Rainwater Collection Results in Jail SentencePosted by on Monday, July 30th, 2012
Jackson County, Oregon says it owns YOUR rainwater, and the county has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him over $1500, for the supposed “crime” of collecting rainwater on his own property.
The man’s name is Gary Harrington, and he owns over 170 acres of land in Jackson County. On that land, he has three ponds, and those ponds collect rainwater that falls on his land. Common sense would say Gary has every right to have ponds with water on his 170 acres of land, but common sense has been all but abandoned in the state of Oregon. (source)
If you’ve read my book, you know that this is one of the topics that came up there — and it’s back in the news again. For the crime of not getting a water right before digging holes for ponds on his property, this man has been sentenced to serve time in a cage. As we know, regardless of their official names, these institutions are not correctional facilities. Indeed, this man has nothing to correct in his behavior. The threat of serving time in the county cage doesn’t seem to deter this guy:
Harrington said that he will never stop fighting the government on this issue. As reported in CNS News: “When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”
Good for him. Too bad he has to be a martyr, but maybe people will start to pay attention to how ridiculous and tyrannical the government has become.
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