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Sharks vs. Jets it's not

On July 1, it will no longer be illegal to possess a switchblade knife in Kansas. Daggers, straight-edged razors and stilettos, once banned, will also be legal.

May 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Attorney General requests additional funding for lawsuits

Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, has requested an additional $1.2 million dollars from the state legislature to cover potential lawsuits over laws passed this year, according to the Associated Press and the Topeka Capital-Journal.

May 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The week usually starts on Sunday, or some would say Monday, but in Great Bend a new week starts tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).

April 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Time for internet sales tax

Finally, Congress is considering an internet sales tax for items purchased online called the Marketplace Fairness Act. Traditional brick and mortar businesses must be breathing a sigh of relief.

April 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

They're all right

Next week, hundreds of our local students plan to donate some time to their home town.

April 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Life is a dangerous prospect

As a nation, we have watched the incident in Boston and been saddened by the loss of life and cruelty exhibited by some unselfish, uncaring individual or individuals.

April 17, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Blank verse

Poetry and news aren't a good combination, in most cases. The classic example is a verse composed by fictional reporter Roy Bensinger of The Tribune in Ben Hect's play "The Front Page," which became a movie that was later remade as "His Girl Friday":

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Grand Slam

The boys and girls of summer may now be found year-round at the Great Bend Sports Complex, where a metal sculpture was unveiled Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

A hand-up; drug testing for welfare recipients

A hand-up

April 03, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Op Ed Day

Sometimes the Great Bend Tribune gets requests to run something on the Op Ed page. Usually, we tell people we don't have an Op Ed page, but letters are welcome.

March 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

No news; Bell Calif. council scandal happens without media

The city of Bell, Calif. has become infamous for the misappropriation of public funds over the last decade.

March 27, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

One hard lesson

There are lines that no one may cross, apparently.

March 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Abortion bill victimizes victims

Twelve-year-old girls are generally greatly interested in their hair, who's popular and who's not, and are embarrassed to be seen in public with their parents.

March 20, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Take the money

Gov. Sam Brownback needs to follow the example of at least eight other Republican governors – so far – and accept the offer of a federal Medicaid extension.

March 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Good Politics: Two sides come together

The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Get outside

On a rural Barton County blacktop Sunday morning, a hawk could be heard screeching overhead. The early fall weather was cool but the sun was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The wisdom of youth

It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

October 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Domestic violence stats alarming

The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic ...

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Has Your Smoke Alarm Expired?

This week marks Fire Prevention Week, and local and state safety officials urge all Kansas residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and ...

October 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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