By Kevin Williams
We've been following this story for some time and it just won't go away. A group of conservative Amish outside of Auburn, Kentucky are being issued citations for traveling into town without "horse poop collection devices." There are Amish communities all over the country and few places seem to have the issue with horse manure that Auburn, Kentucky has. The question is: why?
I want to thank Auburn resident Chase Gregory for these wonderful photos that really seem to illustrate things in the town quite well. Chase says that he, along with most people in town, seem to support the Amish, but the town leadership does not. His comments mirror my own findings.
I keep trying to understand. I live on a quiet residential street and if suddenly horse manure started appearing occasionally (or every day) on my street, I just don't think it'd bother me. I have too many other things in my life that consume my time, energy and angst. I simply can't imagine life being so good that horse poop on a public street gets me all riled up. But maybe I am missing something. Maybe I am in the minority. I don't know.
Maybe I'll have to mosey down there and see more for myself. From everything I have been able to discern, the Amish seem to be good neighbors. They go into the hardware stores (or they did before the Amish became too petrified to travel into town) and spend money, heck, they even plowed the streets during a snowstorm this past winter. That's a neighborly spirit you won't find in every Amish settlement. The Amish even appeared to be plowing driveways of residents. Sheesh, I'd take a little horse poop on my road for that!
I did explore this issue in Auburn somewhat for another news organization last summer but it doesn't really appear much has changed. Click here to read my article.