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​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


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


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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 ...

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 ...

June 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


National insecurity

The latest terrorist act in Florida could be perceived as a "hate crime," but it's terrorism nonetheless. He worked as a security officer at ...

June 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Come together

This spring an article three years in the making appeared in The Atlantic magazine. James Fallows wrote that while most Americans believe we are headed ...

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Be careful out there

It seems they go hand in hand – summer travel season and summer road construction projects.

June 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be patient

For some, the 2016 wheat harvest is underway and for others it is in the near future. Either way, it is time for all of ...

June 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Baylor’s shame

Baylor head football coach Art Briles has been dismissed. Baylor President Kenneth Starr will apparently still teach at Baylor.

June 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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