As Dr. Know explained in the December 2012 issue, the Commonwealth's abundance of Honorables leads to an abundance of half-raised flags.
I’ve lived on Riverside Drive in Covington for about a year, and just about every day I use Roebling Bridge to get home. I’ve noticed that the flags across the bridge on the Kentucky side are nearly always at half-staff. Even in the park next to my house there’s a giant flag at half-staff. Who died and put us in perpetual mourning? —Sad CommuterDear Commuter:As a Cincinnatian with deep Kentucky roots, the Doctor understands that not only is one out of 10 citizens of the Commonwealth a Kentucky Colonel, but thanks to the 120 counties and myriad, countless cities of our beloved state, three out of every 11 citizens is an elected official. Now, even though the population of Kentucky is not a whole lot larger than that of Greater Seattle, those high percentages of Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen make it a pretty good bet that every morning’s obituaries contain news of the passing of Someone Important. Given the high number of newsworthy deaths, thrifty flag management principles make it only sensible to just leave the flags where they are. Nine days out of 10, parking them at half-staff will be justified.
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