When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.
Perhaps the most appropriate way to end this year is with a love story - the story of Dr. Raymond Cook, 96, and Dr. Elisabeth Mays Stein Cook, who passed away last week at the age of 94.
Humans seem to always want more - more time with our families, more funding for roads, more tax cuts. More funding for our public K-12 schools. And more student achievement.
I like to tell people that Lennox Valley rests in a lovely place where two mountain ranges meet.
As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with fresh hope, I see things differently than I have in past years when I wrote this New Year's column.
Editor, We live in an impersonal world of chain stores. These corporations barely know that you exist. As a customer, you are just a number, another sale and more profit. Maybe I am just an old geezer who remembers when all businesses were small businesses, mostly managed by family members who knew you as a person, a neighbor and an acquaintance.
So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi. Paddle boats that hearkened back to the days of Mark Twain moved lazily yet with determined purpose through the waters of my favorite large river.
Happy trash-making season! That doesn't sound as wonderful as "happy holidays" or "merry Christmas," does it?
At last count - not that there is an official count of such things - there were six vegetarians living in Greater Lennox Valley in 1998. Four of them were Billy and Wilma Perkins and their two children.
Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department would like to wish each of you a very happy and safe Christmas season.
You would think we learned our lesson the first time around. But we didn't.
Ring! Ring! Ring!
Editor, Hello, thieves, how are you doing today?
Santa says: Don't be naughty, think green and stay on the nice list.
Editor, We've been hearing bits and pieces lately about Moose Hill School formerly located in or near Midway.
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On Monday, our country celebrated her 240th birthday. With all of the celebrations, many groups sang "God Bless America."