FROM THE PUBLISHER: Small groups can make big changes

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Skip Foster

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM.

My farewell column in North Carolina flowed so freely. After 16 years in a region, in various capacities, the memories are thick. There was much to say, so many to thank — and the words came in torrents.

But an introductory column to my new neighbors and readers? This is where the melancholy of saying goodbye transitions to the excitement and anticipation of a new start and of returning to my native Sunshine State.

So perhaps we will start this column where my farewell missive left off — a quote from the late Margaret Mead, an American anthropologist.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Change can be a loaded word because, like all communities, there are plenty of things here in Northwest Florida — its beauty, the kindness of its people (which we have already experienced) and much more — that should never change.

Yet I believe that the status quo is the enemy of excellence. For that reason, I want to be in communities — at work, at home, in church, in organizations, in cities and counties and neighborhoods — made up of those small groups of committed people, always looking to find a better way. I believe the Crestview News Bulletin centers on that type of community. The newspaper can change the world in so many ways.

For readers, it can be done by informing, stimulating, facilitating and entertaining.

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