This is in response to the article concerning the 77-year-old man who owns a 140-acre farm and lives alone in Salisbury Township near Lancaster. This gentleman has lived his life using an outhouse in preference to having a bathroom. He has no close neighbors, because of the amount of land he owns, so it is no one's business under the sun, how this man chooses to live his life. We are supposedly living in a free country, so let's start acting like we are free, instead of hiding behind some lame dictatorial township law, that allows no exception to a rule that should only apply to more heavily populated areas. An outhouse poses no threat whatsoever to any home inside or outside.
Manure waste from farm animals that is spread on farm fields, taints drilled and dug wells, especially in the spring of the year. No outhouse ever created this problem. It is no secret that inside bathrooms emit odors which requires an exhaust fan. This doesn't happen with an outhouse.
The majority of elderly Americans living today grew up with no electricity, no running water and yes, we were blessed with an outhouse. If an outhouse poses no threat to others, then they fall into a category which should be off limits to those with nothing better to do, than to make life miserable for some 77 year old gentleman, who may not have $20,000 to invest in a septic system that he really doesn't need or want. What would be next if this gentleman or others like him would comply to this township regulation? Would they only be able to use it, when the township granted them permission, or would the home-owner be afforded the right to be the judge, when mother nature calls?
There are some things that we as humans do not need in life, and that is individuals who are so scrupulous that they cannot distinguish what is right from what is expedient.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.