Ky. (AP) — The simple, heart-felt letters of an old-fashioned Amish man
are being credited for the Senate's quick passage of a bill that would
allow Kentucky's Amish residents to use reflective tape on their
horse-drawn buggies instead of the bright orange triangular signs that
they object to on religious grounds.
Gingerich of Mayfield, a soft-spoken man who sports the trademark black
broad-brimmed hat and long beard, used no computer, no letterhead, no
printer and no copier to get his message to 138 lawmakers. Instead, he
painstakingly wrote by each letter by hand explaining why he and his
brethren needed the Legislature to intervene.
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