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All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You get what you need

As a wise man once observed: "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need."

December 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Do your best, even in charity

There are a couple of holiday stories you can expect to see pretty much each year.

November 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Here's another bill, Mr. and Mrs. America

Just in case you wondered in the hissy-fit back east this fall was worthwhile, reports came out this past week about what it is costing taxpayers - currently working taxpayers. You know, those fools who go on working and paying their bills and keeping up with their adult responsibilities despite how unfair life may be.

November 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Flunk the walk-out professor

Just when you think the American work ethic isn't what it once was, along comes George Parrott and our faith is restored - NOT!

November 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Happy Thanksgiving, turkey

It is estimated that Americans will consume something like 4,000 calories today.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Making memories in the dark

Life is full of all sorts of experiences that some of us swear are the best ever.

November 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We've already lost

The campus cops who made international news this past week by pepper spraying a group of California protesters have done irreparable harm to the interests of those who hired them, and they certainly appear to deserve to be fired.

November 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Where is the blue food?

Years ago, beat comedian George Carlin asked the immortal question: where's the blue food?

November 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


And they can't kill all the ants

Anyone who's ever read much Stephen King knows how much the horror fiction author likes to use rock lyrics in his work. You know, like "You can't always get what you want. But if you try real hard, you just might find, you get what you need."

November 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Surely we'll never turn back

Ah, the fresh air that has blessed our land!

November 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Here's what we know

Here's what we know as of the moment ...

November 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You bet your fur

An incident going on in California - surprise! - has turned into a near-perfect example of what many anti-statists believe is wrong with America.

November 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Stay for the winter, just don't send us the bill

Hey, knock yourselves out.

November 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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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


‚ÄčA vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A good example

Before a nice-sized audience in the main Barton County District Court courtroom Monday morning, new Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub was sworn in by District Judge Steve Johnson.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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