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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Government in our bedrooms Comment
    Nick, 10/25/08 9:34:06 am
    So, upon thinking about it, I realized something. Some people like to say some new laws are just the government getting in our bedrooms and that is just too far. Liberals and conservatives agree on this, but in different ways. In either case, though, they both agree that government should not be in our houses. Or at least that's what they tell us.

    But government is already in our house, and in pretty serious ways, even to the point of telling us what rooms can be used for what purposes. That's right. Government is our interior designer, and not a very good one. I'd much rather get my design tips from HGTV.

    Anyways, the reason I say this is because of building codes. And some areas are different from others, so at least it's not centralized. But in Oak Ridge, TN (and I don't really know how far it extends), one cannot place a gas fireplace in a bedroom if it burns at so many BTUs. You read that right. The government can tell you not only what kind of fireplace you can put in what room, but inso doing, it can tell you what kind of room is what. Now, some of you may think this is a bit of a stretch. I disagree. The "kitchen" can have high BTU appliances. What is so magical about one "kind" of room that makes it so different from another? If one were to choose to design their house in any way that does not follow convention, they may be breaking the law and are subject to fines (and ultimately jail if they do not pay those fines). Some of us may want to say, "Well who the heck would want a range in their bedroom? That's crazy!" I'm not going to argue that it isn't. But does doing so infringe upon your right to put your range in your kitchen? Hardly. Is it crazy to want to put a bed in a kitchen? Maybe (although for those of us who are lazy or who like midnight snacks, that sounds like a brilliant idea). Or is it crazy to put black and white checkered linoleum in your living room? Again, maybe. But don't you dare but your primary heat source in the room where you spend the most time! That may be efficient and we can't allow that!

    I'm sure there are a slew of other intrusions into the design of our residence, commercial property, industrial-1 property, C-3 (common-use commercial), R-2, R-4, I-6, Agricultural-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, or other private properties. But for now, the only one I have any knowledge of is that you can only put certain kinds of heat sources in certain kinds of rooms.

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