O hio lawmakers did the right thing last week when they removed dogs known as pit bulls from the wording of a law that defines vicious dogs. If they are serious about protecting humans and dogs, they will follow that move with a little more common sense.
According to statistics from State Farm Insurance, Ohio ranked fourth in the nation for dog bite claims filed with the insurance company in 2011. For 215 claims, an estimated $5.4 million was paid in Ohio.
It seems as though Ohio needs to put a little more emphasis on educating humans, when it comes to dog safety. A 20-year Centers for Disease Control study on dog bite statistics, by breed, showed the top 10 breeds for fatal human attacks included, yes, dogs known as pit bulls, but also Great Danes, St. Bernards, Huskies, even the beloved Labrador Retriever.
In nearly all cases, a dog's behavior is the result of training and treatment it has received from humans, combined with the behavior of the human with whom it is interacting.
Ohio counties ask dog owners to get licenses for their animals. Given the consequences when an owner mishandles a dog, or fails to adhere to proper safety practices when that dog encounters other humans, maybe it is time for those counties to require potential licensees to pass a simple dog education and safety test, first.
Any dog can bite. They are animals, and behave as such. That means it is up to humans to learn how to safely make them a part of our world.
As state Auditor Dave Yost has pointed out, a "green" program requiring state agencies to use blended biodiesel fuel in vehicles is costing taxpayers dearly.
In the Department of Transportation alone, the mandate adds about $800,000 a year to fuel bills, an audit determined.
State legislators approved the rule in 2006, during a time when they and too many others were not questioning claims that alternative fuels could save money.
Now we know better.
Ohioans cannot afford to support the social engineering agenda behind so many "green" requirements. Yost is right: Members of the General Assembly should rescind the biodiesel mandate - and all others that add to the expense of government and sometimes, the cost of living for Ohioans.