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Township governments have far too much power!
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RayP(MI)    Posted 09-09-2001 at 18:51:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife came home from a rabbit show here in central Michigan with two more bunnies than she left here with. We need more like another hole-in-the-head. Story was that a grower from Ohio brought them to the show to give away. Seems the township told the lady who owned them she had to get rid of them. Sheesh- now you can't even have a couple rabbits without the township getting involved. Yes, they were big rabbits, Flemish Giants, but GEE WHIZ! Here in Michigan, there is a grey area in the law as to whether rabbits are livestock, as I found when I was looking into whether I had the right to deal with neighborhood dogs molesting the rabbits. There is also an issue as to whether my farm insurance considers them livestock. But apparently there's no doubt in Ohio. Tell the lady we'll do the best we can to love and care for her rabbits! R-


IHank    Posted 09-09-2001 at 19:38:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
RayP- 'Tis sad what you say. At the same time it's indicative of the problems we're dealing with- people getting carried away when they get a little bit of power.

Out here we operated quite well since before the beginning with the township trustees calling the shots in the rural areas, with the towns forming their own govt. incorporation and political systems.

The old twp. constable and justice of the peace system is gone, replaced by a gestapo and legal beagles on the take of big money interests. The twp. based thru grade 8 rural schools were shut down right after WWII.

Sadly over the years the county trustees and legal/political trends let power go to the county trustees. Things have been going downhill ever since!

About all we got left of the old systems are the rural cemetery trustees. The other day I did a video for a lady in San Francisco, about her ancestor here. Got unbelieveably lucky and found her ancestor's graves and marker in Xenia cemetery, about half mile from my rural hide out. Is that prophetic? IHank


Nathan(GA)    Posted 09-09-2001 at 19:11:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's one of the better things about living out here in the sticks. We can have most anything I guess. But, that'll probably change one day!


Burrhead    Posted 09-09-2001 at 19:20:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
They consider any animal you can eat as livestock in Texas, you can even claim the ag land tax exemption for any animal except hosses and mules.

For years I have waited to see if some of our Asian immigrants take the dog issue to court but so far they have'nt.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 09-09-2001 at 19:58:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
They shut down one chinese resturant near here a few years ago. The health folks found a dog hanging in the freezer. They said it was for their own consumption. I've probably eat some, because I love chinese food.


IHank    Posted 09-09-2001 at 20:22:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nathan- You tell about a classic example of "culture clash". Dog is acceptable food meat in much of East Asia and the West Pacific area. Pig is strictly forbidden in most of West Asia, by/for Muslims and Jews. Many in Southwest Asia are vegetarians and don't eat meat.

We people of North Europe origins have our own prejudices. Like a poster said here a while back, about the bad old days in Appalachia, "If it moves it's food!"

Hope everybody will be a bit tolerant of their neighbors dietary preferances. Just be real careful of stuff that contains "curry powder".

Just remember, 30 years ago C-rats kept many of us going in spite of the base camp Army ptomane palaces! Right Bro Burr?

Still trying to figger out a grin in this post, IHank


Nathan(GA)    Posted 09-10-2001 at 19:46:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hank, Good comments. I don't care what anyone eats, whatever makes 'em happy. However, I would like to know what I'm eating if possible.

Me and a hunting buddy used to take animals to some blacks that we know. They wouldn't take a dressed coon or possum if it didn't have feet on it.

Tell me more about the curry powder. I'm clueless on this.


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