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Raquel Willis

  • The Walton Tribune
  • Raquel Willis is a Staff Writer for The Walton Tribune. Her phone number is 770-266-6052
Wednesday 11/05/2014
Bidding adieu to Walton County
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 12:00 am

Well, the time has come, Walton County. After a little more than a year of living with a diet of unwavering deadlines, verbose city council meetings and letters to the editor that question my sanity and innocence, I must bid you all a most gracious farewell.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Breast cancer is a year-round battle
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 12:00 am

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Kelli Mann, the featured breast cancer survivor of the Tribune’s Think Pink special section. The strength of this woman and her story is nearly unparalleled and the way she owns her journey and uses it to inspire and inform others is amazing.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
‘Dear White People’ hits close to home
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 12:00 am

This weekend I had the pleasure of viewing “Dear White People,” a comedy/satire released last Friday that tackles often unsettling and difficult conversations of a “postracial,” post-Obama world. What struck me most about it was how accurate it was. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie sum up the experience of being a person of color at a predominantly white university.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
The problem with Columbus Day
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

Columbus Day came and went on Monday with little fanfare, as usual. Sure, most people (not including The Tribune staff) got to sleep in, take a day-cation or just enjoy having to work a little less — but others thought deeper about the cultural significance of the “holiday.”

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Parents need support too
Posted: October 08, 2014 - 12:00 am

My mother is the most beautiful person I’ve ever known inside and out. Growing up, she was the biggest cheerleader for all of her children and was the most nurturing caretaker anyone could ask for. All of this evidence still doesn’t mean I wasn’t at least slightly taken aback when she revealed that she wanted to be a foster parent.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Nephews’ birthdays brings renewal
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 12:00 am

This weekend my nephews provided inspiration for this column and a break from my typical commentary on hard-hitting societal issues. Most of that opening was sarcasm, just so you know.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
A spanking never killed nobody?
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Another week, another athlete in the headlines. This time it’s a case of child welfare and parenting with Minnesota Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson. The allegations of child abuse in disciplining his child with a tree branch — and subsequently leaving visible marks on his body — have opened discussions on when parents take it too far.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Combating domestic abuse in sports
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

Domestic violence in the sports world is again at the forefront of the airwaves with Ravens running back, Ray Rice and his wife, Janay. The video released within the past few days shares an elevator incident, which resulted in Rice apparently knocking her out in a heavy handed brawl and then preceding to drag her body out of the elevator.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Teens still need ‘the talk’
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 12:00 am

It’s almost guaranteed that a young woman will encounter a situation where they have to make a decision to engage in sexual activity by the time she’s an adult. When confronted with that conundrum, she must be equipped to make an informed decision. Whether it involves using protection or declining an invitation, she must know her options and adequately have a picture of potential consequences.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Turning darkness into a positive
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 12:00 am

Local arborist Scott Prophett has been thoroughly involved in the business of arboriculture since his teenage years. As a young man, he made extra money by chopping wood for others and eventually worked for a tree care company.

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