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Honoring EMS volunteers

The City of Hoisington has gone to great lengths over the past year to recruit and support a fine group of Emergency Medical Technicians. Several members of that community have made the commitment to go through extensive training, and to be on call for several hours a month in order to safeguard the community and those that pass through it. As their numbers increase, so does the reliability of the service, and that is to be congratulated.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Lawmakers, keep your ears open

A week from today, incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander will be in Great Bend, continuing community conversations titled Kansas Children. Kansas' Future, with a focus on reaching the business community. Earlier this year, Watson and members of the Kansas State Board of Education, held nearly 20 community meeting to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties. The idea was to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should ...

May 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Lawmakers, keep your ears open

A week from today, incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander will be in Great Bend, continuing community conversations titled Kansas Children. Kansas' Future, with a focus on reaching the business community. Earlier this year, Watson and members of the Kansas State Board of Education, held nearly 20 community meeting to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties. The idea was to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should ...

May 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A trashy problem

There have been several high-profile events in and around Great Bend of late, ranging from the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball and softball tournaments. These have brought scores of folks from out of town into our fine community.

May 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


No sale: Uber not in Kansas any more

The Kansas Legislature can usually be counted on to be pro-business. Too much regulation to protect air quality or clean water or workers' rights is bad.

May 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kids get free lunch in June

The countdown is on for the last day of school. And with the last day of school comes the last day many students will receive free and reduced lunch. This puts the squeeze on already tight wallets, and for some kids, that translates to either poor food choices or no food choices for at least part of the day.

May 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Pedal power

At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Local first responders are keeping it real

All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving the keys away to the city

Here's how dumb the Baltimore mayor is.

April 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Get moving

According to a survey released by the Physical Activity Council last week, the number of Americans who were "totally sedentary" last year jumped to its highest level since 2007.

April 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


What do you know?

Finally, a survey has been done that shows what most of us have known since the opening bell of the 2015 Kansas Legislature.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Walking a mile in he shoes

Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner wants area men to put themselves "in her shoes." By "her," she is referring to the countless women who suffer from sexual and domestic violence.

April 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Local help needed

It is a problem much bigger than many of us realize.

August 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pastor teaches a valuable lesson

A preacher transformed himself into a "homeless person," at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders ...

August 27, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A bad rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a large increase in the minimum salary threshold for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions (executive, professional and ...

August 25, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


New apartments cause for celebration

The fact that 24 new apartments were all leased by the time they became available shows how badly Great Bend needed something like The Reserves ...

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Forgetting isn’t an option

Monday, Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider reported the turnout at the immunization carnival held earlier this month wasn't as great as they ...

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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