It is said that we the people have the power to shape our government. The ideals of democracy are enshrined in our Constitution, and it is these principles that have guided our great nation.
All of our first responders deserve pats on the back and our undying gratitude for what they do for us. From facing domestic violence calls to working accidents to running into burning buildings, they risk their lives for our safety.
Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.
Cheyenne Bottoms is a wetlands of international importance, attracting visitors from across the world.
The deadline to sign up this year for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans is only a week away. Now, the final push is on to get as many people as possible covered.
For the Central Plains High School girls and St. John-Hudson boys, it was truly a family affair after they swept state basketball championships in Manhattan Saturday.
Between spanking, opt-in sex education in schools, banning incompatibility divorces, banning surrogacy, to moving the date to change voter registrations from two weeks prior to the primary to prior to candidate filing deadline, to school finance, and gun rights, the Kansas Legislature has been very busy this year.
The approval of a project to install 32 bicycle safety awareness signs through Barton County by the County Commission Monday morning is a huge step forward in recognizing the growing importance of cycling in our area. The commissioners must be commended for their foresightful action.
As we approach the Tuesday, April 1, election, candidate supporters may want to make their opinions known. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.
It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.
In a sick, twisted sort of way, newspaper editorial writers around the state of Kansas may miss the 2014 legislative session. After all, seldom in the history of this esteemed body of lawmakers has there been a group of legislators who have offered as many inane bills on which for pundits can expound.
On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution by ordering the state to pay about $129 million dollars to the schools by July 1. The balance of funding requested by schools will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of "adequate" education.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.
The National Football League and its Commissioner Roger Goodell have been embroiled in a seething controversy since Sept. 8, when a video was released showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in an elevator.
September is Farm Safety Month and this upcoming week is Farm Safety and Health Week. The observance is a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
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.
My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.
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.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
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