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Unhappy trails

Once again Gov. Sam Brownback has opted out of a federal grant as a part of the Recreational Trails Program. Only two states have opted out, Kansas and Florida.

September 12, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Dry times

Another hot and dry year has us thinking about water – yours, mine and ours. We need it for crops and livestock; we need it to stay alive. We want it for recreation, and for pretty green lawns.

September 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taxpayers ordered to pay for transgender surgery of prisoner

Shame on federal judge, Mark Wolf, in Boston who ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide sex-change surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murdering his wife in 1990.

September 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Not so marvelous

This month members of the American Federation of Musicians picketed the Screen Gem studios in Wilmington, N.C., where Marvel (a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary) is shooting "Iron Man 3."

September 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Develop Santa Fe Trail

The development of the Santa Fe Trail is a good idea. It passed through Barton and Pawnee County during the 1800s as a major wagon route to the west.

August 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Gun control

Police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., are looking for a "burglar" who stole a gun and knife from Mike Maisonneuve's unlocked car in his driveway. But the act sounds more like an intervention than a crime. Even the victim is treating it as a wake-up call, according to the story as reported by WPBF-TV.

August 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


CDC says boomers should be tested for hep C

ATLANTA - All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, the Center for Disease Control has recently stated.

August 22, 2012 | | Viewpoint


Good investment

It's been a little over a year since the Great Bend City Council accepted a $500,000 gift to purchase the Convention Center that had been part of the Highland Hotel. The new hotel owner is settled in, and it's time for the city to move forward.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Compromise is a must for leaders

Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.

August 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Back to school

Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.

August 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Internet sales tax a must

The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.

August 09, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The case for capital punishment

While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.

August 01, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Rain gauge

A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.

July 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Evil is not new

Human beings are capable of both great evil and great good. This country recently had an example of the evil humans are capable of with the shootings in Aurora, Colo.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Primary lessons

Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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What do you know?

Finally, a survey has been done that shows what most of us have known since the opening bell of the 2015 Kansas Legislature.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Walking a mile in he shoes

Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner wants area men to put themselves "in her shoes." By "her," she is referring to the countless women who suffer from sexual and domestic violence.

April 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Unwritten rules just plain silly

There is a laundry list of things wrong with major-league baseball, but we'll just take on one topic today - beanballs.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A time to reflect and look forward

Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A dirty job

At times, Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker's and City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's positions may be unpleasant.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hill’s mission helped others

It took a life-altering disease to change the focus for Lauren Hill.

April 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Government in action

Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.

April 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.

April 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Coming together

It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make the trip

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo opens Wednesday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s our duty

Your voice counts.

April 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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