The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tuesday released some sobering news. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity has increased in nearly every region of the state.
No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial at Inquisition headquarters in Rome. He had been controversial for years, because he presented a "theory" that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and the Earth went around the Sun. Somehow the idea of this famous scientist had been allowed to stand, so long as it was presented as a hypothetical and not as reality.
Statewide, Gasbuddy tells us, gas prices continue to plummet. Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78.
It is easy this time of year to get caught up in the whirlwind of commercialism that has devoured the holidays. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the relentless barrage of television commercials and the aisles of Christmas stuff in stores, this idea shoves out all visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.