It doesn’t bother me to be the heavy or the curmudgeon in this situation. It bothers me that I should have to say this at all. However, the need for reiteration is apparent.
Here goes, the following are not heroes:
Group A includes Ball players, musicians, members of manufactured bands/singing groups, mountain climbers (particularly those who pay to be dragged to the summit), NASCar drivers, performers of any other ilk not mentioned above, and anyone else who is more concerned with wealth and personal status than with the lives of others.
This list includes people who actually are heroes
Group B includes, cops, firefighters, rescue teams who risk death in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, & earthquakes, the workers in the FukuShima nuclear plant who went into the hot zones knowing it would kill them, soldiers, sailors, para-rescue swimmers, civilian members of USO teams, and others who knowingly risk their lives to protect and defend others.
No one, no one, no one in group A deserves to have a US flag lowered to half-staff in their memory or honor. Some members of group B do deserve such honor. It is not hard to figure out who deserves such honor, but the public should never be involved in the decision.