I express my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of those who perished here in Lexington Sunday morning when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Bluegrass Airport.
<>Monday, the local paper, the Lexington Herald-Leader, desperate to give its two cents worth (when they didn't have even one cent worth of input) broke tradition of not posting a Monday editorial by publishing this drivel.
<>My beefs with the editorial are multiple: First, the editorial staff had NOTHING to add to the discussion, but they couldn't wait until they did. Second, if you read the first two paragraphs, it begs the question, "Where exactly did they expect the next air disaster to occur?" Third, they failed to include such a simple statement as, "Our deepest sympathies go out to the families who lost loved ones in the accident." Fourth, the paper lauds the workers who said prayers over the deceased, when in any other instance, it would bash civil servants from engaging in prayer. Fifth, the question it demands be answered, "Why did the pilot take the runway meant for smaller craft?" may never be fully answered, especially if the lone survivor of the crash dies before he can give any sort of explanation. Sixth, the closing paragraph does little more than exacerbate unwarranted fears that this tragedy could easily happen again.
<>Comair will be taking family members who are here in Lexington out to the crash site tomorrow for a private memoial service. The media are expected to be banned from attending.