The Miles Township supervisors are about to propose an ordinance that would prohibit the ownership of a horse in Madisonburg, Rebersburg and Smullton villages unless the property has 4 or more acres.
The purpose of this ordinance is to address their concern that those horses might constitute a nuisance and be detrimental to my health, safety, comfort and welfare and those of other inhabitants of these villages.
The horses are not a nuisance, nor do they endanger my comfort, health or safety. The only current danger to the comfort of living in Madisonburg is the proposed action by the township supervisors.
I am having problems dealing with the thought that these supervisors are contemplating action that could drive my Amish friends and neighbors from living in our town. They will be forced to move because of their need and determination to hold true to the tenets and traditions of their religion.
The use of a horse and buggy is required as the means of transport on Sunday to their worship services as well as their daily transportation needs.
Failure to comply with the ordinance carries a penalty of $600 or 30 days in jail. The penalty would be imposed for each day of noncompliance. Two weeks would mean 14 months in jail or a fine of $8,400.
The meeting to consider this will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rebersburg Fire Hall.
I urge all clear thinkers to attend.
Buck Fleming Madisonburg