Guest Column: Fairness

As a leader in the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) I often reflect upon those critical characteristics that have contributed to our success as an organization over decades. One of the most important, “fairness” is a character trait that is embedded in the core value set of the employees here at SVFD….

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West Plains Guest Column: Caring

The holiday season and caring go hand in hand. I feel it is a safe assumption that for many of us the act of caring comes rather naturally, and we rarely look at the act itself as something extraordinary. But in a world that can be harsh and ugly at times,…

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Guest Column: Caring

“A city council, business, and non-profit: Caring for the Community”

Margaret Mead said it well: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever had.”

How then,…

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Guest Column: Citizenship

From our West Plains Chapter:

You may be a bit surprised as you walk down the hall at Davenport Middle
School today. What you will not see are many students in the classrooms, hallways, or
common areas….

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Guest Column: Citizenship

My favorite color combination is red, white and blue. You will find all three colors in the flag of the United States of America, which is where I call home. The white in our flag stands for purity and innocence,…

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Guest Column: Responsibility

The Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) trait for this month is RESPONSIBILITY, a many-faceted word, encompassing a wide range of moral, emotional, ethical and common-sense situations. But let’s start with the trite and not too informative dictionary definition. Responsibility: The quality or state of being responsible,…

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Guest Column: Respect

On my classroom door there’s a sign. It reads: “In my room I want you to feel empowered, connected, respected, valued, challenged and supported. How am I doing?”

Early on I direct the kids’ attention to it,…

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Guest Column: Gratitude

 

Gratitude by Tracy Russell.

“I just wanted to say a very special “thank you” to all the men, women, and families that have donated their money, time, food, clothing and other items to Union Gospel Mission….

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Guest Column: Generosity

Henry Taylor said, “He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity, for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.

 

“For it is in giving that we receive.” St Francis of Assisi wrote those words eons ago….

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Guest Column: Integrity

What a strange feeling, to be at odds with yourself over who you are and what kinds of decisions you should make…”

Everyone grows up with a memory or two that shapes who they are….

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Guest Column: Courage

I was once reminded that courage comes from the heart, and to never lose the heart to do what is right. As I pondered this, I realized that the heart has throughout the ages been associated with the place where feelings,…

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