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Blessed to observe the natural world

Not particularly leery of whatever happened out there after the sun went down last night, maybe a little dusting of dry snowflakes. I step outdoors.  Light dusting! Nothing coming down right …

I regret getting vaccinated

Maybe I should say I think I regret getting the coronavirus vaccine. And at the outset of this column, it is important for readers to know this is not to say you too, if you got the shot, should …

The ‘news’ of old

Persons who aren’t willing to give to others detailed personal accounts of what everybody’s up to may well have been avid readers of the “Local Happenings” page of the weekly …

Levels of support

In 2018, the Foley school community, through surveys, identified four core values – one of which was that of support. At the committee level, we discussed what we thought that meant and …

If I were president

We always talk about how there must be better options out there than President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. So, I have been thinking, why not me? I could probably do it – the …

That one snake

Various truths and many not-so-true events are woven into all units of human tribes: families, neighborhoods and the geographical divisions within nations.   Recalling and discussing the …

Making it look easy

We’ve seen talented people compete and perform, and they make what they do look so easy. Watch a little professional golf and see an unbelievably difficult shot look easy. Then, go out and try …

Pride in our schools

Across the country as of late, school boards have been grappling with the display of the pride flag or symbol in their school buildings, whether it be the district’s official decision or …

In the years in which I worked on a regional university campus, the era of feminism suddenly flourished. Among the general American population, the advocacy of women’s equality with men …

Culture versus strategy

Management expert Peter Drucker is credited with saying, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” There have been several adaptations of this simple yet important quote over the years, …

Foley, from the outside looking in

Whenever I read Cecil Wade’s column, two things come to mind: What an incredible value she brings to the Benton County News, with her historical insights and keen eye and observations for the …

Data versus anecdote

When making decisions, it is important to consider best practices, research and data nuanced with common sense and anecdotal evidence. There isn’t one element that supersedes all others or that …

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