In a few days, a summer tradition will resume in Monroe. Well, actually, summer doesn't officially begin until Sunday, but it's unofficially summer to most of us. There will be hot-air balloons flying over the city and Green County once again. In the dead of winter, when the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) board voted not to take the financial risk of having another balloon rally, it was difficult to envision such a sight. So the return of the balloons will be a welcome sight worth celebrating.