stray animals, allowing a full city lot to be planted to a garden without regard to immediate neighbors input and lately considering allowing chickens.

    My mother used a clothesline in NE all her life - never had a dryer and did the wash in an old wringer Maytag. Making her do it, not right, but then making her not do it isn't right either.

    There is a case in the east of a woman wanting to use one and being told she can't.

    The governments are out of control with power and loving all that they do even though "majorities" don't want their intervention or don't care enough to get involved to say no.
     
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    The key issue is coming out: "Who gives you your rights?"

    Statists contend that rights are given to you by government. Once that line is crossed, all manner of stupid, intrusive, proctological, idiotic, and random legislation is put in place...with no regard for its impact, our will, or even the government's right to do so.

    Conservatives (such as those who formed our country) recognize that inalienable rights are given to us by our Creator, and that government simply chooses to recognize those rights.

    The result of the first view? You have way too many examples here...including the OP: that somehow, we have to get permission from mommy & daddy government to dry our own clothes.
     
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    This kind of a thing is a local issue. If a local municipality wants to guarantee the use of clithslines, or ban them, it's their purvue to do either.
     
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    I agree it is their right to do so...but I stand by my comments that they have crossed the line and see themselves as the issuer of rights...a position they cannot earn and do not deserve.
     
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    Mmmm... nothing like getting in bed when the wife has just changed the sheets, using fresh, line-dried linens... Mmmmm. :)
     
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    Depends on the clothesline.

    This one I would ban.

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    But this one is a keeper. :tongue3:

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    Clothlines .....

    1. Use no electricity.
    2. The sun dries them free of charge.
    3. The sun does not break and require a repairman.
    4. Clothes smell wonderful when dried in the sun.
    5. There is no need to buy those terrible smelling little sheets coated with chemicals that people throw in the drier. Smells up the whole neighborhood.
    6. I find it a good time to pray and praise God when hanging up clothes outside.

    Should the government have the right to take away my right to hanging clothes outside?
     
  9. Johnv

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    Legislation, even if it's a local ordinance either guarantees or restricts a right. It doesn't create rights.
     
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    From my cold, dead hands...

    Snort.

    I not only have a clothesline, I have TWO! Gasp! With a ginormous family like mine, clotheslines are extremely helpful!
     
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    I refuse to use clothlines, that's so "basura blanca". That's what stair railings are for!!!
     
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    LOL, Johnv!

    This sort of thing is why I would never buy a house that was beholden to a homeowner's association! That is just spending money to give your rights away. If I want a clothesline, half a dozen clothes lines or to paint my house purple with blue stripes, no one is going to tell me to do different.

    Can you tell that keeping up with the Jones' isn't high on my priority list?
     
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    And you can always vote them out!
     
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    Any idiot that wants to ban such silly things needs to be voted out.
     
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    I do all of the laundry in our house. My wife does enough as it is and, to be honest, I just find it very relaxing.

    There's no comparison between hanging clothes out to dry and drying them in the dryer.

    I know this issue comes up every now and then, but if they ever outlaw it where I live, then they can have my clothesline when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.
     
  16. Johnv

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    Really? Me too. I enjoy doing it, and Mrs Johnv does enough, imo.

    What I wonder is if this is actually a legislatable issue. An association can ban something like a clothsline on a front lawn or if it's visible from the street, but if it's in a back yard, how enforceable can it possibly be? Of course, the OP isn't asking the question of private associations, it's asking the question of municipalities.
     
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    When they pay my electric bill for running the clothes dryer, maybe they can dictate how I dry my laundry.:BangHead:
     
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    >States, Commonwealths and Providences are considering passing laws to give homeowners/renters the RIGHT to dry clothes outside.

    "RIGHT" is a political buzz word used to create straw man arguments. Or don't schools teach the difference between "right" and "permission?"
     
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    A key point that hasn't been mentioned is that this question is being debated in CANADA. The assumption by most would be you're talking about more anti-freedom action taken by Obama since the most popular sport today is to bash him and call him the Fuhrer.
     
  20. Salty

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    But it is not only our Friends North of the border.
    Here is a link to a case in Vermont. There are other States or Commonwealths in the same boad.

    Salty

    PS - Goggle some and find a lot more
     

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