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Keep watching and plan to vote

Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field narrows, with the top rated candidates returning to meet ever more challenging questions.

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Kansas football playoff system needs a change

Here's a good one - "because that's the way it's always been done."

November 11, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A time to say thank you

At 11 p.m. Nov. 11, 1918, the guns fell silent across Europe as World War I came to an unofficial end with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919, which officially ended the "Great War."

November 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Panther Pride

Tomorrow night, the Great Bend High School Panthers will meet the Maize South Mavericks in their first play-off game in five years. It's thrilling to feel the excitement in the air and gratifying to have witnessed Coach Tony Crough turn around the attitudes of the players 180 percent in the past two years. He takes no credit, instead giving it back to the players and his staff, but the atmosphere he's created is clearly his handiwork.

November 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Royals’ magic

It's an age-old Cardinal rule - players play and coaches coach.

November 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


What are they thinking?

There is finally a groundswell of support locally for increased biking and walking opportunities. The efforts of Be Well Barton County, Barton County and the cities of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington are finally coming to fruition as a Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan is being developed.

November 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Warming trend

The fall chill is in the air, a sign winter will soon be here.

November 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time for exploration

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes knows Great Bend is a great place. Sadly, many folks don't get out and take advantage their hometown.

October 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


BOO!

If you have children and they haven't OD'ed on Halloween candy, they will get another chance on Saturday.

October 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


No tolerance for neglect

Surely it is a relief to all parties that the City of Ellinwood earlier this week made the decision to accept an offer from Mark and Cassie Batchman to purchase their property at 104 N. Main, making way to complete the demolition of two blighted properties on the city's two-block business district without risk of damaging a successful business.

October 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A housing opportunity

Two years ago, the city commissioned a housing needs study as part of its application for a Rural Housing Incentive District, a tax-credit program. The study quantified the need for housing at different levels and types. It also verified the shortage is expected to worsen if no incentives are put in place, and that the shortage is detrimental to the community's growth.

October 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


'The Rifleman'

The Ladies of the Grand Old Republic are helping to restore a GAR commissioned statue, "The Rifleman," in the Barton County Courthouse Square. But Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society, wonders who will step up next time.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


What's that sound?

Women for Kansas, the grassroots organization working to organize women in an effort to elect moderates to office throughout the state, wants to form more local chapters, and Great Bend is on their short list of desired communities. From a recent email sent to The Great Bend Tribune, "From laws affecting school funding to gun safety, "Women for Kansas" says many residents are unhappy with how the state is being run."It's easy for people to say, 'oh this would be different if we had someone else in office.' Well it's not enough to say 'someone different.' We ...

October 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Preventative measures

According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, Kansas ranks dead last in the continental United States in terms of immunization rates for the human papilloma virus. This virus plays a huge role in cervical, head and neck cancers in males and females, ages 9-26.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A mountain out of a molehill

It was announced this week that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has charged three voters in two counties of casting ballots illegally while voting in another state in the same elections. These are the first cases filed under a new state law giving him the power to prosecute election fraud allegations.

October 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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