The rabidly - but highly organized - anti-hunting -fishing, -trapping, -flesh-eating, -livestock-growing - Humane Society of the United States has just released its ratings for the 50 states.
And Ohio is close to the bottom, which means it is also near the top in the hearts and minds of hunters, anglers, trappers and farmers.
Not surprisingly the Society's favored states include the Bluest of the Blue: California with 45 out of a possible 50 and followed by New Jersey, 41 out of a possible 50. In third place with a 38 out of a possible 50 were Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts.
At the bottom 0f the HSUS's heap (excuse me, at the TOP of the sportsmens' heap) were Alabama, Hawaii, Missouri and Ohio and each with 17 out of a possible 50.
Lower still were Mississippi and North Dakota with a 13 out of possible 50 and Idaho with a 9 out of a possible 50.
The Society's Public Enemy Number One, if you will, is South Dakota with an 8 out of a possible 50.
The link to the Society's rankings is being made available by the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, which does its best to keep close tabs on the doings of such anti-everything groups as the HSUS.
In other topics the Alliance points to in its latest electronic newsletter is that Ohio's First Lady Frances Strickland has returned a box of vegan chocolates sent to her by the really odd-ball People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
However, before the Alliance and anyone else gets all excited and starts shouting "Oh-rah," let it be known that Strickland returned the chocolates because acceptance violates her husband's ethics policy and NOT because of any differences with the publicity-seeking PETA.
No point in the Strickland family getting tied up over ethics issues the way former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft got himself into trouble.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn