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Halloween is favorite holiday

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I think maybe it's because the leaves have started turning and the cooler weather is setting in. No need to run the air conditioner, and most of the time you can leave your front door wide open without freezing. Maybe it's just because fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is the first fall holiday.

November 06, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Move a bad idea

The Kansas State Fair celebrated its 100th birthday this past September. Organizers refer to it as a party on the prairie and it is indeed a major event.

November 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pro-choice: Roberts defends school vouchers

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts joined 29 other Senators in "calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why his Justice Department is suing to force 570 needy children to remain in failing public schools based solely on their skin color."

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reduction in teen pregnancy rate positive for county

In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.

October 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Mixed messages

Two television commercials of late promote that it is better for our youth to stay glued to their video games, TV programs and toys, all of which encourage them to stay indoors and shun the outside.

October 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Housing woes

According to the Kansas Association of Realtors, Kansas home sales rose by 7.2 percent in August 2013 compared to the same period last year. Sales totaled 3,469 units in August, up from 3,235 units in 2012. In comparison, sales on a national level rose by 13.2 percent for the month.

October 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


I know you are

The government shut down because one side refused to negotiate. Threw a tantrum because it didn't get its way.

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Foster care story touches hearts

The story of 15-year-old Davion Only, the foster child who asked for a family at church, touched the collective heart of the nation.

October 23, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Good ideas

Two Golden Belt communities are among 14 statewide to share nearly $1 million to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school via the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation

October 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A sad change of heart

Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and former Democratic Kansas Governor-now U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used to have a friendship that dated back decades.

October 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Cyber Bullies

Rebecca Sedwick, 12, took her life last month after relentless bullying from as many as 15 other girls over three years. Her mom tried to put a stop to the bullying, even moving Rebecca to another school, but her tormenters followed her on social media, where the bullying continued.

October 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Who should pay? Food stamp recipients empty shelves

Food stamp recipients in Louisiana on Monday flooded Walmart stores, emptying entire shelves of food, using benefit cards that mistakenly had no limits.

October 16, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Look close to home

Kansas under Republican Governor Sam Brownbeck has been a laboratory for new fiscal conservative experiments, some of these misguided. The governor has been a right-wing gunslinger blazing his way through policies.

October 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Are we safe now?

According to a report published in Linn's Stamp News, the United States Postal Service may wind up trashing its entire run of new forever stamps based on Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. It is unclear whether or not the stamps have been destroyed yet or not.

October 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hunger Games

Shhhh! Help is available for poor people. Don't pass it on.

October 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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A time to remember who we are

The latest version of the Barton County Fair began Wednesday with the annual fashion review and kicks into full gear this week. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation ...

July 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Please say what you really mean

I'm confused.

July 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Founding ideas - Quotes for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers - and one Founding Mother.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Take care with fireworks

Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


There is a lot to do

In case you couldn't guess, with the heat, wind and combines, summer has arrived.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We are in this together

Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The “Father Factor”

Father's Day is much more than a time to give and receive neck ties and coffee mugs or to golf and barbecue.

June 21, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) | Viewpoint


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