Church Fined for ‘Excessive’ Pruning
This isn’t a post about the separation of church and state. This isn’t a post about someone harassing a church or a church harassing anyone else. I just want to ask a question, “What business is it of any level of government how you prune your trees?”
Recently I have applied for a permit to erect a sign for my driving school. I submitted the application, along with a depiction of what the sign will look like, a “to scale” map of the property, the estimated value of the sign, a copy of my articles of incorporation, a check for 30 dollars, and a pound of flesh. Now I am promised that with 4-6 weeks I will have a permit so that I can put up a sign, unless it is disapproved, in that case I’ll have to make changes and go through the whole thing again, including paying 30 dollars and waiting 4-6 weeks.
Why does it take 4-6 weeks? Because of cut backs. The real question is why do I need a permit to do this?
Another example of government excess, just like fining this church 4,000 dollars for the terrible sin of cutting too many branches from trees they own. Do we need to be paying tree police? Do we need sign police?
These are not cases that have any effect whatsoever on other people, it’s meddling in the business of private citizens, trivial perhaps, but both symbols of government run amok, waste and senseless interfering in peoples lives.