(This first item is written firmly tongue in cheek, while acknowledging that only good police work by area departments has cut short the freedom of suspects in recent Evansville bank robberies.)
Tri-State tourism officials are always looking for new things to promote, so here's one.
We've got various trails and tours in the area, how about one called "Route of the Bank Robbers"?Think about it! You could put together an audio tour, or guided tour from Evansville into Henderson across the Twin Bridges. You could have stops along the way like "Most Popular Location to Deploy Stop Sticks" and "Farthest Point into Kentucky that Evansville Police Have Given Pursuit". You know, things like that.
Here's a great site to prompt some deep thinking about our existence. It's http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html, from Florida State in Tallahasse, which takes you from the vastness of outer space, down to the vastness of inner space. This is a fantastic representation of how magnificent the Universe is and how vastly infinite it is both in the Macroscopic and the Microscopic level.
The unsung heroes of the Evansville Freedom Festival are the volunteers who put in hundreds of hours of planning time, and work up to four 12 hour days during the event to make sure it goes smoothly and safely. It's only when you look behind the scenes that you begin to understand how complicated a venture the festival has become. Thanks to all the volunteers for a festival that seems to get better every year!
One last note about the festival...If you didn't catch the new airshow acts at Evansville Regional Airport this year, you missed one of the most amazing feats of airmanship in the world. The sailplane act of Manfred Radius is at the same time one of the most beautiful and frightening air show acts you will ever see.
Following a few minutes of graceful, silent loops, rolls and other aerobatic maneuvers, Manfred tops off the act with the only inverted ribbon cut attempt done by a sailplane act. Since there is no motor to give him a safety cushion, if he doesn't have enough speed in the ribbon cut, he will die because he cannot get the sailplane back upright in order to land. It is a spectacular sight and one you should try to catch if festival air show organizers bring him back in the future.
Well, it's time to go enjoy the 4th of July, possibly my favorite holiday of the year. The Fourth is America's holiday of pride, the button busting, brass band and booming fireworks tribute to our continued existence as the world's beacon of democracy. Be sure to thank those now serving, or who have served, to protect the freedom that makes this holiday possible.