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Inflatables needed attention

After so much debate over the details earlier in the summer, it was surprising to see the Wichita City Council act swiftly and quietly Tuesday to approve tougher rules and regulations for inflatable amusement rides. As council member Paul Gray (the lone "no" vote Tuesday) and some public speakers had argued, tougher rules won't eliminate all risk involved in the ubiquitous rides. But the tragic death of a 5-year-old in March at a west Wichita indoor inflatables business highlighted the city's lax licensing and inspection system for the rides. Good for city staff and the City Council for acting responsibly to improve oversight and accountability. Of course, the best defense against injury will remain responsible, attentive adult supervision of the kids who use and love the rides.

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