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October 04, 2007

1st Amendment--Privacy--Extreme naked gardening in Happy Valley, Oregon. ("Dude, that ain't right.")

Essay Question No. 1

Steve Howatt, 56, gardens on his own property in the nude in Happy Valley, Oregon. He's a nice if slightly overweight guy. It's undisputed that he engages in no sexual displays or exhibitionism. The local city council is busy crafting ways to control him and so far has banned nudity (a) in public places and (b) which "can be seen" from public places. But some of the people complaining about Howatt, including Samantha Love, are nearby neighbors who can see Howatt from their own property. Love and others say "it's just not right". They want Howatt to stop. Howatt continues to assert a right to garden nude. In support of his argument, he claims that American statesman and inventor Ben Franklin was also a nudist. Newhouse News Service, KATU-TV (Portland) and esp. MSNBC video.

Discuss.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at October 4, 2007 11:59 PM

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