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Area fun

Summer is a super time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and the great many local activities.

July 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


A melting pot

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes hit the nail on the head when she described Great Bend the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

July 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safety first

Such a tragedy, the drowning deaths of so many people this summer.

July 19, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Bank fail: Regulations make sense

With Dems and Republicans seemingly at a stalemate in Washington, D.C., it's encouraging to see a bipartisan effort being proposed by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), along with Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Angus King (I-Maine), and for something the country really needs. They have proposed the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act," restoring some provisions that were stripped from the Banking Act of 1933 back in 1999.

July 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Keeping us safe

Without blinking an eye, they put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe from Mother Nature, accidents and the bad guys out there. They are the first responders who jump into the breech with out questioning what is on the other side.

July 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Band of neighbors

The final Great Bend City Band concert of the 2013 season will open at 8:15 Tuesday at the Crest. For anyone who hasn't taken the time yet to attend one of these performances, you don't know what you are missing.

July 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


More OzSome

If you haven't been to the Barton County Fair yet this week, time is running out.

July 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Feral pigs

The feral pig problem has spread across the nation and could eventually result in higher prices for food for all consumers, including Kansans. Fortunately, none have been found in Barton County.

July 10, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


A 'fair' time for all

The latest installment of the Barton County Fair begins Wednesday. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation of common sense.

July 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A worthy project

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 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Not a hate group?

Westboro Baptist Church is officially not a hate group, the Obamma Administration said this week.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Protecting Our Independence

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 | Viewpoint


Go ahead, be patriotic

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.

July 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s hot out there

Summer has arrived with a vengeance. Although temperatures are a little cooler this weekend than they have been recently, the dangers presented by heat remain.

June 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Court makes adoption case

The Supreme Court made the right decision in Adoptive Couple V. Baby Girl case on Tuesday when a girl, Veronica, who had been adopted did not have to be turned over to her birth father.

June 26, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | 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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