Oct 9, 2013
Recent incidents have shown pit bulls tendencies to attack and severely injure people – including children and infants – which have led to many people rallying to ban the pit bull breed. Although there are statistics that can support such claims, there is more to pit bulls than their aggressiveness and violence.
Pit bulls are a strong breed of dogs with a compact muscular body and very strong jaw strength. These traits are sought because initially, pit bulls were bred for bull baiting and dog fighting (both of which has been banned). It is because of these dog breed’s aggressiveness and physical power that a bite from a pit bull can be catastrophic. Pit bull mauling can include bone fractures, deep cuts, lacerations, infections, and possible amputations. Severe scarring and emotional trauma can also be experienced by the victims, and fatalities have also been a strong issue with pit bulls.
Despite the number of people and organizations lobbying to ban pit bulls (along with dog breeds branded as vicious), places like Carson City, Nevada has passed a law against declaring a dog dangerous based on their breeds alone. Under the new protection law AB110, local government is also banned from endorsing ordinances that outlaw specific dog types.
One thing people can help in easing up the dangers of pit bulls is through proper awareness of the breed and training the dog to avoid it from being aggressive. Every dog has a tendency to bite; the owner therefore should know the responsibilities that come with owning and taking care of a pit bull.
Oct 8, 2013
A recent merger proposal between American Airlines and US Airways has prompted an inquiry by the US Government Accountability Office. The airlines claim that because of several other high-profile airline mergers that have gone through in the last five years, this deal will level the playing field and raise competition between the flight giants that have been formed. The merger also intends to financially strengthen the airline industry overall.
However, many critics are concerned the merger will have the opposite effect by significantly decreasing competition, resulting in higher prices. The GAO study, Issues Raised by the Proposed Merger of American Airlines and US Airways, notes that even though the merging airlines “overlap on only 12 nonstop routes, no other nonstop competitors exist on 7 of those 12.” Whether or not this kind of reduction in industry competition outweighs the estimated $1.4 billion increase in net gain for the company remains to be decided.
Critics are also concerned that while US Airways is committed to serving smaller communities, the merger will force the company to drop a percentage of their service slots at airports and decrease the availability of flights to those communities.
The merger proposal must also undergo an antitrust review conducted by the Department of Justice before it can be approved. The airlines’ legal teams must be incredibly busy working on this.
This is some big-time business stuff. While most people will never be a part of such a huge business deal, even small businesses can benefit from the knowledge of a business lawyer.