Memorial Parks Advisory Committee Chairman Larry Buczinski Monday morning gave an update to the Barton County Commission on the effort to build a veterans memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
July is a special month for many Americans. Most of us will eagerly take a break from our busy summer schedules to once again celebrate Independence Day. There will be much fanfare with fireworks, parades, picnics, and other patriotic events celebrating our country's independence from Great Britain in 1776. But when the festivities have ended, only a few will have reflected upon the true meaning of independence and the role it has played in shaping our nation's character.
July 03, 2013|
Edward P. Cross
President Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
Barton County residents are preparing to join Americans nationwide in celebrating the Fourth of July Thursday. It is a time to reflect on what it means to be a resident of the United States and feel a swelling pride in our country. There is nothing wrong with that, a Kansas State University researcher said.
It was purely by journalistic happenstance that the Great Bend Tribune, and in turn, its readers know about the oil wells being proposed in the area of Cheyenne Bottoms. A source told a reporter about it, otherwise, the public would have never known.
Father's Day was founded in 1910 in Spokane, Wash., by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Despite support from President Woodrow Wilson, there was resistance from Congress which feared it would become to commercialized. So, it did not have much success initially.
The Common Core standards are being talked about a lot these days. The Common Core is simply a set of educational standards that are the same from state to state and are designed for students to be career ready when they graduate from high school. They are reasonable and make sense. The state legislature should let the state school board decide what is best for students.
Breastfeeding is a normal and natural function and, since the beginning of time, has allowed human beings to get a good start on life. Not only are infants fed the healthiest milk designed for their bodies, they develop their first relationship.
At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.
All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.
Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.
There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.
When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.