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First story today is a follow-up to the continuing clash in Pennsylvania over outhouse issues.  I think I've editorialized enough about this issue over the past few months that anything else I say would simply be repetitive.  So I'll let the story stand by itself. I'm linking to a story, though, from the Altoona Mirror since that newspaper knows how to spell. Click here to read.  It sounds like a rather dramatic - but calm - scene yesterday when deputies arrived.

Meanwhile, we've been following the plight of an eight-year-old Hutterite boy who miraculously survived 20 minutes submerged in an icy culvert last month.  His recovery has been remarkable.  And now he is home!  Click here to read about his homecoming to the colony.

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Would education into the dangerous health issues involved with raw sewerage help?  I wonder if anyone has truly educated them about e-coli in their gardens or typhoid in their water or hepatitis or dozens of other diseases traced to raw sewage.   Can someone please point me to where in the Bible filth is condoned!  Exactly what is their religious issue with this!

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Actually, Chuki, I think this is the issue...Maybe I am wrong, but I doubt these Amish have really had the dangers explained to them...the Amish - even the Swartzentrubers - are often very receptive to non-condescending education....

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On the outhouse thing. 

There are a number of small Amish settlements scattered throughout Western Pennsylvania. This is the first I've heard of such a controversy. I'm sympathetic when it comes to the Amish due to misconceptions many people have, but I think bringing the privies up to code would be in the best interest of eveyone involved. As far as religious freedom is concerned,  the verse "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto God what is God's" comes to mind.

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Yea....Personally I just don't think this issue has really been handled well by anyone involved....including the Amish....

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I agree, this is a much more informative story.  And guess I'm glad I got it wrong (in my trying to piece the story together in the other thread) to see this is a separate incident and they at least aren't dumping the waste on the schoolhouse property.  I too think I more than added my feelings, though I have a bit more sympathy now that I know the waste isn't going where the kids are.  Just wish they would all sit down and talk.  If the Amish are so willing to accept legal help, also better clarified in this story, whey not accept some help to find an acceptable resolution to the waste deposal that won't violate their religious beliefs and will make the state happy?  To me that makes more sense than staying locked out and trying to get a lawyer.  Well nuff said on all this.  Sad story all around actually.

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I'm pretty sure this is the same community with the school outhouses in dispute. Not sure what has happened with that but I think someone is/was to spend some jail time for not being in compliance. 

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The new paper that you shared on the outhouse thing did a much nicer job of reporting. Photos are helpful too, I'm a visual learner. How neat that the little boy went home!  My little 8 year old would probably have requested the same meal! She loves hot dogs and potato chips, fries would do too.    

  

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