7 responses to Despite Statewide Exemption, Wisconsin County Denies Amish Building Code Waiver
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    Comment on Despite Statewide Exemption, Wisconsin County Denies Amish Building Code Waiver (September 18th, 2015 at 03:42)

    This morning I can relate to the Amish objection to detectors and alarms in their homes to a degree.
    The man who owns the building I rent in was yesterday onsite inspecting/replacing smoke detectors and installing brand new carbon monoxide detectors.
    Good for him for following either new municipal or provincal laws (for carbon monoxide detectors) despite begrudgingly do so, “well, Shom, its the law, [quietly grumbles], so I have to”.
    I am irked by the mandate, not that it is a religious objection, for me, using the building owner’s choice in product adds another light in my space this time in my bedroom which will be on all the time and certainly does not put me in pitch darkness while trying to sleep.
    I think my only recorse to this is to somehow put a light towel over the green ight, or see if I can find some other thing that might block the light.

    I have a friend who works at an reproduction and semi antique store who might have something. Uggh!
    For me I am all for safety and all, but man…

    [thanks for listening you guys]

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      Comment on i hear ya! (September 18th, 2015 at 10:16)

      i hear ya!

      SHOM I definitely hear ya! I have power strips that sets off so much light. I had to block with duct tape. But I had to do that on multiple electric devices! Duct tapes great! On another note Comcast use to send out its messages at early morning hours east coast time. Invariably it would wake me up in the middle night. Finally Comcast listened and they don’t do that anymore.

      If someone is not following state law I don’t know how the Amish feel about going to the Supreme Court both on State and Federal level but it seems like someone’s got a bug crawling in an uncomfortable area. They may need some redress. Not much different than Kim Davis if you think about it.

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    Jeff Baker
    Comment on put tape over light (September 18th, 2015 at 04:39)

    put tape over light

    Try putting a small piece of duct tape or 2-3 pieces of blue painter’s tape over the light without covering the air inlets of the device.

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    Amy Laura
    Comment on Disappointed (September 18th, 2015 at 07:27)


    As a Wisconsin resident, all I can say is that I am happy with the state for what the state has done, but terribly disappointed with the county for not granting the exemption. While this family may not freeze, I believe that it is more than an inconvenience. Here is a family who more than likely is working hard to make a living and a home for their family, and the county is making it hard for them. We (as a country) like to shout about people who won’t work hard and want to live off welfare, etc. Here we have a family doing the exact opposite, and the government is making it difficult for them. Shame on them!

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    Comment on County Denies Amish building code waiver (September 18th, 2015 at 08:42)

    County Denies Amish building code waiver

    If one county clerk in KS goes to jail for refusing to comply with the law, then the clerks in Wisconsin need to be jailed also. It is not the clerks job to refuse compliance with state law because they have a bee in their bonnet about the Amish. These clerks are treading on these people’s religious freedoms. They either allow the waiver or; get fired, or go to jail.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Despite Statewide Exemption, Wisconsin County Denies Amish Building Code Waiver (September 18th, 2015 at 10:44)

    Electrical tape–black–works, too, and should block ALL the light.

    No wonder so many of us can’t sleep at night—glowing clocks, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, microwaves, etc. They tell us to turn off lights or not to sit in front of “screens” for at least an hour before bedtime, but virtually everything electrical includes a light of some sort (“on” light on my coffeemaker is one I forgot). Most of us (even in distant suburbs) have trouble seeing the stars at night due to all the light pollution outside. I’m sure that if we could truly turn off a lot of these lights (at least inside our own homes), we’d get a decent night’s sleep (and not be as surly when we’re “fully” awake!)

    If nothing else, we should be more like thew Amish (minimal lighting of most kinds). I am on the side of the Amish in Wisconsin in this instance and would LOVE to know what the REAL reason is that they’re being denied the waiver. Religious discrimination, perhaps? Or did someone not get a good night’s sleep?

    Alice Mary

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