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There is a right to privacy and a right to petition and a right to assemble and a right to bear arms — and now, maybe, a right to dry. Yes, several northeastern state legislatures are trying to pass laws that would grant homeowners the “right” to dry clothes on outdoor lines, according to the Boston Globe.
Vermont and Connecticut have laws pending in state assemblies that would grant this right to dry — a right made necessary by persnickety home owners associations that have outlawed the use of clotheslines. “In some minds…clotheslines connote a landscape of poverty rather than flowering fields,” writes Jenna Russell. “Opponents of the proposed legislation say homeowners’ groups have the right to protect property values by forbidding practices they consider unsightly, such as storing junk cars in driveways – and hanging wet laundry outside.”
Proponents of line drying say it cuts the need for electric power and, in a small way, helps reduce the gasses that contribute to global warming. However, opponents say shirts and undies flapping in the breeze would reduce the “curb appeal” (and market value). All of which should make everyone in Yonder happy that they live there.