Put on your gloves and pull out your face masks -- there's a dog in the room. That appears to be the advice coming from Larry Michael, head of the state's food protection branch ("Welcome mat revoked for dogs," Sept. 12 news article).
Michael should know that we all carry disease. Heck, children pose at least as much as a health risk in restaurants as dogs do. You're telling me dog hair is a danger?
Well then, I better never leave my house lest I contaminate the public. I wonder why I haven't gotten sick? Should we ban dog owners from restaurants as well?
Why are state health officials silent on the other health risks associated with eating outside? Would you rather sit next to a bird dropping or a dog?
I want to see statistics and studies on these so-called doggy health risks. Are there statistics on diners getting sick after eating when dogs are present?
The state is on a mission to rewrite the restaurant rules to make it clear that dogs are prohibited. What's the real agenda?