Time for some Darts and Laurels.
My first Dart goes to the three "Dark Knight" shooting victims in Colorado who are suing the theater where the tragedy took place, claiming it was negligent in not providing the proper security.
The proper security to what? To clairvoyantly know which patron was a madman who shouldn't be sold a ticket? To subject all customers to body scans and strip searches? To lock all fire exits?
Some senseless acts can't be prevented. And while I'm sorry these folks were hurt, looking for ways to turn their misfortune into a financial windfall at someone else's expense seems wrong to me.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Derby Festival gets a Laurel for winning 28 Pinnacle Awards given by the International Festivals and Events Association last week. Since it goes off like clockwork every year, it's easy to start taking the Derby Festival for granted. But awards like these confirm its reputation as a worldwide leader.
And finally, a Dart goes to the U.S. Congress for beginning its election recess nearly seven weeks before Election Day! Already criticized as perhaps the least productive Congress in history – and facing what could be disaster if some fiscal compromise isn't reached by year's end – these people don't need extra time to campaign. They need to make their case through actions rather than words, and show they care more about their nation's well-being than their job security.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.