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A sign of the times?

In a statement released Sunday, the Kansas Republican Party congratulated Governor Brownback, the Senate and House leadership, and all senators and representatives on their "political courage, vision, and diligent efforts in crafting tax and budget plans."

June 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Stormy weather

It's storm season and dark skies threatened the region many times in this past week. Are we ready?

May 31, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Of raffles and DNA

Last Thursday afternoon, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback vetoed House Bill 2120, citing concerns over its constitutionality.

May 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Breeds are only as good as their owners

At Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting, Great Bend residents George and Zola Weber requested the council consider banning Pit Bulls, as the city of Ellinwood has legislated recently. While their family has not been injured by the breed, their neighbors allegedly allow their dogs to roam the neighborhood. They've been chased, and they are afraid for their health and safety.

May 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


More than a holiday

Memorial Day is the traditional start to summer as folks begin dreaming of vacations, picnics and time in the sun.

May 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Don’t trash it

June Jaunt is just over a week away. This event, which showcases communities from Tribune to Great Bend along K-96, is a chance for these towns to shine.

May 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


It’s your turn

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

May 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Walthy moms circumvent rules at Disney World

Wow. Talk about a cheap trick.

May 15, 2013 | | Opinion


Share the river

We are fortunate to live in a region with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. One of the most diverse of these opportunities is the Arkansas River.

May 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Lessons learned?

A lot of dirty laundry has been aired publicly of late.

May 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


"Lulu does the Hulu in Hawaii' is a super bad baby name. Really.

What's with baby names these days?

May 07, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion


Traveling through rain to get to Swan Lake

Living in the middle of Kansas doesn't mean we're devoid of culture. In fact, there's a lot more appreciation for the finer things in life out here than the mainstream media gives us credit for. We are more likely to travel long distances to seek culture than those who live in a large metropolitan area. It's easy, after all, to take in a play, a concert, or the ballet if you're a short subway or taxi ride away from the event. You may even take it for granted, and develop an attitude that if it ...

May 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


A two-way trail

Saturday marked the opening of Travel and Tourism Week in Kansas, which runs through next Sunday. The Barton County Commission Monday morning is set to authorize a proclamation to recognize the importance this industry plays in our local, regional and state economies.

May 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Planting an idea

Last week was the culmination of several months worth of effort by Great Bend fourth and fifth graders, effort that wrapped up Friday with the celebration of Arbor Day. Thanks to a cooperative arrangement between the Great Bend Tree Board and the Kansas Forestry Department, the fourth-grade students were each given a red bud sapling and the fifth-grade students participated in a poster contest.

April 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Lend a hand

It may have gone by unnoticed, but the past week was National Volunteer Week. Many area residents might have noticed, but they were out, well, volunteering.

April 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


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