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In the political campaign, remember to duck

We are embroiled in what many say is the nastiest political campaign in years. Sadly, what was once reserved for the national level has spilled down to our state races as well.

July 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


All-star game is a nightmare

Ever since Commissioner Bud Selig determined to make the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game "mean something," it's been a joke.

July 12, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Tribune letter policy reviewed

With the Aug. 2 primary election looming, the Great Bend Tribune has started to receive candidate endorsement letters to the editor. The Tribune ran its policy regarding such letters earlier, but it wouldn't hurt to run it again, so here it is.

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Why we don’t trust government

Back in elementary school when I learned the branches of government it was really quite simple. The Legislative Branch made the laws, the Executive Branch enforced the laws and the Judicial Branch interpreted the laws. Of course by high school, we learned there was a little more to it, but it still was not overly complex-in addition to the original equation, the Legislative Branch also allocated funds for the government, the Executive Branch also administered government and the Judicial Branch also made certain everything was constitutional. It never seemed too difficult to understand how it worked

July 09, 2016 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Give it a try

There has been much hoopla over the planned Great Bend Transload Facility to be located in the Great Bend Industrial Park west of town. The project has been in the works for about a year and the deal was consummated with a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the construction site.

July 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stepping up momentum

For four years, Be Well Barton County has been working to make strides in the health of the county, and their work is beginning to really pay off. Earlier this week, the group presented $2,082 to the Great Bend City Council to be used for the further development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The group also offered some well thought out suggestions.

July 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Showcasing what is important

The 2016 Barton County Fair opens this week. This annual tradition is a showcase for youth and adults from all over the county to demonstrate talents and be get the recognition they justly deserve. It is also an opportunity for the county to join for a week of family entertainment.

July 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Words to live by

Every year, we Americans come together to celebrate the Fourth of July as Independence Day. This, we believe, is our nation's birthday. But he Continental Congress actually decided to declare independence on July 2, 1776.

July 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Happy 4th of July

"It's Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas." - Stephen Colbert

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A sprinkling of concern

Splash pads are a heck of a lot of fun, and are becoming popular in communities all over the country now. They allow children to cool off and have water fun on hot, summer days. Their caretakers can rest and enjoy observing their play, or join in if the mood strikes.

June 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Beating incumbent never an easy task

HUTCHINSON - Dr. Roger Marshall exhibited the confidence of a serious challenger to reigning First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. Great Bend's Marshall had the poise to say the right things and make all the right moves, starting and ending with handshakes with Huelskamp and all of the panelists.

June 29, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Be careful and courteous

Monday will be the Fourth of July, and many will celebrate our nation's Independence Day by shooting off fireworks.

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Nice to see

Sadly, this is a time when Congressional Republicans thumb their noses at Democrats and Democrats plop themselves down on the floor, and when state lawmakers and our governor rum rough-shod over us Kansans. Somewhere along the line, political civility has left the building, at least on the state and national stages.

June 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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 Care Act (SCA) in-home services by $2.1 million, 30 percent.

June 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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A sad lesson

The school year is only days old and there is already the tragic story of three young people and one older driver dying in a ...

August 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A good time had by all

It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. The fourth-annual Party in ...

August 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stars and stripes the united way

The United Way of Central Kansas launched its 2017 campaign Saturday night. The theme was "Stars and Stripes and United Way Forever," harking back to ...

August 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Dumb phones: Don't Poke and drive

Driving while distracted contributes to many accidents, which is why safety organizations have made a major effort to stop people from sending text messages while ...

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Accuracy in speech brings is its own reward

The November election can't come too soon. And while many voters express their admiration for a non-career politician in the race, this campaign season ...

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Baseball, like life, teaches its lessons

WAUPUN, Wis. - If you ask Larned baseball coach Chad Erway, baseball is a lot like life.

August 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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