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Now is the time to think of future

The Aug. 7 primary is just over a week away. Amid the clamor of the contentious presidential race, it is easy for this important local election to get lost in the shuffle.

July 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Featured editorial cartoon

July 20, 2012 | | Opinion


Time to get pay attention

On Thursday night, the Great Bend League of Women Voters will hold a candidates' forum. The group has invited those on the ballot for all the county-level offices as well as for the state House and Senate.

July 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


‘Center’ of attention

Great Bend City Council member Dale Westhoff recently approached Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Cris Collier in regards to the Convention Center now owned by the city. Collier said Westhoff asked some very pointed questions and was shocked by the answers.

July 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Election letters

Well, here we are, smack in the middle of another election year with the Aug. 7 primary looming. Elections always stoke the editorial furnace here at the Tribune, and this year should be no different. With some candidate endorsement letters starting to trickle in and some campaigns starting to call and ask about how to make such submissions, it is a good time to offer a refresher course on out political campaign letter policy.

June 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


A golden opportunity

The announcement came out of the blue Tuesday, like a bolt of lightning from a Kansas storm cloud. The Kansas Department of Agriculture's lease of the historic Mills Building in Topeka was set expire in September 2013 and the agency was shopping around for a new site for its headquarters.

June 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Holy sweet tooth

There is a disturbing commercial on television for a leading national buffet-style restaurant chain. Basically, it advertises that the same dining establishment that brought their customers the endless chocolate fountain that oozes molten chocolate ad nauseam now offers unlimited cotton candy. One's blood sugar spikes just watching this ad.

June 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Editorial cartoon of the day

June 18, 2012 | | Opinion


Kicking the can

The State of Kansas has a website dedicated to the redistricting process. The home page reads as follows:

June 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Take a shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows, said Barton County Health Department Director Lily Akings. She and Public Health Nurse Melissa Hagerman will share this good news when they address the Barton County Commission Monday morning. They might gloat a little as well.

June 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Way to go

Congratulations Great Bend and Barton County, you pulled it off this past very busy weekend.

June 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Be vigilant

It seems to have become a major campaign issue – who is to blame for the high gasoline prices. Why hasn't the president done more to lower them? Why hasn't Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican challenger this fall, outlined a specific plan to bring the prices down? Drill more? Build more pipelines?

June 02, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Editorial cartoon of the day

June 02, 2012 | | Opinion


Spellebration

This week the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in the Maryland Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center south of Washington, D.C. All of the 278 contestants were "spellebrities" for the duration of the event, a scholastic Olympics of sorts.

June 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


Election year 2012: Politics imitates TV art?

The 2012 campaign season is shaping up as a possible "transformational" election, but not the kind that Barack Obama and many Democrats had in mind. It's a year when, if Democrats don't get their act together ASAP, they could suffer a trifecta of losses that will trigger further erosion of threatened New Deal and Great Society legacies and fulfill many conservatives' longtime dreams.

May 31, 2012 | | Opinion


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