In order to alert its readers before they make changes to their (nominal) property, my local paper devoted an article in today’s edition to the morass that is the building code.
It turns out that within the city limits of Columbus, Ohio, you must have a building permit to change a light switch, drywall a basement, or install a water heater. But, according to the paper, you are free to install a swing set, replace a gas appliance, or change a light bulb.
Change a light bulb?!? That’s an odd callout. Isn’t it?
Not really. Since government claims first right to our property and our lives, and based on the existing codes and other interventions, the light bulb callout answers an all-to-real concern.