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Happy Father's Day

American dads are supposed to be remembered today.

June 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Goose is cooked

Waste not want not, our ancestors said, and they meant it.

June 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Parking fines are out of hand

The top 15 parking ticket violators in our state capitol owe a total of more than $175,000 in unpaid tickets.

June 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Long may it wave

"It's a grand old flag."

June 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Just keep the talk open, please

The Kansas State Board of Education is goin' back to class during the summer vacation, but they're not dealing with the 3Rs, unless "responsibility" has taken the place of 'rithmatic. And maybe it should.

June 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We'll take the money, even with the zombies

In 2009, when drivers in Austin, Texas saw the zombie warning signs, they were part of a computer hack, but soon when they are seen in Georgia they won't be a joke.

June 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Trash can become as expensive as treasure

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is an American proverb.

June 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Rural discrimination is real

There was a time when the rural aspect of society in our nation was cherished.

June 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We'll miss you, Matt

It didn't make all that big of a splash, but James Arness died Friday.

June 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Enjoy free fishing this weekend

If you thought you might like to try your hand at fishing this year, but you just weren't sure ...

June 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Blanchett blanches industry

When movie star, incredibly wealthy, so very important Cate Blanchett flies - and flies and flies and flies - all around the world for her career and the parties and the other perks that separate her and her chums from us ordinary working drays, she buys a ticket just like anyone else.

June 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We are charged to keep the faith

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

May 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Kansas needs to get serious about DUI

Finally.

May 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Turn off the tube and get a life

Face it.

May 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Our girls are not 'fair game'

America: Are your daughters and granddaughters worth protecting, or not?

May 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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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


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


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