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Coming clean

Members of the Barton County Commission are to be commended for a statement read by Commission Chairman Kenny Schremmer Monday morning. It was a mea culpa for violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act last week.

March 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Election letter reminder

The Tuesday, April 7, general election is just around the corner and many folks may want to submit letters to the editor regarding the campaign. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.

March 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Good call

A judge went above federal guidelines last Friday to give a Kansas City, Kansas, man nine years in prison to protect the elderly people he preyed upon, the Associated Press reported.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

In the Golden Belt recently, we've gone from warm to cold and from rain to snow, all in the matter of one day., 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 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Setting the pace

"Where else can a dollar donated touch so many lives," said Rick Chochon, United Way of Central Kansas pacesetter co-chair and United Way Board member. He was addressed the UWCK's first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon Thursday afternoon. It was an opportunity to honor the top 15 payroll companies and other special award winners.

February 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrations create lifetime memories

I admit it.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Measles protection makes good sense

Delaying vaccines is a waste of time and could be dangerous to your children. And no, foreigners are not bringing most measles cases into the U.S.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Good things are happening

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet took place Saturday night. A full house at the Convention Center heard a about the strides made in the business community.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Buckle up!

Why buckle up?

February 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Presumed innocent

Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tobacco tax hike good idea

For once, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to correct the state's massive budget shortfall make a modicum of sense. He has forwarded proposals to raise alcohol and tobacco taxes which are now being reviewed by a legislative committee.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The man behind the curtain

Just in case no one has notice, Kansas is in sorry fiscal shape, due in large part to our conservative elected leadership that used the Sunflower State as a lab rat in a grand experiment.

February 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Sam Who?

Sam Brownback has a pen, and he's not afraid to use it. His executive order to remove discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees proves that.

February 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


NBC anchor loses credibility

Who can you trust?

February 11, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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Walking a mile in he shoes

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 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Unwritten rules just plain silly

There is a laundry list of things wrong with major-league baseball, but we'll just take on one topic today - beanballs.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A time to reflect and look forward

Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A dirty job

At times, Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker's and City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's positions may be unpleasant.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hill’s mission helped others

It took a life-altering disease to change the focus for Lauren Hill.

April 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Government in action

Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.

April 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.

April 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Coming together

It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make the trip

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

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s our duty

Your voice counts.

April 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Misfire:'Constitutional Carry' legislation not needed

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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