Of great events and travel by air
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:54 AM
Well, how could we possibly ignore the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic when it comes to a thumbs up? We couldn’t. Today is the third day of the four-day tournament being played at The Links at Stoney Point. So far, it’s been nothing short of a fantastic week for golf lovers and non-lovers alike for the advent of what will be a 10-year run of the ladies golf tournament. Everything has come together so well: weather, volunteers, coordinators and more. The event wraps up Sunday with the final day of play and a special Mother’s Day brunch. We hope a large number of readers recognize this tournament is yet another feather in Greenwood’s cap. In the world of sports and athletics, this truly is big and certainly worth witnessing. So, if you haven’t done so already, head out with the family today or tomorrow and enjoy some high-quality outdoor time and incredible lady golfers. Tickets are inexpensive at $5 apiece, but don’t let the price fool you. It’s still a topnotch event.
We would also be remiss if we did not acknowledge Friday night’s participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the YMCA. What a great group of dedicated people who celebrate cancer survivors while also raising awareness of the disease and dollars used to find a cure. Many people have been involved in the Relay for years, including some since it began here 20 years ago. So, a thumbs up to all the Relay teams, the organizers, volunteers and ACS senior community manager Hoyt Dorn for all they do.
Thumbs down to the major airlines and all this quibbling about various fees, especially now with plans some have to charge for carry-on bags, as well as those stowed in the airplane’s belly. They’ve been hiking the fees based on weight limits, and really that made sense. But now they have witnessed the savvy traveler who crams everything into an overhead or carry-on bag. Let’s face it. Many of us have been beside a passenger who has a maxed-out overhead bag, a maxed-out carry-on and a pocketbook that could double as a weekender bag. But we have to wonder if the airlines are going about this the right way in their zeal to capture more revenue. Pretty soon, travelers will find it cheaper to simply ship their clothes and toiletries to the next destination by FedEx or UPS, and then where will the airlines be? Many already charge for extras, such as drinks and snacks, so can airline passengers expect to pay to use the toilet in flight? Will they charge $20 a person for the in-flight movie, regardless of whether you choose to watch it? How about this: Charge a fair price for the service, but actually deliver that service. That will bring people to your airline. Oh, and if you’re going to charge so much for all the things we bring aboard the plane, whether in the cabin or stowed in the belly, could you treat it like it’s yours by handling it more gently? Thanks.