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Natural Law | by M.V. Jantzen
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Natural Law

I was astounded to hear from the fellow on the right that his group of friends had just been handed $75 tickets for wading in the river. On my way here I crossed paths with two park rangers, who had apparently just finished handing out citations. The ban seems to be in the interest of discouraging folks from getting caught in unexpected currents, but as always the feds seem to go overboard; I doubt anyone was in danger in this little cove. And even if so, drowning is a stronger disincentive than citations. Why not just post markers where folks have drowned, with a sign explaining the dangers? The cove is a pretty spot, with a small beach filled with crushed shells - not the sort of place you'd expect along the Potomac river. Billy Goat Trail A. Montgomery County, MD.

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Taken on August 30, 2009