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Put up or shut up

With all the time wasted voting to repeal Obamacare and all the time wasted railing against it, this seems like a sensible compromise.

January 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Kansas native inspires team

Our good friend Lenny Gales knew a Kansas connection with Super Bowl 50 - Carolina special teams coach Bruce DeHaven.

January 28, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one of our National Parks. They are a reminder of why we call this area of the country the heartland.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shopping for a solution

It is indeed unfortunate that Kroger has opted to close the Dillons store in St. John as of Feb. 6. The store had been a key part of the Stafford County community's identity for about three quarters of a century and was one of the first Dillons to open.

January 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Desert creeps closer

Friday's announcement that yet another grocery store is closing in rural Kansas was sad news. Now, unless another option materializes for the people of St. John, that town will join the ranks of what in the past decade has come to be known as the "food desert."

January 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


'Sno problem: We can handle this

Snow that fell Wednesday across the Golden Belt was the start of a storm that could affect 80 million people by the weekend. There are reports that Washington, D.C., could see 2 feet of snow.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Protecting the land

The Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) will hold its annual Conservation Awards banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College.

January 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Casting light on a problem

It is too bad some folks don't have the common decency to respect public property.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to take note

It is said that all politics are local. In other words, when it comes down to brass tacks, voters really only care about what is going on in their own communities.

January 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The dream revisited

We have seen much racial strife in America of late. Shootings and rioting have shaped our current view of race relations.

January 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Core Values

When President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that he believes the private sector is the lifeblood of the economy, and that red tape needs to be cut, Congress expressed their appreciation for his words with applause. It felt like a window had been opened. Frankly, after months of televised debates by Republican Presidential candidates, it was hard to believe a Democrat had just said those words.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Strong leadership needed

The 2016 legislative session is just around the corner. It will come on the heels of a Kansas Department of Revenue report that notes tax revenue receipts fell short of expectations for December 2015.

January 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Moderation: New guidelines released

The government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday, recommending limiting sugar and saturated fat, eating less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Be true to yourself

As the new year arrives, it is the time that many of us will sit down and set a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. One of those resolutions should be to take some simple steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

January 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Environmental resolutions

This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Happy Valentines Day

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. It is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Panther quarterback misses opportunity

Sadly, the new-age attitude and persona that Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton brought to the table failed miserably in Super Bowl 50.

February 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A responsive government

Very little is known about a letter sent by a county employee via registered mail to members of the Barton County Commission. In fact, nothing ...

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Congratulations!

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again.

February 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


I’m just fit to be ‘tied’

I'm doing a public service.

February 03, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


I’m just fit to be ‘tied’

I'm doing a public service.

February 03, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Less is more

Some Kansas legislators are saying that perhaps legislative sessions are too long. Perhaps, they should be shortened, curtailed to expedite decisions and save taxpayer money ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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