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An Amish answer to energy woes

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2007 3:17 am | Updated: 6:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Consumers upset about gas prices, as well as those advocating higher taxes to drive down demand, now have another example of the free market being the correct answer.

Lehman’s Hardware in Ohio thrives while the rest of the world is in crisis, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. Amish residents have been shopping Lehman’s Hardware since 1955 because of the non-electrical goods it sells. Some examples include claw-foot tubs, butter churns, wood-burning stoves, propane-powered refrigerators and crank-powered radios and flashlights. Ohio’s Wayne and Holmes counties together have the world’s largest population of Amish, who shun electricity.

Non-Amish throughout the country discovered Lehman’s Hardware in 1973 with the oil shortage, the Plain Dealer reported. They were back with the Y2K scare before 2000. Then after Sept. 11, 2001. Then after the blackout of August 2003. Now, with high energy prices and environmentalists looking for green alternatives, Lehman’s again is drawing interest.

When supply of one good is unavailable, people will find an alternative. When the price of a commodity makes it prohibitive to purchase, people will find an alternative. No government solutions. No new taxes. No rationing. Instead, people are looking for ways to save money or meet a given lifestyle.

That’s the market at work. If only those in government would get out of the way and let it work a little more often.

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