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Internet sales tax needed

It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.

March 11, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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In a sick, twisted sort of way, newspaper editorial writers around the state of Kansas may miss the 2014 legislative session. After all, seldom in the history of this esteemed body of lawmakers has there been a group of legislators who have offered as many inane bills on which for pundits can expound.

March 10, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


No easy answers

On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution by ordering the state to pay about $129 million dollars to the schools by July 1. The balance of funding requested by schools will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of "adequate" education.

March 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Real estate

The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.

March 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


House Bill 2210 attempt to control voters

Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.

March 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

With all of our minds still thawing out after the recent winter storms, it may be tough to ponder the upcoming severe weather season. But, it will soon be upon us.

March 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Know the drill

Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

February 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wrestlers deserve well-earned respect

Larned's High's Kaiden Reed is his school's lone representative at the Class 4A state wrestling championship at Salina. Reed drew a defending state champion in his first match.

February 27, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Senatorial race

The Topeka Capital Journal broke a story on Feb. 22, 2014 about U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf who is running against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

February 26, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Taking stock of what we have

It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The forum was the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

February 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


City getting goosed

Blame it on the geese choking the lake, lawn-care chemical run-off from nearby homes or shear age, but Veterans Memorial Lake has a serious problem with toxic blue-green algae. This has made the popular recreational area murky for years, and the solution to the issue remains just as clouded.

February 22, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Reality TV?

Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Don't forget to shovel after snow storms

The golden belt area has received an abundance of snow this year. Our crops this summer will appreciate the water that is soaking in the ground now.

February 19, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


HB 2453 ill-advised

The Kansas House of Representatives Wednesday passed by a 72-49 vote House Bill 2453, the short title of which is "Protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." It now goes to the state Senate.

February 17, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A golden lesson

A little over a week ago, there was a Special Olympics Kansas regional basketball tournament in Plainville. Participating were a handful of teams from the vast northwestern part of the state, including teams from the Barton County Storm.

February 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Time for better communication

The furor over the Central Kansas Library System's new sign at Broadway and Stone is unfortunate for many reasons.

May 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

One could hardly travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people working yards and public spaces. They were everywhere.

April 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Is this the governor’s legacy?

Kansas legislators will return from their spring break Wednesday to face a daunting task, they must close projected budget gaps totaling about $290 million.

April 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A cooperative effort

For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal ...

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


History repeats itself at LSH

Back in 2013, it was Tristan Shaver, Melissa Strain and Elizabeth Earegood who shined a light on inhumane working conditions at the Larned State Hospital ...

April 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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