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Play nice

A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.

September 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


According to NFL, seeing is believing

My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.

September 11, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


West Nile Virus Positively identified in Barton County

Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.

September 10, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Time to be ready

Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?

September 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Plastic overload

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, the Associated Press reports.

September 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Where were they then?

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the hiring of Nelson Stone to demolish the historic old opera house at the corner of Forest and Williams in downtown Great Bend.

September 04, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Staying home A must during illness

In the U.S., we tend to have a mentality that no matter how bad we feel, we must drag ourselves to church, to work, to recreational activities. So when the sniffles, colds, influenza, and stomach flu attack, out the door we go.

September 03, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Fighting terrorism requires consensus

Fighting terrorism is no easy task.

September 02, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


It’s that time again

Fall is around the corner and students are back in the classroom for another school year. This means the annual inundation of school activities will begin very soon.

September 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Working for a living

Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.

August 30, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Warm wishes

"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.

August 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A challenging year

It's nice to know the system still works.

August 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pass or don’t pass

In a single day last year, 2,220 Kansas school bus drivers reported 798 instances of drivers illegally passing their stopped busses.

August 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A giving thing

Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."

August 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 431 proceeds with entrepreneurship project

USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).

August 20, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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More than sports

In case you live in a cave or under a rock, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet takes place Sunday, Feb. 1. This refers to much hyped Super Bowl XLIX.

January 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hard choice with lesser of two evils

It's a Super Bowl that even Dr. Evil would not appreciate.

January 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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


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