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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


On the naughty list

What kind of a Grinch would do such a thing?

December 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Santa Claus still needed

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun. "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" she asked.

December 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Now is a time for reason

In the wake of any horrific act of violence, be it the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or the heart-wrenching massacre of first graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., there is an outpouring of emotions. Perhaps, it is because all of us seek solace as a national grieving community or we want to make sense of what has happened.

December 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Get moving

According to the 23rd Edition of America's Health Rankings from the United Health Care Foundation released Tuesday, Kansas is 24th in the nation this year compared to 25th in 2011 when compared with the health of other states.

December 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Stay home during illness, please!

It's that time of the year when colds, influenza, viruses abound. Stay home please!

December 12, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion


Doing what we can

Christmas decorations line our streets and holiday tunes blare over the radio. The stores are filled with shoppers looking for that ideal gift to put under the tree, or fill a stocking.

December 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Sacrifices are made

For liberals, the thought of Republicans eating their young in Washington, D.C., makes for great theater and gives them reasons to chuckle.

December 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Power plays

What's not surprising following the November general election was that the Kansas Legislature is dominated by Republicans. However, party primaries in August saw the conservative wing of the GPO oust several moderates, including Senate President Steve Morris, who were willing to reach across the aisle to Democrats. In the House, Speaker Mike O'Neal decided to retire after 28 years in the chamber, including two terms as speaker.

December 03, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


A time of giving

"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.

November 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Winds of change

It only makes sense.

November 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


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


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