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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


What is wrong with this picture?

The newspaper business-both small and large papers-has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct mail company ADVO in 2006.

September 10, 2012 | | Opinion


The season is a changing

As of Friday afternoon, anyway, the temperature had dipped to 59 degrees, a far cry from the 90-plus-degrees the day before. A drive down Broadway brings to mind the changing of the leaves from green to gold.

September 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Not so marvelous

This month members of the American Federation of Musicians picketed the Screen Gem studios in Wilmington, N.C., where Marvel (a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary) is shooting "Iron Man 3."

August 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


It’s all about teamwork

It was an issue brought to light by the concerns of some Villa South residents over the maintenance of their streets. Villa South is a housing development in the northwest part of Great Bend that actually falls outside of the city limits.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


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