In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology by affirming some incontrovertible facts. "You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can't change your fingerprint, and you can't change your face," Franken said. "Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble."
America used to have the most democratic elections in the world. It doesn't anymore. Antiquated technology, along with the failure to clean dirty voter rolls of dead and moved voters, plus gridlock blocking efforts to fix the problems have left our system in shambles.
HIGH SCHOOL STATE
LAWRENCE - Perry Ellis had 15 points and seven rebounds in his college debut, and No. 7 Kansas used a big first-half run to put away Emporia State 88-54 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
HOLCOMB - Hoisington High School had its football season end at the hands of Holcomb in a first-round game of the Class 3A state playoffs on Tuesday night.
MANHATTAN - It may seem odd that an undefeated team, ranked third in the country and barreling toward the BCS title game, would consider itself an underdog.
ALTON, Ill. - Robert W. Bretz, 56, of Alton, Ill., died on Oct. 29 at his home. Born Jan. 18, 1956 in Oakley, he was the son of Samuel L. Bretz and Alice (Brant) Bretz. In 1981, he received a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. On April 28, 1984, he married Brenda J. Schilling in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. He worked for the Parkway School District in St. Louis for 18 years in the Facilities Department.
Phillip Glenn Wynn Jr., 85, died Oct. 28 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born June 22, 1927 in Geneseo, he was the son of Glenn and Irene Campbell Wynn. He graduated from Geneseo High School and attended McPherson College. On May 17, 1947, he married Melva Jeannine Neal in Geneseo. She died on Nov. 4, 1977. On Dec. 18, 1977 he married Ruth Willard Kasselman in Sterling. A resident of Great Bend since 1967, having lived in Hutchinson for the past year, he was employed for 37 years by National Supply Company in oilfield sales.
Monday, Nov. 5, is Teen Movie Day at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. The library will show the movie "Spider-Man" at 4 p.m. This free movie is open to students in grades 7-12. For more information visit the website at greatbendpl.info or call 792-2409.
Barton Community College's Theater Department will hold auditions for its spring 2013 Broadway musical production, "Is There Life After High School?" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Auditions are open to students and community members. Actors must have a song prepared. An accompanist will be provided.
Kansas Highway Patrol
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking anonymous information about damage done to road construction equipment belonging to the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Sometime between 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 8 a.m. on Oct. 19, equipment located in the 700 block of SE 30 Road was vandalized. Damaged was estimated at $500.
BY CURTIS TATE
BY MARK NIQUETTE and
LARNED - Troy Dean Davis, 43, passed away Jan. 16, 2015, at his home in Larned. He was born Jan. 3, 1972, in Great Bend, the son of Jerrold Dale and Sheryl Lynn Suchy Davis. A lifetime area resident, he was a service technician at Harper Camper Land in Great Bend.
It has been a hectic nine days for the Barton Community College men's basketball team. Nine days that including five games, three suspensions, two ranked opponents and one rival. Oh, yeah, and four wins.
It has been a rugged five days for the Barton Community College women's basketball team. About as tough a 5-day stretch as any team in the nation will see this season. It came to a conclusion Wednesday night with a loss Hutchinson, 73-45 at the Barton Gym.
After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.
As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.
BY SEAN COCKERHAM
HOISINGTON - Robert Frank James, 83, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.