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A bad idea

It is difficult enough to figure out the Kansas Legislature, let alone interpret the proposed Senate Bill 109 designed to ban public entities from using tax money to pay for their lobbying efforts.

February 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

A win-win

"I love it when a plan comes together," the fictional television soldier of fortune Hannibal Smith would say when his "A-Team" had managed to survive yet another adventure. He saw the organization amid the chaos around him.

February 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

A Valentine for Darwin

On Feb. 14 we'll celebrate Valentine's Day, a holiday devoted to love. If we ever decide to create a holiday devoted to science and reason, Feb. 12 might be the date to commemorate. On Feb. 12, 1809, British scientist Charles Darwin was born. Darwin went on to lay the foundation for the theory of biological evolution through natural selection, which changed the way we think about the natural world.

February 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Opinion

Protecting a birthright

Recently, I was moving photos and pictures around on my walls. My favorites are two shadow boxes, one with a photo of my great grandmother and great grandfather, their daughters and a photo of their house on the farm. The farm is in Kackley, a tiny almost-ghost town in North Central Kansas. In the other box is a set of hand painted knobs my mother created 20 years ago, which adorned her kitchen cabinets for years until she remodeled. One of them has a miniature painting of the barn from the old farm.

February 04, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion

Reaping the wind

An economic analysis released Friday by the law firm Polsinelli Shughart in partnership with the Kansas Energy Information Network analysis estimated that Kansas wind energy projects have created nearly 13,500 jobs in the state.

February 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Time to talk

Regardless of where they stand politically, Barton County residents are undoubtedly of the same mind as many Americans which it comes to Congress. Some see the ultra-conservative wave that washed over Washington, D.C., or the more liberal slant in the White House as good things. Some see these movements as being the cause of the intransigence. Still, others, see them as the cause for all that ills this nation.

January 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Longing for Open Space

January is a heavy month. It's cold, you have to start working on taxes, people get colds and flu, and its dark. Luckily, its not as dark as it was in December. At least when I've left work, I've been able to spy bits of Kansas sunset through the branches of slumbering trees and around the rooftops of the houses on these city streets.

January 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion

Step cautiously

The Great Bend City Council has entered a minefield. Council members must now take care where they step.

January 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Give a gift of time

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sure, banks and some government offices were closed. But, besides that, what does it mean?

January 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Slipping it in

When I was growing up, my mom made a point of going to the grocery store by herself, rather than dragging us along. There were several reasons, but mostly because she didn't like listening to all the pleading to get snacks that weren't on the list.

January 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion

Good stewards

The Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College.

January 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

A changing of the guard

There are lessons that could be taught at the county level, lessons those in Topeka and Washington, D.C., would do well to learn. These are in the areas of civics and civility.

January 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Power shift

In 2007, the Great Bend Tribune was named the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year. Up to that point after 131 years, the newspaper had touched the lives of a lot folks. One of those made a special video appearance at the chamber's annual banquet when the honor was announced.

January 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Slip sliding away

When most of us are safe and warm inside, there are a handful of folks whose job it is to head into the jaws of winter weather. These city, county and state snow removal crews face long, bitter cold hours doing the nerve-grinding job of making streets and highways safe for motorists.

December 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

Think before you drink

We've dodged the Mayan end of the world, now it is time to party. New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages.

December 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion

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