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State should recycle its priorities

This past week as Barton County officials were considering the renewal of their Solid Waste Management Plan, local recycling efforts were discussed, and whether it is here at home or across the rest of the state, the story is the same. Kansas needs better recycling.

February 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Zombies make good business

You'd think that no one in their right mind would be excited about a community being over run by zombies, but they are actually being invited in to a southeast Kansas town - and the rest of the state needs to get in line.

February 02, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Get over it

We're so ashamed,

February 01, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Sex talk brings giggles

Sex. . . just saying the word brings sidewise glances, giggles and, by my twenty-something children, insistence that they were brought into this world by the stork.

January 31, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Something’s got to give

Something's got to give.

January 31, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Happy Kansas Day!

A year ago today, Kansas was celebrating 150 years of statehood.

January 29, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Safer is better

There was a national news story a few years back that noted that Jay Leno had set a record, getting a speeding ticket with the oldest car on record on a California freeway.

January 26, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to get involved

It was a week of good news for the American system, only close to home.

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


America could turn it off

In 1965, America lost one of its first motion picture sex symbols, when Clara Bow, the It Girl, died of heart disease.

January 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Lead the way to freedom, Barbie!

It's a tale as old as the cultural revolution - you remember, when Mao decided to destroy everyone in China who dared to think for themselves, and his reaction was to beat them until they thought right. You know. Like him.

January 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


The night America died

There was a time, back when "daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days" it was "when a man named Al Capone, tried to make that town his own" and "brother what a night it really was, brother what a fight it really was."

January 20, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep free exchange free

At the turn of the millennium, there was significant discussion about the importance of the Internet remaining a free and open form of communication and for the expression of ideas.

January 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


TB is still out there, and here, too

This week there were two pieces of news that should have acted as wake-up calls for Americans who are complacent about the state of public health around the world.

January 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Judge Theis made the right decision

District Judge Franklin R. Theis is what we call a judge out here in the real world.

January 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


The law

This is Kansas, and for the most part, it is still a state of rural communities, a place where you would expect that people could trust each other, but you would not always be right.

January 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | 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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