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Thumbs: Generous season, Malzahn's journey, Community Christmas Card

Posted: December 26, 2013 - 3:15pm

Tis the season. Somewhere around the Conway area a person is feeling warm. This is the man or woman who has been dropping gold into Salvation Army kettles. We don’t argue with the anonymity if the donor so chooses. Many more of us need to drop a little something into these or other kettles. We can all be helping hands.

Out of step. Duck Dynasty daddy Phil Robertson has a right to speak out on his beliefs, like them or not. Not long ago it was Paula Deen in this predicament thought not for opinions. Today’s social media is somewhat to blame for the rampant viciousness of these brushfires. We can be wise in our public comments, but we can also be staunch in our values.

Change is good. Battle at the Brier’s format was changed this year from the familiar bracket tournament to a round-robin. Indications from Greenbrier’s athletic director, Steve Wood, are that nearly everyone liked the round-robin. Vilonia especially liked it since the Eagles and the Lady Eagles took the championships.

Still time. If you missed out on the Log Cabin’s Christmas Card, you can still get in on it for a dollar each of your name and loved ones’ names in the paper. The real benefit comes from knowing you have helped a young student who has a need somewhere in the year — supplies, shoes, eye glasses. School counselors quietly take care of these urgencies.

Coulda, shoulda. Gus Malzahn being named national football coach of the years was no surprise, and it was appropriate. That low rumbling sound is from quite a few Razorback fans who believe Malzahn should be at Arkansas, not Auburn. This is hindsight. The timing simply was not right for a Gus-Hog connection.

Tee it up. Brannon Watson of Conway has been named the state’s golf teacher of the year, an achievement for a young fellow. This is one more brick in the building of our town as Arkansas Golf Capital. It is significant that Watson chose not to try for a professional tour career but went into teaching the sport instead.

“We have the luxury of talking about the things a new airport can do economically, but the necessity of public safety has always driven this project (Conway’s new airport).”

— Jamie Gates of Conway

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