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Take the money

Gov. Sam Brownback needs to follow the example of at least eight other Republican governors – so far – and accept the offer of a federal Medicaid extension.

March 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Good Politics: Two sides come together

The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Restaurant charges fee for restroom use

Recently a restaurant in Tennessee charged a woman to use the restroom who was not a customer. An employee as The Flood Zone in Erin, Tenn. was asked by Patricia Barnes if she could use the facilities.

March 06, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Warm bodies

During the recent snow storms, some employees stayed home and baked cookies, some braved the elements and slid into work, and some stayed home but worked nonetheless. In the midst of all that, word got out that Marissa Mayer, the new chief executive officer of Yahoo!, plans to put an end to telecommuting at that company later this year.

February 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Snow and more snow

After years of drought, central Kansas was abundantly blessed with snow in the past week. While the moisture was appreciated, it caused snarled traffic, work schedules and school schedules for a few days.

February 27, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Taking notice: Advocate's awards richly deserved

Last week the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence presented one of its highest awards to Laura Brown, an advocate from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend.

February 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New sculptures look great

The new sculptures downtown look fabulous. They are definitely an enhancement to the community, as well as the other sculptures around town.

February 20, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Taxes

Taxes. It was one of the primary causes of the American Revolutionary War.

February 17, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


A poor prayer

A Christian group's prayer list went out this month to the Kansas Legislature, with a prayer for the "dark spiritual areas" of the state, identified as Lawrence, Kansas City, northern Johnson County and southeast Kansas.

February 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teen moms surprised by pregnancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently did a study of teen moms who had unintended pregnancies, and the results were astounding.

February 12, 2013 | | Viewpoint


Let’s return game to a family event

In recent years, the Super Bowl has become a family affair for us, and it isn't because of the football. The Chiefs have lacked a little...success over the past few years (or decades) so obviously we can't watch them in the championship game. So we huddle around the TV with our snacks and cheer on our favorite commercials and watch the half-time entertainment, a fun light-hearted event without the seriousness or intensity of March Madness.

February 08, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


What will be the future of Facebook?

According to recent surveys, some people are taking a break from Facebook. What will be the future of this social media? Will it go the way of email, which is mostly used for business?

February 06, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Competitive spirit

Last fall the city of Ottawa and Franklin County were among 60 finalists in the "Prettiest Painted Places in America" competition. The winners were announced in November, and although it wasn't one of the 12 winners, Ottawa was one of nine places cited for "exceptional merit."

January 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tameless Issue

While they were once called strays, they are now called feral. Feral cats have become one of the largest invasive species in the United States, including even in Great Bend.

January 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


1st Amendment: It's also for public employees

If there was any doubt about the intent of House Bill 2023, proponents made it clear on Wednesday.

January 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


WSU owns bragging rights on Jayhawks

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No big surprise

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State basketball delivers highs and lows

On one side, St. John's players and fans were celebrating a state basketball championship with laughter and joy.

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Walking to school

Great Bend's public elementary schools are about to engage in a very worthwhile endeavor – the Walking School Bus program. It will be implemented in all five USD 428 elementary schools.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Let the sun shine in

Although many of you may be unaware if it, this week is National Sunshine Week. You know, the annual observance of open government?

March 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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