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Try a different profession

When they are dealing with taxpayers in the private sector who shouldered bigger burdens decades ago, it should come as no surprise that there is getting to be less and less sympathy for public workers who not only don't want to pay their fair share, but who show contempt for our system of government in the process.

July 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


OK Kansas, gravy is NOT a food group

If there is one thing we like to do in Kansas, it's eat.

July 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Entertainment doesn't have to be true

Next year CBS could have Jackie Gleason host the Fourth of July program in Boston.

July 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Courtesy goes a long way towards success

Imagine this: American cities are learning they need to rethink how they do stuff because of the aging of the population.

July 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Sit down and shut up

Good for the staff at the Alamo Cinema in Austin.

July 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Surprise! You lost!

Earlier this summer, someone won $25,000 on a slot machine in Pennsylvania. Only they really didn't win, according to the state officials, even though they were allowed to keep the money. And in the process of all this mess, there are questions about just when a winner becomes a loser.

July 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's so hot, that ...

We are in that stretch of the summer.

July 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


" ... they are endowed ..."

"...they are endowed ..."

July 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Way to go!

Every so often you come across these human interest stories that suggest you are only as old as you believe you are.

June 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Shooters are responsible

Local officials continued discussions about fireworks around Barton County this week.

June 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Pop goes the holiday

Barton County officials weren't ready to put the kibosh on fireworks for this Independence Day, but that's mainly because it's so late in the game.

June 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Taxpayers don't get an escort

It's astonishing what ends up being controversial.

June 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Al is certainly no pal

If you got to the Wikipedia Internet encyclopedia, and if you look up Bill Clinton, you are told that he was the 42nd president and that he was in office from 1993 to 2001.

June 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


They are unsocial media

For the uninitiated, the world is currently dealing with yet another in a seemingly endless variety of ways that we can be special and different. This time we do it through our Internet fixation and we call it "social media."

June 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to rise above the past

A Barack Obama impersonator, apparently without meaning to, has set what ought to be the tone of the coming presidential election campaign.

June 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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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


Misfire:'Constitutional Carry' legislation not needed

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wichita East misses a teaching moment

It was a classic teaching moment for Wichita East High School parents, teachers and administrators.

April 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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