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All-star game is a nightmare

Ever since Commissioner Bud Selig determined to make the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game "mean something," it's been a joke.

July 12, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Tribune letter policy reviewed

With the Aug. 2 primary election looming, the Great Bend Tribune has started to receive candidate endorsement letters to the editor. The Tribune ran its policy regarding such letters earlier, but it wouldn't hurt to run it again, so here it is.

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Why we don’t trust government

Back in elementary school when I learned the branches of government it was really quite simple. The Legislative Branch made the laws, the Executive Branch enforced the laws and the Judicial Branch interpreted the laws. Of course by high school, we learned there was a little more to it, but it still was not overly complex-in addition to the original equation, the Legislative Branch also allocated funds for the government, the Executive Branch also administered government and the Judicial Branch also made certain everything was constitutional. It never seemed too difficult to understand how it worked

July 09, 2016 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Give it a try

There has been much hoopla over the planned Great Bend Transload Facility to be located in the Great Bend Industrial Park west of town. The project has been in the works for about a year and the deal was consummated with a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the construction site.

July 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stepping up momentum

For four years, Be Well Barton County has been working to make strides in the health of the county, and their work is beginning to really pay off. Earlier this week, the group presented $2,082 to the Great Bend City Council to be used for the further development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The group also offered some well thought out suggestions.

July 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Showcasing what is important

The 2016 Barton County Fair opens this week. This annual tradition is a showcase for youth and adults from all over the county to demonstrate talents and be get the recognition they justly deserve. It is also an opportunity for the county to join for a week of family entertainment.

July 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Words to live by

Every year, we Americans come together to celebrate the Fourth of July as Independence Day. This, we believe, is our nation's birthday. But he Continental Congress actually decided to declare independence on July 2, 1776.

July 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Happy 4th of July

"It's Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas." - Stephen Colbert

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A sprinkling of concern

Splash pads are a heck of a lot of fun, and are becoming popular in communities all over the country now. They allow children to cool off and have water fun on hot, summer days. Their caretakers can rest and enjoy observing their play, or join in if the mood strikes.

June 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Beating incumbent never an easy task

HUTCHINSON - Dr. Roger Marshall exhibited the confidence of a serious challenger to reigning First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. Great Bend's Marshall had the poise to say the right things and make all the right moves, starting and ending with handshakes with Huelskamp and all of the panelists.

June 29, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Be careful and courteous

Monday will be the Fourth of July, and many will celebrate our nation's Independence Day by shooting off fireworks.

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Nice to see

Sadly, this is a time when Congressional Republicans thumb their noses at Democrats and Democrats plop themselves down on the floor, and when state lawmakers and our governor rum rough-shod over us Kansans. Somewhere along the line, political civility has left the building, at least on the state and national stages.

June 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Foolish cuts

Friday morning the Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities will hold a rally in Topeka protesting the governor's order to cut Senior Care Act (SCA) in-home services by $2.1 million, 30 percent.

June 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bike and Build offers promise

ST. JOHN - Bike and Build offers everything that makes the United States great.

June 23, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Election letters

Well, here we are, smack in the middle of another election year with the Aug. 9 primary looming. Elections always stoke the editorial furnace here at the Tribune, and this year should be no different with several contested races at the local and state levels. With some candidate endorsement letters anticipated to trickle in and some campaigns starting to call and ask about how to make such submissions, it is a good time to offer a refresher course on out political campaign letter policy.

June 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Keep cool

High summer temperatures pose a health risk, but not everyone has a place to cool off. RSVP/Volunteers in Action has organized a network of ...

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Democratic party: business as usual

Thank goodness for WikiLeaks.

July 28, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


What matters?

With shootings of police officers and shootings of black men sharing the spotlight of media attention in this country, there is one angle to the ...

July 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The new political ‘odor’

With the divisive presidential race and Big First congressional slug fest, many are complaining that they are not being heard. In some corners, folks are ...

July 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The heat is on

Well folks, summer is here with the high temperatures expected to be in the 90s and 100s for the next several days.

July 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Informed voters

This week the Great Bend League of Women Voters hosted a local candidates forum and as usual they put a lot of work into it ...

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Make room for old and new

When the USD 431 Technology team reported to the Board of Education Monday night about their experience at the International Society of Technology in Education ...

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A fitting tribute

LARNED - When the American Legion Riders started several years ago in Larned, Gary Hiestand was a charter member.

July 19, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Get outside and enjoy it

It is amazing what one can see from the back of a bicycle. A casual, informal tour of Great Bend can prove this point.

July 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


In the political campaign, remember to duck

We are embroiled in what many say is the nastiest political campaign in years. Sadly, what was once reserved for the national level has spilled ...

July 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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