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I consider Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder to be the smartest coach I've ever seen up close.

October 14, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

No real surprises

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has added a new interactive map to its website. This map breaks down statistics and shows the impact each county has on the total state economy. The map allows users to see detailed agricultural statistics including farm numbers, leading agricultural sectors and value-added data.

October 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Geneva rules

The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But last Saturday, the hospital was bombarded by American military, after Afghan forces called for air support to take back the city from the Taliban.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

End of an era

It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities rich World War II heritage. The Great Bend City Council Monday night discussed the fate of last of the remaining WW II B-29 hangars at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well being.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Show your colors Friday

Homecoming for the Great Bend Panthers is Friday. The varsity football team will play Dodge City, and all week long students are showing their spirit with daily spirit activities.

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Playoff seedings need revamping

Baseball's playoff system is an absolute joke.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Go say hi

Do you know who lives next door to you? Have you ever actually exchanged a word with them? If so, congratulations, you're part of a growing American trend. Studies indicate that about one third of Americans say they have never interacted with their neighbors.

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A risky business

This past week was Farm Safety and Health Week and when September wraps up Wednesday, so does Farm Safety Month, but the risks of agriculture continue. The annual observance, a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in its 72nd year, was a time to call attention to this dangerous occupation.

September 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal Title 1 funding rather than stick with the program.

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Giving back for the fun of it

In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend Tribune newsroom calendar, and the Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo, families of Veterans and deployed servicemen, and a host of other charitable institutions stand to benefit.

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

European broke unwritten rule

Is golf the only sport where you actually call a penalty on yourself? It must be the only sport that penalizes and disqualifies a player after play is completed.

September 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

High-flying weekend

Great Bend was hopping this past weekend with yet another Bikes, Bombers and Butterflies Weekend. The multitude of events drew scores of spectators and attendees for all over to commune with nature, feel an adrenalin rush or touch history.

September 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Walking the walk

Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to active transportation based in Columbia, Mo., to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state, including Great Bend and Hoisington. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB.

September 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Annual Fall Fun Festival helps Kans for Kids

The 10th Annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids, hosted by the Kyle Kasselman family, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 p.m. at the Kasselman Farm. To get to the Kasselman Farm, drive 3 miles west of Claflin to the Camp Aldrich Blacktop, 1 mile south and 1/4 mile east.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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Be thankful

"Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the ...

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your part

The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Terrorism is pure evil

There is nothing religious about killing innocent people.

November 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Coffee cups? Really?

Call it a tempest in a coffee cup.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Just leave us alone

There have been at least three examples of late of just how out of touch the Kansas Legislature is with rural parts of the state ...

November 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The students at the University of Missouri got the nation's attention this past week and were successful in ousting the college president, Timothy Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Keep watching and plan to vote

Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field ...

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Kansas football playoff system needs a change

Here's a good one - "because that's the way it's always been done."

November 11, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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