A few weeks back, I was in the Jacksonville airport just as news of the latest attempted terror plot was breaking. Security was extremely high, and lines at screening checkpoints seemed endless. But they still got me through to my gate in less than an hour.
Compare that situation with the one faced by several thousand State Fair visitors last week who hoped to attend the "American Idols" concert. Even though they got into lines of traffic outside the Fairgrounds literally hours before curtain time, many ticket holders still missed most, if not all, of the show.
Why? Well, lackadaisical employees, maddeningly slow and inefficient admission procedures, and an unbelievable lack of any apparent traffic control were at the top of the list.
And since it was no secret to anyone that huge crowds could be expected, such a situation was doubly disgraceful.
If anything, this debacle only confirms the wisdom of locating our new arena downtown instead of cramming it into the already clotted mess at the Fairgrounds.
Because while the Kentucky Expo Center has made-and continues to make - many impressive physical improvements at the facility, they won't really mean anything if patrons can't park in a timely manner when they actually want to use them.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.