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OPINION PAGE - NOVEMBER 10, 1999 - HOMER, GA

Editorial
The Banks County News
November 10, 1999

Restaurant inspections featured each month
The monthly restaurant inspections have been featured in The Banks County News for several months. These have been a popular feature and we have had many of our readers thank us for adding this to our coverage.
A common question has been why all restaurants aren't reported each month. The inspectors don't visit every restaurant every month. We report only what local health department officials inspect each month. All restaurants will eventually be inspected.
These reports are very important as they provide information on health concerns. Keep posted and we will list them each month. The ratings must also be posted in the restaurants, so check them out when you visit.


BCN deadline: 5 p.m. Mondays
The Banks County News deadline for news items is 5 p.m. Mondays on the week they are to appear in the paper.
This includes school, church, social, wedding and engagement notices and other information submitted from the Banks County area. The deadline for correspondents is noon Monday.
Items may be dropped off at the Homer office, The Jackson Herald in Jefferson or The Commerce News in Commerce. All articles should be clearly marked "Banks County News" and include the phone number of the person submitting the information. News may also be mailed to: The Banks County News, P.O. Box 920, Homer, Ga., 30547.
For more information, call Angela Gary, editor, at (706) 367-2490 or Sherry Lewis, news editor at 677-3491.

Column
By Sherry Lewis
The Banks County News
November 10, 1999

Remembering veterans
Carol Ann Drazba was born on December 11, 1943, in Waterbury, Conn. In high school, she was a member of the honor society, a flag twirler, a class officer and a student librarian. After graduating from high school in 1961, she attended nursing school and graduated in 1964.
She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January 1965 and attended Army nurse training. She served her country in Arizona, Texas and Washington before going to Saigon, Vietnam, a few weeks later. She was killed in Vietnam on February 19, 1966.
Cpl. Scott Andersen was drafted in 1967, the year he graduated high school. His hopes and dreams of pursuing a career in government were put on hold while he went to serve his country. But he never returned. He went to Vietnam and was only there two weeks when he was killed.
These are just two of thousands of stories of veterans killed while fighting for our country. On Sunday, I looked on the Internet to find story after story of someone's son, daughter, brother or sister who gave their life for our country. I also looked at several heart-wrenching photographs where a man held another man in his arms as he looked to be taking his last breath.
I am too young to remember a war. I am thankful that I haven't had to wait for the mail to find out if my sons were alive and well. But many people have lived day after day wondering if their loved ones would ever return. Many were blessed to have that reunion while others never returned. Even those who were lucky enough to come back home have been faced with the memories of combat and watching people be hurt or even killed right before their eyes.
It was 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day. After World War II, the holiday was restructured and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill to change the name to Veterans Day, to honor all veterans of service in the United States military.
This Thursday is another opportunity to honor those men and women who fought for the freedom we enjoy today. I hope each of us will also take the opportunity to remember the fallen soldiers and to say "thanks" to these special people who are still around today.
Sherry Lewis is news editor of The Banks County News.


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