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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


Statehouse renovation is huge embarrassment

Kansas legislators should be embarrassed.

September 11, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


'Bad' idea

Citizen Brick is a company that makes custom-printed Lego-type figures.

September 11, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Home-grown entertainment

With talk of launching cruise missiles at Syria, the looming federal debt crisis and uncertainty of the future of health care, it may seem like an odd time to look at butter sculptures and eat Pronto Pups. But, that's not the case.

September 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Simple changes

It may be a first in Great Bend and let's only hope it isn't the last. This refers to the covered bicycle rack on the west side of the Great Bend Public Library.

September 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Ocean messages

The world was in awe Monday after 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, covering 110 miles in just under 53 hours.

September 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Evil always exists

The Great Bend Tribune's Sunday edition featured an Associated Press story about the Bender crimes, which were a series of murders that happened 140 years ago in Labette County.

September 04, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Go and support our kids

It may not feel much like fall, but regardless of the temperatures, school is back in session. That means the annual spate of school activities is set to begin.

September 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Working it out

The digital sign outside the Great Bend Convention Center features among its rotating images a lit and flaming barbecue grill. Across it are the words "Happy Labor Day."

August 31, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Labor Day: It's time to raise $7.25

Thursday was a day of protest in cities across the nation, with fast food workers calling for the $7.25 minimum wage to more than double, to $15 per hour.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Encourage justice

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King presented a speech in Washington D.C. that galvanized a generation into action and ultimately moved African-Americans into the mainstream of society.

August 29, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Resting easy

With all the hubbub over the embattled Great Bend Convention center it could be easy to assume the hospitality industry in this community is lacking or is in some way inferior to that in towns our size. Coffee talk chatter is rife with stories of problems faced by travelers and convention goers.

August 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Innovative education

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has recognized Stafford High School as one of the most innovative schools in the state.

August 28, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Don’t be fooled

With the recent rains, it may be easy to forget the drought that still grips much of Kansas and the western United States. It may also be easy to overlook the long-term impact of what we do with our water.

August 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Just call

Yes, you, too, can make a difference. What's more, it doesn't take much.

August 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Get those immunizations

In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, a the BCHD office, 1300 Kansas.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places, they don't have many options, as the market for re-using and recycling mattresses is very small.

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason to push ratings.

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Keeping them out of jail

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger summed up what her agency does in one sentence Monday morning. "Our program is to keep people out of prison."

July 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reduce and reuse

Last week, the Barton County Commission granted $15,000 Sunflower Diversified Services to help bolster its recycling efforts. The county wisely includes $15,000 under Solid Waste Budget for recycling that its awards locally for this important function.

July 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Weather training pays off

I love those National Weather Service training sessions.

July 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A tough call

The debacle with our Kansas Legislature and Governor Sam Brownback has claimed another victim, this one close to home.

July 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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