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Remember Fire Prevention Month

We are continuing our month-long coverage of Fire Prevention Month information, today.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


How terribly strange ...

Old friends, old friends,

October 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We could use the prayer

Our Heavenly Father,

October 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Ya'll can keep the change

Bocephus struck back at his detractors this week and entered some new phraseology into the current debate about what America needs.

October 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Who will we be in the future?

For all of those who get fed up, or even offended by Michael Moore or Sean Penn, it is appropriate to consider the reality facing an Iranian actress.

October 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Hunters need to mind their manners

There's an old joke about the guy who takes his wife elk hunting in Colorado.

October 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Show us the money

Some federal officials are having a difficult time understanding the concept, perhaps because they spend way too much time with other bureaucrats and too little with the people who actually pay their salaries - but city and county officials around the nation are experiencing the best success in selling taxpayers on the need to spend.

October 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to get involved

If you are one of those who believe there's nothing for you to do to get involved and make this a better place in which to live, man, is there an opportunity open for you!

October 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep praying for rain

Just in case you've been wondering what all the hullabaloo has been about this summer, all you have to do is look north.

October 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep your hands off our fat

"Doin' right ain't got no end." - The Outlaw Josey Wales

October 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Stop beating around the bush

We need to stop beating around the bush and decide what sort of a society we want to craft in this place and time, because our culture will be influenced by someone. Wheat it will NOT do is stand pat.

October 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Stuff isn't getting better

Stuff isn't getting better.

September 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Show your ID and vote

County Clerk Donna Zimmerman is trying to get the word out.

September 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


But she wasn't seeking publicity

So, imagine this: You are a self-proclaimed lesbian actress whose cable TV program about lesbians has been canceled and you are trying to promote a musical tour when a national airline is dragged into the limelight by you because of your excessive public display of affection with another woman on board a flight.

September 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Just say NO to cadmium junk

According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, here's the low-down on something called cadmium: "Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted. Due to its low permissible exposure limit (PEL), overexposures may occur even in situations where trace quantities of cadmium are found in the parent ore or smelter dust. Cadmium is used extensively in electroplating, although the nature of the operation does not generally lead to overexposures. Several deaths from acute exposure have occurred among welders who have unsuspectingly welded ...

September 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | 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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