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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


Get back to plan A

There's an old saying that suggests plan A is always easier than plan B.

February 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Culture is expressed in bumper stickers

Anyone who still remembers late Tribune Managing Editor Bob Fairbanks will remember that he was "Mr. Republican."

February 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Pot DUI needs to be addressed

It's something that states are going to have to address, and that socially conscious "consumers" are going to have to not only accept, but promote if they ever hope to legitimize their drug of choice.

February 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Be careful with encroachments

Kansas doesn't have enough issues to be address by our state legislature - job loss, brain drain, the necessity of cutting back the size of state government, the need to stop unfunded mandates aimed at counties, and at our property tax rates - so, since it's such a quiet season in Topeka, they've apparently decided to discuss whether there can or cannot be controls on people's lives that bring into the debate religious ethics versus homosexuality.

February 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Make an excuse, or make a difference

Kansas Rep. Connie O'Brien told the media this week that she "understands how her words could have been misconstrued."

February 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You only think food is more expensive

American didn't know just how lucky they were.

February 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Try a little respect for a change

Eventually, things could turn bad for Natalie Munroe, but for right now you've got to suppose she's in tall cotton.

February 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Root hog or die

It is time for Kansas to think outside the box.

February 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Catch someone doing something right

So many people today just don't have the gumption that is needed to succeed in this old world.

February 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Live by press, die by press

No one in their right mind - no one with any true character, in other words, no one who is NOT associated with the gossip TV industry, or who is not ingesting that bile constantly - is happy about the most recent news involving way-ward actress Lindsay Lohan, who is facing some potential real prison time now.

February 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's not personal, it's business

The Associated Press story was rather short, if not particularly sweet for some people:

February 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Law could point to the future

A lot of us are tired of seeing our legislators make law after law, just to ride the current wave of popular issues, when we already have plenty of legitimate laws on the books, which are not being enforced.

February 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Speech isn't alway free

Arturo Ramirez was just posting his own opinion on his own Facebook page. He was just exercising his rights to free speech.

February 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Don't be an idiot

If they are paying attention at all, Americans must be asking themselves what it will take for our nation to drop the business-as-usual agenda and start trying to work on real problems that threaten our standard of living, our advancement as a nation, even our very national security.

February 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Playing Chicken: Moran pushes for common sense

Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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