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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


A move in the right direction

Janel Rose, Barton County health educator and Be Well Barton County coalition member, was absolutely right when she addressed count commissioners Monday morning. She presented the coalition's Barton County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, a document meant as a flexible road map to improve access to walking and biking opportunities.

March 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

We may have seen the last of Old Man Winter, but as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.

March 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Gun laws

Last week's mass shooting was closer to home than most. Four people died, including the gunman, and 14 were wounded in Hesston on Feb. 25.

March 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Local roads in good shape

As winter winds down and crumbling roadways emerge, a new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost U.S. drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years, or approximately $3 billion annually. With two-thirds of Americans concerned about potholes on local roadways, AAA cautions drivers to remain alert to avoid pothole damage, and urged state and local governments to fully fund and prioritize road maintenance to reduce vehicle damage, repair costs and driver frustration.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


There is a lot of good, too

There has been a dark cloud hanging over Great Bend High School, and by extension, the entire Unified School District 428 of late. Allegations of sexual assault against students by students on school buses have swirled in the media, creating a toxic mix of rumors mingled with few facts.

February 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Oh no he didn't!

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach had this to say at the Republican Party convention Feb. 20 in Overland Park, according to The Lawrence Journal World:

February 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Full steam ahead

It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The setting was the 94th-annual Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's banquet.

February 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be sure to buckle up

In 2015, according to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics, Kansas tragically lost 13 high school teens in motor vehicle crashes. Of those teens, nearly 40 percent were not properly restrained.

February 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​The case for art

This week Erin Renard, director of the Theater Department at Barton Community College, spoke to the Great Bend Kiwanis Club about the impact the arts have on a community.

February 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Working in the system

Criticism of administrators as well as students has been flying in the aftermath of an alleged incident that occurred on a Great Bend High School bus Feb. 6, 2016. In the days since, students from the high school have taken a stand by publicly protesting USD 428's handling of the disciplinary element of this alleged incident. And it is a big lesson for some in the way Democracy works in our country.

February 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellsworth County holds the cards

The most important decision in 2016 for Great Bend High School and Barton County is in the hands of Ellsworth County officials.

February 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A missed opportunity

The actions, or inactions, of the Unified School District 428 administration regarding the alleged sexual battery of Great Bend High School swim team members have been appalling. The refusal to comment, offer comfort to those involved or take on these heinous allegations head-on shows a failure of leadership.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Happy Valentines Day

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. It is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Way to know, Joe

This marks the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance that underscores the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. The theme ...

October 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Manners

Good behavior has been added to the curriculum at Great Bend USD 428 schools.

September 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Look beyond the debates

It was anticipated that the first presidential debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton which took place Monday night would draw an audience ...

September 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Setting a standard,for now

Kansas roads are in great shape, at least for the time being.

September 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A Woman’s View

I told Fred that this wonderful Fall weather deserves a rest from yard work. In fact, there is an awesome event going on this weekend ...

September 21, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Viewpoint


Keep those kids safe

Every day in Kansas children are traveling in vehicles, riding to and from school or sports practice, the grocery store, or heading to a friend ...

September 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get the shot

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that the flu affects between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population each year ...

September 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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