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A civic responsibility

Barton County voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the county-wide general election. This is strictly a local election and an excellent opportunity to help guide our communities for years to come. With advance voting and absentee voting, casting ballots is easier that it ever has been in the past, give residents fewer reasons not to head to the polls.

April 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Just doing his job

In light of the criticism raised by conservative groups over Senator Jerry Moran's support of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, it's time we all refresh our memory of what the term conservatism actually means.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

A healthy cause

According to the American Public Health Association, Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents, due in part to the work of public health. That's the good news.

March 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The truth

Father Rene Guesnier would've made an excellent teacher, lawyer or a judge - any job where the truth mattered.

March 26, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Population loss

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas's population increased by 2 percent from 2010-12015, but that isn't the case for most of the Golden Belt.

March 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Laughing stock

Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Making strides

It was a modest improvement, but it was an improvement.

March 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Enjoy nature

Grab a pair of walking shoes, a bicycle or a set of disc golf frisbees. Spring is here and it is beckoning.

March 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


In January of 2012 Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics, commented on "the most negative election in U.S. history."

March 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Leaked bracket is fitting karma

We really like television - that's why we watch it every day.

March 16, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Teach your children well

Cleveland, Kansas City and Chicago.

March 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

​In plain sight?

The Great Bend Public Library is easy to find at 1409 Williams St., but the same building houses another business, the Central Kansas Library Sytem.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Let the sun shine in

National Sunshine Week begins today. This is the annual observance of open government, an event that hits close to home for us this year. With the Great Bend Tribune's stonewalled efforts to find out information about a fatal shooting and the unconstitutional efforts to slap a gag order on proceeding participants to prevent them from talking to the media, we have become more keenly aware of the need for openness.

March 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A case for manners

There's a lot more to manners than simply saying please and thank you and it's never been more evident than in recent weeks that it's time for parents to step in and do a better job of instilling manners in their children.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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Taking precautions

Sadly, there has been much wild speculation surrounding voter fraud and election rigging, This paranoia at the national level has rubbed off on some local ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Get outside

On a rural Barton County blacktop Sunday morning, a hawk could be heard screeching overhead. The early fall weather was cool but the sun was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The wisdom of youth

It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

October 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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