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Walking the walk

Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner wants area men to put themselves "in her shoes." By "her," she is referring to the countless women who suffer from sexual and domestic violence.

April 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Degrees of budgeting

It is often said that our greatest resource is our youth. That could not be more true than it is in our increasingly competitive business marketplace.

April 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Continuing to grow

If anyone ever wondered how an annual farm show could be successful in Great Bend, they only had to listen to Barton County Fair Board President Charles Atkinson's speech at the opening ceremony for the 2103 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo. A farmer veteran of state and national farm organizations, he offered an impassioned remarks.

April 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Worth the trip

The second-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is under way at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.

April 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Last call

The final of the Legislative Coffees sponsored by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce was scheduled for Saturday at the Oil and Gas Hall of Fame. The operative word here is "was."

April 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Meetings are public

The issue has come up on the Great Bend Tribune's editorial pages recently. Folks have written letters to the editor taking the Barton County Commission to task for this or that.

April 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Hunting for pig feet

This Easter Sunday, my family will attend church, and spend time together. One activities we look forward to is the annual family Easter egg hunt. Even though it really has nothing to do with the religious part of the holiday, it wouldn't seem right not to have it.

March 31, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


There’s more reality to pageantry than t.v. shows

About two and a half years ago, I finally broke down and signed up for satellite television after about a decade living in rural Kansas without. Within a week, I was beginning to regret it, because my kids found "Toddlers in Tiaras", a ridiculous program in which girls who were barely old enough to walk "competed" in pageants to win crowns of which the mere size put winners in danger of stunting their growth. My kids couldn't get enough of it. I don't know what the fascination was--just a fad or passing fancy.

March 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Commitment to service

The Monday night meeting of the Great Bend City Council was almost the meeting that didn't happen.

March 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Of health and wealth

In December of 2011, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas challenged Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to push for bike trails along every scenic and historic byway in the Sunflower State. The association's report listed five "product development opportunities upon which Kansas tourism professionals believe Kansas should focus," two of which highlighted bicycling and its potential impact on tourism.

March 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Scientifically speaking

This week, the Kansas Board of Education will get an update on the effort to develop new standards to guide science instruction in the state.

March 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Stormy lessons

After what the Golden Belt experienced in the past couple weeks with the blizzards, we all know just what can be dished out by Mother Nature. But, as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.

March 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Government that works

With our ineffectual Congress stalemated by partisan bickering over the pending sequester budget cuts and our divisive Legislature seemingly oblivious to the needs of rural Kansas, it is nice to see a glimmer of government operating as intended.

March 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Getting to the root of the dental problem

Like most things, if the people offering services like dental care are not treated with the respect their educations garner them, they are less likely to wish to serve. It costs a great deal of money to operate any professional practice, and when that is taken for granted, it costs the provider money in lost opportunity. Scheduling problems arise, and from time to time, everyone will forget something, but allowing it to become a chronic condition is irresponsible. People are all judged on our prior behavior, and on that of those who came before them.

March 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


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


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A Woman’s View

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November 29, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Opinion


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