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To your health

In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.

October 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pay the Bills

Senators who want to reduce government spending have a point, but those looking to score points by shutting down the government to attack the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are just looking after their own selfish interests. It's time for the moderates on the left and right to take charge and act in the best interest of our nation.

October 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Virtual Schools

When the personal computer came out in the late twentieth century, the world changed forever. They were clunky machines, but they took over jobs that once were done by hand.

October 02, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Let’s get along

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That could be said of the proposed Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line that will pass through Barton County.

September 30, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Worthy causes

October marks National Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is planning an event for Oct. 7 and want to paint the town purple to raise awareness of this life- and family-shattering problem that often exists in the shadows.

September 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Big Brother is Watching

Security cameras are everywhere. If you look for them, you can often see them – keeping an eye on places where people gather. Our banks, businesses, offices and schools – not to mention student housing – are under surveillance.

September 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A no brainer

It took guts for David Roach to stand before the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The 55-year-old Great Bend man has had his share of problems with drugs, alcohol and the law over the years.

September 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pawnee Valley’s Heyn deserves recognition

In typical fashion, Matt Heyn maintained his low profile during Sunday's ribbon-cutting for Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

September 23, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A lot going on

There is a lot happening in Great Bend this month. "There is something for everyone this month," Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. "Come experience something different."

September 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Cheerful giving

It's been said that God loves a cheerful giver, but there's nothing wrong with being a smart giver as well. One way to know that a donation is being used for the intended purpose is to give locally.

September 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dreams come true CKDC a plus for county

The Central KS Dream Center is, well, a dream come true for those in the county who the people caught in the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness that need extensive help but that help is unavailable in many situations.

September 18, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


A melting pot

It's not that the Miss America Pageant is the pinnacle of American culture, but the program Sunday night showed that the event was truly more than a beauty contest.

September 16, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Improving the world

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." These words by American anthropologist Margaret Mead certainly ring true.

September 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Summer Fun

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but in fact autumn is more than a week away.

September 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bedtimes books a plus

Recent studies indicate that parents are reading to children less and less with video games taking its place.

September 11, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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Please say what you really mean

I'm confused.

July 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Founding ideas - Quotes for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers - and one Founding Mother.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Take care with fireworks

Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


There is a lot to do

In case you couldn't guess, with the heat, wind and combines, summer has arrived.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We are in this together

Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The “Father Factor”

Father's Day is much more than a time to give and receive neck ties and coffee mugs or to golf and barbecue.

June 21, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) | Viewpoint


Happy Fathers’ Day

Dads make a difference and dads are really important. Studies have consistently demonstrated that fathers – whether they live with their children or not, matter in the lives of their kids.

June 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Not all Royals are all-stars

Now, I realize if the Kansas City Royals were a T-ball team, what their fans are doing would be fine.

June 19, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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