Americans fight for the right to dry their laundry in public

Carin Froehlich pegs her laundry to three clotheslines strung between trees outside her 18th-century farmhouse, knowing that her actions annoy local officials who have asked her to stop.

Froehlich is among the growing number of people across America fighting for the right to dry their laundry outside against a rising tide of housing associations who oppose the practice despite its energy-saving green appeal.

Although there are no formal laws in this southeast Pennsylvania town against drying laundry outside, a town official called Froehlich to ask her to stop drying clothes in the sun. And she received two anonymous notes from neighbors saying they did not want to see her underwear flapping about…

The effervescent 54-year-old is one of a growing number of Americans demanding the right to dry laundry on clotheslines despite local rules and a culture that frowns on it.

Their interests are represented by Project Laundry List, a group that argues people can save money and reduce carbon emissions by not using their electric or gas dryers, according to the group’s executive director, Alexander Lee.

Widespread adoption of clotheslines could significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption, argued Lee, who said dryer use accounts for about 6 percent of U.S. residential electricity use…

His principal opponents are the housing associations such as condominiums and townhouse communities that are home to an estimated 60 million Americans, or about 20 percent of the population. About half of those organizations have ‘no hanging’ rules, Lee said, and enforce them with fines.

The United States has become a nation of whiners. Our populace wants government to take care of every problem – without paying for it. Our nation wants everyone to be free – as long as you don’t disagree with the tenets of several antique religions.

And interfering with someone’s view is becoming almost as heinous a crime here as it often is, say, outside the holiday home of some wealthy Brit – in an otherwise low income rural Garden of Eden.

We seem to be acquiring the worst of 19th Century class society in combination with the foolishness of theocracy.

One thought on “Americans fight for the right to dry their laundry in public

  1. keaneo says:

    Homeowners’ [sic] Associations are usually one step to the right of the local Republican Party. They want rules for everything including morality.

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