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Protecting the land

The Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) will hold its annual Conservation Awards banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College.

January 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Casting light on a problem

It is too bad some folks don't have the common decency to respect public property.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to take note

It is said that all politics are local. In other words, when it comes down to brass tacks, voters really only care about what is going on in their own communities.

January 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The dream revisited

We have seen much racial strife in America of late. Shootings and rioting have shaped our current view of race relations.

January 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Core Values

When President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that he believes the private sector is the lifeblood of the economy, and that red tape needs to be cut, Congress expressed their appreciation for his words with applause. It felt like a window had been opened. Frankly, after months of televised debates by Republican Presidential candidates, it was hard to believe a Democrat had just said those words.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Strong leadership needed

The 2016 legislative session is just around the corner. It will come on the heels of a Kansas Department of Revenue report that notes tax revenue receipts fell short of expectations for December 2015.

January 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Moderation: New guidelines released

The government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday, recommending limiting sugar and saturated fat, eating less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Be true to yourself

As the new year arrives, it is the time that many of us will sit down and set a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. One of those resolutions should be to take some simple steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

January 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Environmental resolutions

This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Heating up

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. In 2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated average of 56,000 reported home fires per year, which caused 470 deaths, 1,490 injuries and $1 billion in direct property damage.

January 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be it resolved ...

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

January 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


2016: Happy New Year, baby

It's Jan. 1, 2016.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Think before you give

As the year draws to a close, many charities reach out for donations to make ends meet, However, scammers and con artists are also wanting your money and and use fake charities to get into your pockets. Fortunately, there is a way to find out if the cash you are shelling out is truly going to people in need.

December 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Prevention and planning

As many of us prepare to visit family and friends over the Christmas holiday, they will be joining throngs of Americans going over the river and through the woods. The American Automobile Association reports that travel by car remains the most popular mode of transportation.

December 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Don’t lose sight, change is good

Anyone who has ever been involved with change, and that's everyone, can agree that its not easy. After all, most change is required because something isn't working anymore, and it got that way because it was easier to maintain the status quo for long enough that problems arose.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


New-found freedom

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take yourself out to the ball game

Great Bend has really stepped up to the plate in a big way.

May 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the ...

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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