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Separation of powers

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Worth the trip

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

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


State Fair

On Monday the Kansas Legislature saw the introduction of House Bill 2790, "requiring the state fair board to issue a request for proposals from cities in Kansas to host the state fair."

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


GIVE BLOOD

This week Natalie Beagley from the American Red Cross Blood Services office in Wichita called the Great Bend Tribune to report a heightened need for donations.

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School violence

It's been nearly 19 years since two teenagers went on a killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. That same year, the Kansas Legislature appropriated funds to assist the State Department of Education, in cooperation with the Kansas Highway Patrol, in establishing a school safety hotline.

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Raising the age

Most of you already know that I am a strong believer in the Second Amendment. I am a member of the NRA and hold a Kansas Concealed Handgun License.

March 01, 2018 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Free speech

Should the City of Great Bend's next Governing Body Handbook prohibit elected officials from voicing their opinions on social media?

January 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Nearsighted

In September 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic agenda for the state's public higher education system. Entitled Foresight 2020, the plan addresses three strategic goals:

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Life and death

A recent "prank call" to Wichita's 911 resulted in the death of an unarmed man whose only crime was opening the door to his home and allowing his hands to go toward his waist as a team of police officers trained their weapons on him.

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stand By Great Bend

A certain group on Facebook might want to change its name to "Stand By Great Bend." That is, "Stand By - Don't do anything until the next City Council is sworn in."

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Easy does it

"City street lights,

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


THANKFUL

Thanksgiving has arrived; let the holiday begin.

November 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Give the winners a chance

The election is over. The voters have spoken. There are new faces in local halls of power.

November 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Window dressing

The City of Wichita will start the new year with a civilian oversight board for its police. Its purpose, according to the Wichita Eagle, is "to help improve community relations and put another set of eyes on complaints and officer misconduct cases." It is a trend that more cities are following. On paper, Great Bend was ahead of this curve by creating a Police Community Advisory Committee about 15 years ago.

November 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Remember our veterans

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 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Well done

Our community is a little better today, thanks to the efforts of more than 800 Great Bend High School students and numerous USD 428 employees ...

April 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Social media regulation needed

There has been much hullabaloo recently over social media giant Facebook and accusations that personal information on its users was leaked. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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