Homer Bristow

I have been thinking lately that it might be better for me and my wife to move into the city of Columbus again. I had completely forgotten why we had moved out of the city limits around twenty years ago.

I had forgotten until I read the front page of the advocate on Friday, January 15. There was a column entitled: Snow Removal at Nursing Home Causes Controversy.

As I read this story, my memory was completely restored. The reason I moved out of the city limits was the city’s restrictive and sometimes downright silly ordinances.

The ordinance that affected me personally was the Article 3 Ban on Pit Bull dogs. This ordinance states that a resident of Columbus cannot keep, harbor, or own a Pit Bull in the city limits. Being a Pit Bull owner at the time, I was told by the Columbus Police, I could keep our family pet, only if I met the standards and requirements set by our council members in the Article 3 ordinance.

I won’t list all the regulations because there are too many. The standard and requirements are so many, and so expensive that I had neither the inclination or the funds to comply, so my family and I decided to move out of the city limits.

After the death of our family Pit Bull, I acquired another and like the first one, he became a very good family pet. Not long after I acquired my second Pit Bull the county government, not to be out done by the city, banned this breed of dog also. There is a saying among Pit Bull owners, “Punish the deed, not the breed.”

If Columbus or Cherokee County were having a problem with Pit Bulls, it would have been better to have dealt with the owners of the problem dogs, instead of punishing all the owners. Most of these ordinances are called “panic legislation.” Usually someone on the council or someone they know, has heard of an incident with a Pit Bull somewhere and they some how talk the rest of the city and county government into passing these restrictive measures.

It usually has nothing to do with their concern for the citizens.

I think the ban on Pit Bulls should be lifted. The sooner the better.

Now to get back to the snow controversy. I personally believe the city crew should be commended for pushing the snow off the nursing home parking lots. There are many older and physically challenged residents who visit these facilities daily. I don’t believe it matters who scrapes the snow off as long as it is done before these people arrive. Some council members are guilty of spreading hate and discontent from time to time. They seem to think that there is actually private property in Columbus.

Not so.

When the city government takes it upon themselves to tell residents what kind of pet they can have on their property or how tall their grass can be, it seems to take the privacy out of property ownership. But that’s just my way of thinking.

I again commend the city crew for their good work.