It’s not just another three-day weekend. It’s not an indicator that summer has arrived. This day shouldn’t be excitedly anticipated. Pool parties and barbecues will never be the substance that pays homage to this day. Putting your crisp, freshly unfolded flag out doesn’t constitute celebrating.
A recent mention of Decoration Day, which later became Memorial Day, revived memories I thought had been completely obliterated by time. As a day to anticipate with keen excitement and to relish from dawn to dusk, it had little competition for me as a boy. Even Christmas suffered by comparison.
Millions of Americans dread going to the airport. Surging passenger volumes and declining numbers of screeners have led to security lines that can average over an hour in length. Thousands of passengers are missing flights daily. Meanwhile, airports and airlines are struggling to contain passenger anger. One airline trade group asked passengers to troll the Transportation Security Administration by tweeting of long lines with the hashtag #ihatethewait.
The Herald-Leader has selected five people who will regularly provide interesting perspectives on state, regional and community issues during the rest of the year. The columnists, whose work will be posted first on Kentucky.com/opinion before being printed or promoted in the paper, are:
The Herald-Leader has selected three people who will regularly provide interesting perspectives on state, regional and community issues during the rest of the year. The columnists, whose work will be posted first on Kentucky.com/opinion before being printed or promoted in the paper, are:
Reports of appalling hospital charges and collection practices describe what I think of as health-care rendition. For years, I have seen some hospitals use aggressive collection practices, even placing liens on homes for non-payment of outrageous medical bills. No one should lose a farm or a home because of a catastrophic illness.
Today I look forward to celebrating Mass for the Lexington Catholic High School Class of 2016 during their commencement celebration. I am proud of the accomplishments of this year’s graduating class and of the institution they represent.
The Republican Party, pundits have decided, now belongs to Trump, his hostile takeover complete. Scattered about the media landscape are the mea culpas of journalists and talking heads who predicted otherwise.