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Opening the door

Often when chamber of commerce and other economic development officials stand before governing bodies to give their reports, they fill the room with vague generalities. Frustratingly vague generalities.

November 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


There has to be a middle ground

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal criticized former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on recently for saying that he lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama in part because Democrats promised "gifts" to minority groups, calling Romney's remarks "absolutely wrong," according to the Los Angeles Times.

November 21, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion


Voices from the west

It has been two weeks since the general election and one week since the Barton County Commission canvassed the ballots from that election. One of the results of the voting was the election of commissioner John Edmonds to the Kansas House of Representatives.

November 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Deserved honors

Great Bend High School announced this week the 2102 inductees into its Hall of Fame, a collection of folks that attended, taught at or had an impact on the school. This elite group has included such individuals as globe-trotting entrepreneur Skip Yowell and Nobel Prize laureate Jack Kilby. Closer to home, it includes such individuals as former Principal Don Halbower and supporter of education Glen Opie.

November 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Buckshot and politics

Later this week, dozens of hunters will join Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for the second-annual Ringneck Classic. The four-day event, which opens Thursday at Oakley, will feature trap and sporting clay shooting on Thursday and Friday. A seven-hour hunt takes place on Saturday, with an extra hunt on Sunday.

November 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


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


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