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Staying home during illness is courteous

It seems as though in this country, that for many years, those who could drag themselves out of bed and to work even during the most serious of illnesses, was the winner. What they also shared was their contagious illnesses, spreading germs far and wide.

August 22, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Distracted pedestrians

A study may be sobering to parents as they prepare to send their kids back to school, especially their teenagers. According to the study released by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx, teenagers are now the most at-risk youth for pedestrian injuries.

August 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to act

Our Congressional representatives from Kansas need to get behind the Military Justice Improvement Act, a proposal to combat sexual assault in the military. It started with a Democratic Senator, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, but has already become a bipartisan effort. Republicans who have lent their support so far include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who remarked this week, "I try not to look at issues from a partisan point of view. I'm sure I do sometimes, but I try not to. As a physician, I look at problems and try ...

August 15, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Engaging the world

A news paper can make a difference and connect the world.

August 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

Barton Community College Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy was asked to welcome the Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers to the BCC campus for their annual appreciation dinner Thursday night.

August 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Home-grown goodness

State agriculture officials and our governor have finally realized something we have know for a long time here – the importance of farmers markets.

August 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Blind justice

Just think if you were a victim of a sexual crime.

August 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Another folly for baseball

There are more than a million reasons why major-league baseball players use illegal substances to enhance their skill.

August 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wrong versus right Those who make a difference

Willie Reed, an African-American man in Mississippi in 1955, saw a young man, Emmett Till, murdered.

July 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Working together

A recent Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll found that Congress has drawn among the lowest approval ratings in history, with 83 percent of those responding giving it the big thumbs down. Looking at the past, this Congress is on pace to beat the record as the most ineffective in modern government history, surpassing that of the post Civil War era.

July 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to help

The theme for the 2014 United Way of Central Kansas campaign is "It All Starts with You." The fact that 99 percent of the money raises stays local is a testament to that.

July 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stomach Bug Scare

Kansas is one of 11 states, at last count, where nearly 300 people have been hit by a mysterious stomach bug that surprised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These people have been diagnosed with a cyclospora infection, which comes from a parasite most often found in tropical or subtropical countries. According to the Associated Press, this type of infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Area fun

Summer is a super time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and the great many local activities.

July 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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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


Happy Fathers’ Day

Dads make a difference and dads are really important. Studies have consistently demonstrated that fathers – whether they live with their children or not, matter in the lives of their kids.

June 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Not all Royals are all-stars

Now, I realize if the Kansas City Royals were a T-ball team, what their fans are doing would be fine.

June 19, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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