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A time to give thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving and sadly, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This is that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.

November 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take care when staying warm

As we see all too frequently when it gets cold, people using space heaters to stay warm inside ignite fires that sometimes claim their lives. These heaters can be dangerous.

November 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Personal touch

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's after-school art classes and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's upcoming workshop in making clay jewelry are but two examples. Barton Community College, private businesses and groups such as the Golden Belt Woodcarvers are all places to learn a new skill.

November 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Environment not a partisan issue

Climate change is not a hoax just because the president elect says it is. It's no more a hoax than evolution is. And it's no more a hoax than God is. It is like many other hotly contested dramas humans entertain themselves with. Climate change can be compared to the question of when life begins. And it can be as hotly debated. Ultimately, it's up to each and every one of us to determine where on the value scale we stand.

November 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Looking inward

Leavenworth holds an important place in Kansas history. It played a key role in the early settlement of the West, a major part in the Bloody Kansas era prior to the Civil War and prisons there have housed many of our nation's most notorious criminals.

November 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A good idea

Kansas tourism professionals presented several awards in October at the 2016 Kansas Tourism Conference in Olathe. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism handed out the honors.

November 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Together

In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported, "Among all Democrats, 27 percent say GOP policies are a threat to the well-being of the country; among all Republicans, more than a third (36 percent) think Democratic policies threaten the nation."

November 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cubs give everyone hope

When my father loaded his four children for a regular 80-mile trip to Wrigley Field, I never believed we'd ever see the Cubs win the World Series.

November 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Why football?

That's a question Pawnee Heights patrons asked themselves when the Tigers resurrected the high school football program after five years.

November 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Take a breather and prepare

It's Thursday, and the United States is still, as they say, "a thing."

November 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Time to heal

Time to heal

November 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make you will known

There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election and how close the race for president might be. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.

November 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Good idea

Great Bend USD 428 could probably have gone another decade without providing computers to its students, but the decision to do so now was correct.

November 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A century of greatness

In less than a week, we'll be able to put behind us the 2016 presidential election. Today, the Tribune's "Out of the Morgue" column paused to take a look back at the election of 1916, and while reports indicated it was a more civil affair than we've witnessed this year, there were plenty of issues the voters were faced with that split the ballot and made for a very tight race.

November 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Scary safety

Halloween spending is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year - $1.5 billion more than in 2015. Of that, $3 billion will be on costumes, $550 million will be on candy and another $300 billion on ticket sales to haunted houses.

October 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Take the tour of lights

When it comes to looking at Christmas lights, perhaps the first things that come to mind are the Plaza in Kansas City or Botanica in ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it at home

First, no one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. Second, there ...

December 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pay attention

Next week the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will tour the district bus barn, so its members can see first-hand whether a new ...

December 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Give on Giving Tuesday

With today being Giving Tuesday kicking of the holiday giving season, nearly a third of all annual giving taking place in December, the personal-finance website ...

November 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it local

Christmas shopping lists.

November 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Thanks again

A popular meme this year carries the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being ...

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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