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Shift happens

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his administration has made political hay by downsizing government, consolidating agencies and other tactics to make the state run more efficiently and save money. It seems, however, that these tactics are merely parlor games – slight-of-hand tricks to take the public's eyes off of what is really being done.

January 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Know the options

High school seniors owe it to themselves to sign up for the annual Barton Community College Senior Day on Feb. 8 – even if they already have plans to attend another college – or no college – after graduation.

January 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Rep. Tim Huelskamp consistent on beliefs

To everyone planning on unseating Rep. Tim Huelskamp - good luck.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Oversharing-just because we can doesn't mean we should

Cell phone use on airplanes may soon be coming in airplane flights. Some foreign flights already allow this.

January 22, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The dream revisited

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

January 18, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Confusing

The job of Barton County election officials is to follow the laws of the state, so if the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act says voter registrations are no good until the applicants show up at the courthouse wearing an I {heart} Kris Kobach T-shirt, then we'd better get our shirt orders in if we want to vote.

January 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dog Park-a tremendous asset to the community

The Great Bend Dog Park is a tremendous asset to the city.

January 16, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Good Samaritans deserving heroes

If you've ever wondered about God's presence, just visit with Jason Friesen.

January 15, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Local lessons

The Kansas Legislature opened its 2014 90-day session Monday with a lot on its collective mind. There are new faces in the House and nervousness about a yet-unseen ruling from the state Supreme Court on education funding.

January 13, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Well grounded decision

The Essential Air Service program dates back to 1978 and the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act. The act gave airlines almost total freedom to determine which markets to serve domestically and what fares to charge for that service.

January 11, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


On Target

Improved marketing for Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich was on a recent list of things we said we'd like to see in the new year. This has also been on the minds of people at the college, it turns out.

January 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Jury is still out

Just because we decriminalize an activity, doesn't make it a good idea.

January 08, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Our schools are still a success

There is so much wringing of hands over the state of American students and how they lag other international students in rote memorization of facts, particularly China.

January 08, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Environmental resolutions

This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.

January 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it a priority

On Thursday, U.S. regulator dished out relaxed school meal rules designed to combat childhood obesity by limiting in calories and portion sizes. The move made permanent temporary rules changes adopted two years ago.

January 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Local help needed

It is a problem much bigger than many of us realize.

August 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pastor teaches a valuable lesson

A preacher transformed himself into a "homeless person," at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders ...

August 27, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A bad rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a large increase in the minimum salary threshold for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions (executive, professional and ...

August 25, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


New apartments cause for celebration

The fact that 24 new apartments were all leased by the time they became available shows how badly Great Bend needed something like The Reserves ...

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Forgetting isn’t an option

Monday, Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider reported the turnout at the immunization carnival held earlier this month wasn't as great as they ...

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


With school come thoughts of fall

For everything, there is a season. And even as temperatures still hover in the 90s, school starts this week, ushering in thoughts of the pending ...

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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