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They understand, they just don't care

In the great 1986 Sci-Fi movie, "Aliens," the movie's heroine, Ripley, asked the pointed question that has sprung to mind for many of us in the recent past: "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"

March 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Let our energy industry do its job

Experts at Wolf Creek power plant are studying what is going on right now in Japan, and that is a terrific relief to all of us who have been losing sleep over the possibility of a Kansas-syndrome event.

March 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

If you cut, it will bleed

Most of us have had the conversation with our kids that is now being played out from local communities, to the Congress and even on, overseas.

March 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Watch it, you twit

Many of you already do it, blame it on who you will, but you really do. You try to be funny, making observations that tend towards the crude and rude.

March 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Ready or not, weather is coming

OK, it is true that earlier this week we were concerned about whether we were going to get hit with blizzard conditions again.

March 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Get into the swing of economics

Back in the '60s, when you didn't bother to clean up your room and your mom carried out her threat and pitched that comic book you'd left laying on the floor, she probably didn't realize how her actions would contribute to an astonishing element of inflation in our culture, but the scarcity of certain "graphic novels" is creating amazing opportunities today.

March 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

At least consider family values

It seems in today's society there is little that will get you in trouble quicker than to dare to stand up for traditional families.

March 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Threats are not funny


March 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Free speech isn't 'free'

One of the signs that we are seeing a failure of the very core values that are supposed to make the United States different from other nations?

March 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Thank ya' very much, Hungary

Thank ya', thank ya' very much.

March 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Cuts are usually unpopular

You can always tell when things are getting desperate in America. They bring out the celebrities.

March 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Making sense of congress

David Henderson, a Korean War veteran long suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, applied 15 days past the deadline for enhanced care under a 2001 veterans-benefits law and thus was, as required by the statute, disqualified from the additional benefits.

March 01, 2011 | | Viewpoint

We're sicker than Charlie Sheen

This was going to be an editorial reflecting on the mess Charlie Sheen has made of his life and career, but he's become such an embarrassment to himself that it really doesn't bear comment any longer.

March 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Heritage is made up of the details

Ben Franklin said that to call an American an Englishman was like calling an ox a bull - he appreciates the compliment, but he'd rather have back what is rightfully his.

February 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

Don't laugh at me

Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin wrote the incredible song, "Don't Laugh at Me" in the '90s after Shamblin's daughter came home from school, upset because the kids were teasing her because she had freckles.

February 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint

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Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

‚ÄčA vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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