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Kids and Cars

The 8-month-old baby who died Wednesday in Barton Rouge, La., was the 11th child this year to die in a hot car.

June 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Way to go

Congratulations Great Bend and Barton County, you pulled it off this past very busy weekend.

June 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

Whether or not the weather is threatening, we must be prepared for the worst this time of year.

June 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Turds?

A Kansas senator said he's tired of the state's Supreme Court "dropping little turds" such as last Friday's ruling that gives the Legislature until June 30 to make school funding equitable or risk a court-ordered shutdown of schools.

June 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Silly ‘rules’ steal a lifetime memory

Andover's Lexi Lesperance and her Trojan softball teammates should be celebrating a lifetime memory - one day after shocking five-time state champion Wichita Bishop Carroll. The Trojans were close to playing for a state championship after breaking Carroll's 77-game winning streak.

June 01, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Don’t trash it

June Jaunt is less than a week away. This event, which showcases communities from Tribune to Great Bend along K-96, is a chance for these towns to shine.

May 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A day to say thanks

For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling with burgers and hot dogs. Area lakes are choked with boaters and the shorelines are packed with folks ready to usher in the season and work on their tans.

May 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving Berlin song from 1927, "The song is ended, but the melody lingers on."

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as our right to serve our fellow Americans through public office.

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


New-found freedom

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take yourself out to the ball game

Great Bend has really stepped up to the plate in a big way.

May 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, for helping pass a welfare reform bill. Others in the photo are smiling and applauding for the bill that reduces the length of time people can receive cash assistance and tightens work requirements for welfare recipients.

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms, let's take a moment to remember the bathroom debates of 20 years ago. Specifically, gender parity and the growing need for family restrooms. Both needs came to the forefront as the result of societal changes that took root following the Women's Liberation Movement.

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the commission meeting Monday morning. It was a short, simple but moving ceremony that not only recognized Kruckenberg for his Army service, but was the start of a series of recognitions honoring veterans.

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Foolish cuts

Friday morning the Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities will hold a rally in Topeka protesting the governor's order to cut Senior ...

June 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bike and Build offers promise

ST. JOHN - Bike and Build offers everything that makes the United States great.

June 23, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Election letters

Well, here we are, smack in the middle of another election year with the Aug. 9 primary looming. Elections always stoke the editorial furnace here ...

June 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


National insecurity

The latest terrorist act in Florida could be perceived as a "hate crime," but it's terrorism nonetheless. He worked as a security officer at ...

June 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Come together

This spring an article three years in the making appeared in The Atlantic magazine. James Fallows wrote that while most Americans believe we are headed ...

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Be careful out there

It seems they go hand in hand – summer travel season and summer road construction projects.

June 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be patient

For some, the 2016 wheat harvest is underway and for others it is in the near future. Either way, it is time for all of ...

June 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Baylor’s shame

Baylor head football coach Art Briles has been dismissed. Baylor President Kenneth Starr will apparently still teach at Baylor.

June 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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