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Animous to Bare Feet

Here’s a story from June of 1969, from the time when hippies and bare feet were in full swing.

And those in authority were not reluctant to arrest you for going barefooted, even if they had to make stuff up.

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Yesterday I needed to take a trip to the Ohio Statehouse for a look at some of the stuff available in their Museum Gift Shop.

Little did I know that by doing so I was taking unfair advantage of them.

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I spent the weekend in Springfield, Illinois, for the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter. I’m afraid I’ve reached the age where my own kids are getting married, along with the kids of my sibling and close friends.

And you know what that means: shoes.

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Into the “People’s” House

I was in downtown Columbus yesterday. When there, I always liked to walk through the Statehouse (which is what the State Capitol Building is called).

Of course, I’m sure you all recall that they recently banned bare feet.

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There was a story in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch that Gregg Dodd is leaving his job as communications director for the Statehouse.

I’m afraid it was amusing, and, from my point of view, quite ironic.

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Folks may remember my losing battle against the new footwear rule instituted at the Ohio Statehouse (its Capitol Building).

A photograph in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch thus just added insult to injury.

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I heard a report of somebody recently being denied entry to the Kansas Statehouse for being barefoot.

So I guess it’s not just Ohio.

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Statehouse Redux

When last we left our intrepid hero, the Statehouse had responded to his request for a perpetual waiver from their rule by sending him a 3-page application.

OK. So, why not fill it out?

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The Statehouse Responds

You all may recall that on March 22, 2012, the day that the barefoot ban went into effect at the Statehouse, I wrote a letter to them asking for a perpetual waiver, citing my testimony about how my going barefooted helps my knees, etc..

Today, 2 and a half weeks later, I finally got a reply from them.

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Sympathetic Statehouse

Regular readers will recall our attempt to stop the shoe rule in the Statehouse. New readers can catch up looking at these earlier entries.

It turns out that the Statehouse really is sympathetic.

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The meeting notes from the Ohio legislative committee that had a chance to overturn their new shoe rule (but didn’t) are now available, here. They don’t release them until they are officially approved by the next meeting of the committee.

I thought I’d go over them with my recollections.

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My Last Day of Freedom

OK, I may be exaggerating just a bit. But the Statehouse shoe rule goes into effect today.

To “celebrate”, I made my last visit there yesterday.

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As a result of my Statehouse story appearing in the Columbus Dispatch on Thursday, I was contacted by the producer of the Ross and Burbank radio show in Seattle, WA. They are a CBS affiliate, and seemed to be quite serious and willing to listen, so I talked to them.

It was a pretty good interview.

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Education, Schmeducation

This is a follow-up to my entry, A Boy Named Sue, updated because of the results I reported yesterday in Statehouse Shootdown.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favor of education, and educate people about the benefits of going barefooted.

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Statehouse Shootdown

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review held their meeting yesterday to review the Statehouse ban on bare feet.

This was our chance to get them to invalidate the rule.

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