Here we go again....These types of church-state clashes come up from time to time and I'm just not sure much is ever accomplished. A little background first: the Amish presence in southeast Kansas is relatively new. For years the Amish community near Hutchinson was really pretty much the only game in town in the Sunflower State in terms of Plain settlements. But that has changed significantly since the year 2000. New Amish communities have been started in several other areas of the state, especially across the southeast where the agricultural climate is agreeable and there are large swaths of rural land. When the Amish first started moving into Bourbon County in 2005 local officials kept a hands-off attitude. But now non-Amish neighbors are beginning to make a stink over the methods (or lack of) for human waste disposal in their outhouses. This group seems to be a more conservative community with no indoor plumbing, instead relying on "natural disposal" through the outhouses. Locals are worried about germs. It does sound as if local officials are trying to fashion a compromise. Click here to read more. They should have, however, enforced the rules when the Amish first moved in...sort of allowing them to become established and live a certain way for over five years and then change the rules is just a recipe for a problem. What do you think?
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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.