A day of tribute, remembrance for the fallen
Staff Sgt. David Wyatt was buried Friday as thousands here and countless others across the country paused.
As the days pass, our collective grief softens. It's natural, as tragic stories from around the country and world undoubtedly will fill our TV screens and Twitter feeds with the next round of heartbreak.
But we will never forget the acts of a mass murderer here in our city. We can't.
We have heard from global celebrities such as Peyton Manning, who is raising funds for the families. We have heard of countless of individuals doing what they can and sharing whatever they can to help honor our fallen.
But we have not heard much from our local elected officials about the plan for honoring the memory of these victims.
There's a measure of respect in some ways about their collective silence. No one wants or needs a grandstanding scene, but there has been little revealed from our community and city leaders about an organized and lasting tribute.
And that silence is becoming noticeable.
What say you, gang? Now is the time to announce something while the feelings are real and the motivations to contribute are high.
Here's a thought: Since the sites of the shootings fall in the districts of Greg Beck and Warren Mackey, maybe they can tap their much-debated discretionary funds and pick up the tabs for a memorial in their districts. It would certainly be a chance to add a new chapter to the narrative of the "Sneaky Six" commissioners who reinserted the $100,000 discretionary funds into the budget.
Just a thought.
Donald Trump continues to shake up the early song-and-dance that is the GOP presidential primary race.
Trump, who wisely wore a ball cap this week rather than that 'coon skin hairdo' he normally sports as he visited the U.S.-Mexico border, continues to push the buttons of a national media throng interested in exploiting the antics of the free-wheeling billionaire.
More times than not, it's not that hard to make The Donald look foolish since a lot of the time he seems complicit in the effort.
Still, the bigger question about how the rest of the Republican field will deal with The Donald remains. No one believes for a minute Trump has a prayer at getting to the White House. I bet he doesn't either. If that's the case, then what does he want, really?
Bad words and hats
Two quick pop culture items from Friday that show how half-baked some celebrities - and those who want to be like celebrities - are in today's society.
First, at this weekend's baseball Hall of Fame inductions, there will be a slew of former major leaguers signing autographs for a price. One of them, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who made more news with his racist and profane rants than he did as a reliever, will be selling his signature.
For $20, Rocker will sign his name on a piece of memorabilia. For an extra $10 he will write an inscription. For an extra $25, he will write an inscription with "bad words." Wow.
Second, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who made a little more than $100,000 per second in his title fight against Manny Pacquiao in May, is selling a specialized baseball cap.
It has the letters TBE - The Best Ever, of course - on the front.
Now the specialized part: The top of the bill is made of ostrich; the bottom of the bill is made of lizard skin.
Amazingly, the hat costs $220 - and that's without "bad words" - and more amazingly still, they are sold out.
To you TFP readers and wonderfully big-hearted people who have added my family and mom, who is fighting cancer, to your prayer list: I've heard from dozens of you and each response leaves me speechless.
The only thing I know to say is thank you and God bless.
We know this: Prayers are like $100 bills and five-star recruits; you can never have too many.
Until next week.
Contact Jay Greeson at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @jgreesontfp.com.