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Pop goes the holiday

Barton County officials weren't ready to put the kibosh on fireworks for this Independence Day, but that's mainly because it's so late in the game.

June 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Taxpayers don't get an escort

It's astonishing what ends up being controversial.

June 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Al is certainly no pal

If you got to the Wikipedia Internet encyclopedia, and if you look up Bill Clinton, you are told that he was the 42nd president and that he was in office from 1993 to 2001.

June 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


They are unsocial media

For the uninitiated, the world is currently dealing with yet another in a seemingly endless variety of ways that we can be special and different. This time we do it through our Internet fixation and we call it "social media."

June 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to rise above the past

A Barack Obama impersonator, apparently without meaning to, has set what ought to be the tone of the coming presidential election campaign.

June 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Happy Father's Day

American dads are supposed to be remembered today.

June 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Goose is cooked

Waste not want not, our ancestors said, and they meant it.

June 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Parking fines are out of hand

The top 15 parking ticket violators in our state capitol owe a total of more than $175,000 in unpaid tickets.

June 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Long may it wave

"It's a grand old flag."

June 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Just keep the talk open, please

The Kansas State Board of Education is goin' back to class during the summer vacation, but they're not dealing with the 3Rs, unless "responsibility" has taken the place of 'rithmatic. And maybe it should.

June 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We'll take the money, even with the zombies

In 2009, when drivers in Austin, Texas saw the zombie warning signs, they were part of a computer hack, but soon when they are seen in Georgia they won't be a joke.

June 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Trash can become as expensive as treasure

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is an American proverb.

June 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Rural discrimination is real

There was a time when the rural aspect of society in our nation was cherished.

June 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We'll miss you, Matt

It didn't make all that big of a splash, but James Arness died Friday.

June 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Enjoy free fishing this weekend

If you thought you might like to try your hand at fishing this year, but you just weren't sure ...

June 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Articles by Section - Viewpoint


Get those immunizations

In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, a the BCHD office, 1300 Kansas.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places, they don't have many options, as the market for re-using and recycling mattresses is very small.

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason to push ratings.

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Keeping them out of jail

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger summed up what her agency does in one sentence Monday morning. "Our program is to keep people out of prison."

July 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reduce and reuse

Last week, the Barton County Commission granted $15,000 Sunflower Diversified Services to help bolster its recycling efforts. The county wisely includes $15,000 under Solid Waste Budget for recycling that its awards locally for this important function.

July 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Weather training pays off

I love those National Weather Service training sessions.

July 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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