Sometimes I wish I could just pave over the yard and paint it green. I have been doing this for weeks now and when I look up into the trees they still look 95 percent full. Yet another disadvantage of being a retired school teacher.
Stadiums have been built, torn down, and rebuilt for all these sports with nothing to show for it but spent money. Once again football and baseball are about to do another round of changing stadiums for whatever reason. It seems to me that the lack of championships are not going to be solved by buildings or locations, but by the teams that play in them.
I sat in the audience on Monday, looking at the Vietnam vets standing in front of me. Tears ran down my face because I remembered how these soldiers were treated when they came home from the war, and I remembered wo dear friends who did not come home.
This is not to say that the Obama administration hasn’t made mistakes. But by historical standards, the United States is doing well domestically and internationally. And by any objective measure, the trend lines are positive, not negative.
Why do so many things have to be so complicated?
You come here for a tour and you learn how the popular Tennessee whiskey is made. At the end of the tour, don’t expect a sample which you likely can experience at the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. Lynchburg, the seat of Moore County, is dry. Baptists don’t have to worry about speaking to one another in liquor stores here. There aren’t any.
With the chances of making a dent in ObamaCare by trying to defund it being virtually zero, and the Republican Party’s chances of gaining power in either the 2014 or 2016 elections being reduced by the public’s backlash against that futile attempt, there was virtually nothing to gain politically and much to lose.
Parents, especially those who have completed less than 12 years of schooling, don’t always instinctively understand the long-term benefits of letting their kids pursue a college degree — especially in a time of scary news stories about student loan debt and high recent-grad unemployment.
The race is to benefit the charity Better Health for Haiti, which was started by Mark Coughlin, an assistant coach at Peachtree Ridge who runs with and helps train Isaac Penman and his teammates. For Penman it was a win-win situation, a chance to create an Eagle Scout project that included running and supported his coach.
Logic dictates that learning results in gained knowledge which produces confidence which encourages even more learning which then leads to increase in ability and then mastery. It is through hard work that leads to expertise which then may — may — become a passion.
The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.
Americans whose parents were raised during the Great Depression or World War II understand how drastically things have changed on the home front. My father did not care a whit whether I liked him, and it would have been unthinkable for him to pick up my stuff. There were rules in the house, and they were enforced.
I’m not surprised that Obama tells untruths. He’s surely not the only politician to do so. I’m just surprised that he chooses to tell such obvious ones — ones that will inevitably be found out.
A visionary teacher at a visionary school, Son and GSMST are examples of the best that GCPS has to offer. And Son’s humility in her acceptance speech was indicative of the night as a celebration of all teachers.
This Veterans Day will be bittersweet because I always called my granfather on that day to say thank you for everything he’s done. He truly was the greatest man I’ve ever known. But on Monday, I will try not to be really sad and focus on the great life Pee-Paw had and how proud he was to serve our country.
- ROBINSON: Nelson Mandela, the conscience of the world
- KRAUTHAMMER: Woe to our allies
- YARBROUGH: UGA needs your support academically as well as athletically
- HUCKABY: Make Toys for Tots part of your Christmas tradition
- ROBINSON: Drones morally questionable go-to weapon
- More should be done to force release of Korean War vet
- HALL: When potential no longer matters
- CEPEDA: Family on a mission
- SOWELL: A challenge to our beliefs
- THOMAS: Black Friday another example of a darker turn
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- LETTERS: Wrong moves being made in deal with Iran
- LETTERS: Tom Martin deserving of kudos
- LETTERS: Obamacare problems continue to mount
- LETTERS: Kudos to Publix for closing on Thanksgiving
- LETTERS: Climate change must be addressed
- LETTERS: Thanks to Grace Snell Middle School for a moving tribute
- LETTERS: Stadiums don't make champions
- LETTERS: Recognizing Vietnam vets highlight of Veterans Day service
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- OUR VIEW: A salute to teachers
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- OUR VIEW: Relay can once again say 'We're No. 1'
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- OUR VIEW: Pink paper emphasizes need for early detection
- OUR VIEW: Snellville council takes right step with ethics
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- OUR VIEW: Continue keeping Lake Lanier safe
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