"Hell, if you wait for the playing field to get level, you may not do anything."
OHIO Division of Wildlife officials report a boom in the Buckeye State's black bear population. Last year there were 152 bear sightings in Ohio - a fivefold increase from the 30 bear sightings 13 years earlier.
The bears are refugees from Pennsylvania and West Virginia, states saturated with black bears.
"They're just like teenage boys," Ohio state wildlife research biologist Suzie Prange told the Wheeling Intelligencer. "They're out there on their own for the first time and they're looking for a girlfriend."
Bears are a little like humans. Over the years, thousands of West Virginians have moved to Ohio in search of food and a place to live. Now our bears are moving there.
In 1979, the Daily Mail launched its Save Our Bear campaign after the state's bear population had dwindled to 500. Today, there are easily more than 10,000 black bears in the woods.
Terrible situations can be changed. Now to do the same with the state's economy.
REUTERS estimated that GM loses $49,000 for each Chevy Volt it sells. Fortunately, sales to date this year are only 13,500, or about one-third of the 40,000 Volts GM hoped to sell.
Taxpayers still own 32 percent of GM in lieu of the company paying back all of the $50 billion bailout. Taxpayers also lose money because they provide a $7,500 tax credit to people who buy Volts.
"There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce," Reuters reported.
GM disputed the report but would not say how much money it loses on each car sold.
Americans do want electric-gasoline hybrid cars. Sales rose 65 percent in this market in August. It's just that customers prefer Toyota over Chevy. The Prius accounts for 57 percent of the sales.
Given the availability of other hybrids that sell well, there is no reason for taxpayers to subsidize the Chevy Volt, a car Americans do not seem to want.