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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


Time to chose right

It was in a student chapel sermon that a young student was exposed to a philosophy that would move a nation, that, in our better moments, moves us still.

November 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Give the workers a break

They aren't trying to stop a war.

November 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Try raising them right

Oh for Pete's sake!

November 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Killer gas is just waiting

Unless the weather forecasts were completely wrong - and what is the chance that could ever happen? - you are dealing with cold weather outside as you read this. In fact there are chances that Kansas will get its first snow of the season today, and pretty much the whole state is seeing sub-freezing temperatures over the next couple of days.

November 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Get ready for winter now

Many of us may have marveled at the "freak" snow storm that his the northeastern part of the country this past weekend, and we might have been complacent, had we forgotten that it wasn't all that many years ago that Great Bend had to cancel trick-or-treating due to our own Halloween blizzard.

November 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Whooping cough is still a danger

You know how it is.

October 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Pedal power

At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Local first responders are keeping it real

All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving the keys away to the city

Here's how dumb the Baltimore mayor is.

April 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Get moving

According to a survey released by the Physical Activity Council last week, the number of Americans who were "totally sedentary" last year jumped to its highest level since 2007.

April 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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


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