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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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Stormy weather

In the Golden Belt recently, we've gone from warm to cold and from rain to snow, all in the matter of one day., We all know just what can be dished out by Mother Nature. But, as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Setting the pace

"Where else can a dollar donated touch so many lives," said Rick Chochon, United Way of Central Kansas pacesetter co-chair and United Way Board member. He was addressed the UWCK's first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon Thursday afternoon. It was an opportunity to honor the top 15 payroll companies and other special award winners.

February 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrations create lifetime memories

I admit it.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Measles protection makes good sense

Delaying vaccines is a waste of time and could be dangerous to your children. And no, foreigners are not bringing most measles cases into the U.S.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Good things are happening

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet took place Saturday night. A full house at the Convention Center heard a about the strides made in the business community.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Buckle up!

Why buckle up?

February 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Presumed innocent

Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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