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You asked for it

Oh, my, wasn't it just so touching when Charlie Sheen was able to sober up long enough this weekend to wish his former cast members well as he attempts to drag himself out of the pits of his self-induced has-been status for about the 10th time in his relatively short life?

September 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


She just isn't responsible -- for anything

Apparently the legal giants who have once again shown that justice is blind, deaf and dumb in America have come to believe their own publicity and really think that Casey Anthony is a legal untouchable in our system.

September 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's all about tough police work

Times are tough all over.

September 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


TV makes you stupid

Many of us are "young" enough to remember when we were warned not to sit too close to the TV or you'd go blind.

September 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We can still pray for our nation

It seems especially poignant that today, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America, a person who has been blessed in ways the rest of us can only dream, has chosen to take a stand against the expression of prayer for our nation.

September 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Public sex isn't a right

Ohio is in trouble for daring to suggest that naked dancing girls shouldn't do anything besides dance.

September 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Show some respect

Whether it's Sen. Jim DeMint, who spoke out this week, or any other serving member of Congress, suggesting they are going to blow off this week's joint session and the president's speech is just wrong.

September 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It shouldn't be a tough choice

On the one hand, you have taxpayers at home whose homes are threatened.

September 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We don't want to go 'hog wild'

Anyone who's been around feral animals and who have been paying attention has noticed we have a problem, and believe it or not, that means anyone who has just been paying attention, because we are all surrounded by feral animals whether we notice them or not.

September 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


A Labor Day prayer

There are a lot of slants applied to the meaning of this long weekend.

September 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Wild attacks are on the rise

It seems to have been the summer for wild animal attacks around our nation, and that should come as no great surprise, actually, because we continue to encroach on wildlife habitat.

September 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


So close, already

So close, already.

September 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You get what you pay for

It's one of the great things about the free enterprise system.

August 31, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We all need to win

According to the Associated Press, Hutchinson will turn darker this Christmas season. And that should come as good news to Great Bend, right?

August 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We can be proud of the Old Guard

For those who aren't aware of it, this region has a connection with one of our oldest military units.

August 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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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


A time to reflect and look forward

Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A dirty job

At times, Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker's and City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's positions may be unpleasant.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hill’s mission helped others

It took a life-altering disease to change the focus for Lauren Hill.

April 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Government in action

Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.

April 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.

April 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Coming together

It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make the trip

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo opens Wednesday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s our duty

Your voice counts.

April 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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