Jail Time for Lawn Mowing? When Environmental Laws Go Too Far…

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. While it is true that we ought to take reasonable measures to minimize pollution and make the most of the earth’s natural resources, legislation designed to protect the environment oftentimes goes too far by sacrificing personal freedom in an attempt to satisfy environmental lobbyists. In her Liberty Minute entitled “Mow the Lawn, Go to Jail,” Helen Krieble talks about one such law which threatens homeowners with jail time for simply mowing their own lawns: If you trim the trees, mow

Why Is the Government Spending Billions to Help These Big Corporations?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Did you know that some of your hard earned tax dollars are being used to fund wealthy corporations like Walmart and Google? Helen Krieble discusses this in her Liberty Minute entitled “Winners and More Winners”: We hear lots of debate about government picking winners and losers, but most Americans don’t realize how extensive taxpayer-funded subsidies really are. A look through the lens of liberty reminds us that the first principle of American democracy is that all men are created equal

Why Does This City Require a Police Permit to Sell Books?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Much to the dismay of many American readers, brick-and-mortar bookstores are quickly becoming a dying breed. But while our first instinct may be to point our fingers at Amazon and other online book-selling websites, the blame must also be placed on federal, state, and local bureaucrats whose needless meddling and regulations accelerate the extinction of small mom-and-pop businesses, including bookstores. In a Liberty Minute entitled “The Right to Keep and Bear Books,” Helen Krieble shares the story of a bookstore

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished — Especially by the Government

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Helen Krieble’s Liberty Minute titled “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” tells the story of two innocent citizens who ended up having to pay a steep fine when they were just trying to help a friend out: A couple stopped to pick up a carpool friend who wasn’t ready yet. So they decided to drive around the block a few times while they waited. They were pulled over and discovered, with a hefty ticket, that it’s against the law in their

These 2 Cities Are Penalizing Food Trucks to Protect Restaurants. That’s a Bad Idea.

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute titled “Designing Freedom,” Helen Krieble tells the story of a lady she knows whose ability to make a living as an interior designer was threatened by legislation aimed at eliminating competition by entrepreneurs like her: I know a lady who set up an interior design business and was doing quite well, her business growing quickly. But the established design industry didn’t like the competition. Its lobbyists convinced the state legislature to pass a requirement that all

Don’t Build That: Government Threats to Americans’ Property Rights Multiply

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment forbids that “private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” However, time and time again that clause has not stopped governments from trying to deprive citizens of the use of their property. In her Liberty Minute titled “Good Fences Bad Government,” Helen Krieble talks about one of these such instances which occurred when the government used fencing regulations to deprive a New England farmer of the use of his property: The

University of Iowa Becomes Latest School to Attack First Amendment

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. It seems almost every day we hear of incidences of censorship at colleges and universities. Whether it’s students who hold a particular viewpoint being silenced, certain speakers being banned from campus, or specific student groups being targeted and even shut down, lately First Amendment violations seem to be commonplace at some American institutions of higher education. In her Liberty Minute titled “Censorship on Campus,” Helen Krieble speaks about one of these cases of censorship that happened a few years back:

Democrats Threaten Americans’ Liberty with Attack on Due Process Rights

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. While the Democratic Party continues to fight for faux rights like the “right to receive a free college education,” “right to have one’s abortion paid for with tax dollars,” and “right to force Christians to take part in a same-sex marriage,” it is simultaneously continuing its relentless assault on authentic constitutional rights. In her Liberty Minute titled “That Pesky Due Process,” Helen Krieble rebukes certain lawmakers who, though well-intentioned in their desire to reduce mass shootings, lack any appreciation for

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