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Shake it up

It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.

November 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Respecting nature Find a trash can for that empty bottle On Sunday, a dedicated band of volunteers

Find a trash can for that empty bottle.

November 11, 2014 | | Viewpoint


Hoisington Lincoln School: Time for an upgrade

In Hoisington, USD 431 School Board is considering several options for upgrading Lincoln School, which was built in 1920s. It is the oldest school in the district and houses third and fourth graders.

November 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Voting is only the start

Well, today is here. This is the big day. The midterm general election is at hand.

November 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make your voice heard

There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election, especially the race for Kansas governor and U.S. Senate. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.

November 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We're excited

Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.

October 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Give it a chance

On Sunday, the Great Bend Tribune ran a story about a new Holiday Inn Express that is coming to town. It will feature 80 rooms, modern decor, contemporary features and meeting rooms.

October 27, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


‘Razing’ concerns

Everything old is new again. Well, sometimes.

October 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Virus scare

Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Food: What's good for you

We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.

October 23, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Just a reminder

As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.

October 20, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Do your homework

In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.

October 18, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


No sale

Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.

October 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Walking to school provides healthful benefits

A Walking School Bus is where kids walk to school with an adult volunteer, and Riley School and USD 431 Hoisington received grants for Walking School buses.

October 15, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The time is now

Local election officials and Secretary of State Kris Kobach remind Kansans that today is the last day to register to vote for anyone who wants to vote in November's general election. Advance voting begins Wednesday in Barton County.

October 13, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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More than sports

In case you live in a cave or under a rock, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet takes place Sunday, Feb. 1. This refers to much hyped Super Bowl XLIX.

January 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hard choice with lesser of two evils

It's a Super Bowl that even Dr. Evil would not appreciate.

January 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Playing Chicken: Moran pushes for common sense

Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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