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A time to say thanks

At 11 p.m. Nov. 11, 1918, the guns fell silent across Europe as World War I came to an unofficial end with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919, which officially ended the "Great War."

November 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Is it worth it?

Sobering news indeed.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Time to heal

It seems like its dragged on forever. But, after months of rancorous campaigning, nasty advertising and signs sprouting up like mushrooms, the 2012 general election happens today.

November 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Make you will known

There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election and how close the race for president might be. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.

November 02, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

No more excuses

There is still time for Barton County voters to apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election, and there are plenty of ways to make this happen. Registered voters may contact the Barton County Clerk's Office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.

October 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

A change that is not all wet

On Nov. 6, Kansans will head to the polls to cast their ballots for their choices in elected officials at the local, state and national levels. They will ponder weighty issues such as the economy and foreign policy as they make their selections.

October 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Optimism is cheap

With all the political rancor polluting the media nationally, with all the talk of continued economic mayhem at home and abroad and with all the negative energy circulating, it's tough to remain optimistic.

October 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Newspaper bedrock of community

Newspapers are the bedrock of our community.

October 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion

A big undertaking

In an era of more regulation, a Barton County agency has seen to it that these problems are lessened locally. The Barton County Planning Commission is to be commended for its efforts.

October 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Tired of tires

The City of Great Bend Monday will launch a two-week campaign to rid the community of old tires. The city-wide tire clean-up rolls to a conclusion on Oct. 28.

October 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Healthy endeavor

There was a conference in Wichita last week. It was a gathering sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation for communities across the state that have qualified for $25,000 grants aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. Barton County is one of the recipients.

October 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

News beyond battery life

Your newspaper will be there for you.

October 06, 2012 | BY RON DZWONKOWSKI | Opinion

Time for action

Third time's a charm. The Great Bend City Council Monday night will take up a recommendation by its Convention Center Architectural Selection Committee, the group charged with pouring over applications and suggesting a firm to tackle the controversial project.

September 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Taking the right action

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took action in the best interest of the county, despite an emotional appeal to the contrary. The commission should be commended.

September 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

From big box to online

During the Dust Bowl days, jalopies leaving the drought-ravaged plains would often carry a sign saying "California or Bust" as promises greener pastures out west lured dirt-poor farmers.

September 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

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