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For some, campground is home, even in winter

Mr. Blevins,

I was with you till you started lamenting that “Adults ... have the freedom to go out there and freeze to death, and that bites. It’s very frustrating for us.” The key words here are "adults" and "freedom." As an adult, I'll take my chances freezing to death any day of the week, if the alternative is a nanny state that oversees my every choice to make sure I haven't put myself at risk. If someone is mentally ill and a risk to themselves, the courts can intervene, but simply choosing to sleep in freezing weather, even subzero weather, does not make you a threat to yourself. I've done this very thing on many an occasion and am still here to write about it, with all fingers and toes intact. People are tougher than they know, and certainly tougher than you give them credit.

December 28, 2012 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )