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Balconies collapsing and government regulations 

After the recent tragedy in Berkeley, Calif., and other similar instances around the country, it is long past time to either ban or pass sensible balcony control legislation. Six young people died tragically in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

According to our glorious president, similar tragedies do not occur so frequently in other advanced countries because these countries have strict balcony control laws. That is just a small lie, but lies are acceptable for the greater good. Unlike the president and Mrs. Clinton, I will not use a tragedy to further a political agenda. No way are the people who go out on rickety balconies without inspecting them responsible for their own safety. Only with strict laws, regulations, and armies of government inspectors will balconies be safe. Then no one will be injured or killed from collapsing balconies. That’s why we need stronger balcony control laws. We should limit the number of balconies a person can legally own.

Hotels, apartments, etc., do not need an excessive number of balconies. The national government should register all balcony owners. If one wants to have a balcony, one should have to take a balcony safety class.

If these laws save just one person’s life by making balconies safer, the loss of freedom will be worth it.

-- Gary L. Kirkland - Atascadero

-- Gary L. Kirkland - Atascadero

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