Government Run Amuck: Man Releases Balloons and is Charged With Felony
This guy and his girlfriend released several heart-shaped balloons on a beach in Florida and was charged with felony for endangering the environment.
Love is in the air – and it's a felony for man who released balloons in Dania Beach - Sun Sentinel
I do understand that his endangers sea turtles, but two things surprised me:
1. That is it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. This is way out of line. A heavy misdemeanor fine would be more effective, especially for those who are not aware of the law. When you are convicted of a felony, you lose certain rights, such as the right to vote and the right to own firearms. It also is a job deterrent.
2. It happened in Florida, which is generally viewed as a Republican state and normally has more common sense when it comes to environmental issues.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin