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You get what you pay for

It's about that time when the tax bill arrives. This year, many property owners in the county will not be pleased to see the amount due higher than last year this time. Let's take a moment to consider what we're getting for our money.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Give what you can

It was nice to see that the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday held Nov. 29 went well. The foundation raised over $200,000 to benefit the myriad charitable funds that the organization oversees.

December 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Your presence can be present enough

We are in the Christmas season, a time of giving and a time to be with our families. Often, this means traveling.

December 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Crisis to crisis

The Kansas Legislature will be less conservative in 2017 and perhaps some of Gov. Sam Brownback's initiatives can be scaled back a bit.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time to Rise Up in Kansas

There is a term, "the common good," that bears consideration. A dictionary defines it simply as a noun meaning, "the advantage or benefit of all people in society or in a group." It's not something claimed by any particular political faction, in other words. It's something that is good for everyone.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Take the tour of lights

When it comes to looking at Christmas lights, perhaps the first things that come to mind are the Plaza in Kansas City or Botanica in Wichita. Indeed, these are worthy of note.

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it at home

First, no one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. Second, there also much available to the online shopper.

December 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pay attention

Next week the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will tour the district bus barn, so its members can see first-hand whether a new building proposed by the administration is merited. Since the administration has also proposed remodeling the District Education Center on Patton Road, perhaps a tour of that facility is also in order.

December 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather, when our Kansas legislators return to Topeka in January, the coming session is bound to be one few will look back on with warm and fuzzy feelings.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Give on Giving Tuesday

With today being Giving Tuesday kicking of the holiday giving season, nearly a third of all annual giving taking place in December, the personal-finance website WalletHub announced this week. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, it also follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a chance to give back.

November 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it local

Christmas shopping lists.

November 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Thanks again

A popular meme this year carries the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A time to give thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving and sadly, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This is that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.

November 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take care when staying warm

As we see all too frequently when it gets cold, people using space heaters to stay warm inside ignite fires that sometimes claim their lives. These heaters can be dangerous.

November 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Personal touch

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's after-school art classes and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's upcoming workshop in making clay jewelry are but two examples. Barton Community College, private businesses and groups such as the Golden Belt Woodcarvers are all places to learn a new skill.

November 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Gardening a labor of love

As a child and teenager, I remember our family always having a garden. Maybe it wasn't a big, lavish garden, but it was a ...

May 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint


Not just a matter of luck

Sure, we were lucky Tuesday night, but much of that luck was no accident.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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