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Just buckle up, for crying out loud

For crying out loud - just put on the stupid belt.

May 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to do more with less

It would be appealing to believe that the move that is already underway in Cherokee - located south of Pittsburg, in southeast Kansas - and that is rumored elsewhere in the state, is NOT being done to try to get local taxpayers angry at state officials.

May 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


See the view from home -- it's cheaper

The tourism industry promoters are working overtime, first trying to convince Americans that it's safe - not to go back into the water - to get back out and travel.

May 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


At least the CEOs will be OK

Just in case you were worried, you can rest easier now. The news came through recently that America's top paid business executives are getting better pay, again.

May 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's gonna be a long wait

Kenny Nguyen is really hoping that a bunch of people will come back and pay him for his under-priced gas.

May 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


What goes up must come down -- safe or not

You see it on TV all the time, especially, it seems, in the Middle East.

May 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Good riddance, Kal-Schmuck

The Man of Steel can go slide up a weed.

May 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Bureaucrats lie because it's convenient

Every time a national politician or elected official or hired-thug bureaucrat makes a sound that suggests the United States needs to be more like Europe, they should be removed from office or fired.

May 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Someone needs to take action

Many of us have seen the videos, captured on people's cell phones and then downloaded onto the Internet.

May 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We call it 'free speech' in America

Believe it or not, and there is a growing segment of our nation that is clearly on the "not" side, Mike Heick is precisely the person that our Bill of Rights were written to protect.

May 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Learn not to burn

The good news is, according to the experts it's not supposed to stay this blasted hot for too long.

May 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Let's respect our flag

In Ohio, they've got a bunch of folks hopping mad because of a flagpole malfunction that was believed to have international overtones.

May 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We should be able to choose

Kansans need to pay attention to what is happening in Topeka these days and they need to keep it in mind longer than it takes to watch a sitcom, if we want to improve government in our home state. They need to remember it when elections roll around again, frankly.

May 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We need to remember our 'neighbors'

You gotta feel for the folks down in the southeast who were smashed with the full force of nature this past week.

May 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We need to take security seriously

Maybe Americans can develop some objectivity in the wake of this week's news of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, maybe we can understand the dangers that still face our nation, maybe.

May 04, 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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