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Building hope

Habitat for Humanity doesn't give anything away. The nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for people with lower incomes requires prospective home owners to put some "sweat equity" into the project. In other words, if Habitat volunteers are building a home for someone, the recipient is expected to help with the work.

May 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


An easy decision

Most parents do everything they can to protect their children by slathering on sunscreen, putting on bike helmets, and holding hands while crossing the street. They love that child more than life itself.

May 29, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Ironic freedom

On Thursday, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that establishes "Celebrate Freedom Week" during the week of Sept. 17 and requires schools to teach students about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in grades K-8 each year during that week. (Sept. 17, 1787, is the date the U.S. Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia.)

May 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Copper recycling

Copper recycling can be a good thing coming out of old air conditioning or plumbing during replacement. Copper is a non-renewable resource, and apparently recycled copper is worth nearly as much as new copper.

May 22, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Lack of supervision is cause for concern

Perhaps a Congressional inquiry about the Internal Revenue Service providing extra scrutiny targeting political groups should not be a surprise.

May 22, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is a founding principle of our country. Freedom of speech also comes with responsibility.

May 20, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Cool/Not Cool

The Imagination Playground is coming to Great Bend and will make its public debut during June Jaunt. The portable playground is a set of oversized blocks, lightweight but sturdy enough to build with. They were designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.

May 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time to grow up

Challenges. All of us have them. And, it is easy to sit around and point fingers and blame others for our failures. It is easy to throw out exaggerated or incorrect information and hope people will listen and take up our cause because of the passion behind our words. It is easy to become caught up in distracting and destructive banter. It is easy to become a fool.

May 10, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Trash talk

The senior class president of Heights High School in Wichita was suspended for the rest of the school year after posting a bit of trash talk about the school football team on Twitter.

May 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Logical flood insurance rules finally passed

At long last, Congress, yes that gridlocked legislative body in D.C., has made changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Astoundingly, the new rules actually make sense.

May 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Sharks vs. Jets it's not

On July 1, it will no longer be illegal to possess a switchblade knife in Kansas. Daggers, straight-edged razors and stilettos, once banned, will also be legal.

May 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Attorney General requests additional funding for lawsuits

Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, has requested an additional $1.2 million dollars from the state legislature to cover potential lawsuits over laws passed this year, according to the Associated Press and the Topeka Capital-Journal.

May 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Speedweek

The week usually starts on Sunday, or some would say Monday, but in Great Bend a new week starts tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).

April 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time for internet sales tax

Finally, Congress is considering an internet sales tax for items purchased online called the Marketplace Fairness Act. Traditional brick and mortar businesses must be breathing a sigh of relief.

April 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


They're all right

Next week, hundreds of our local students plan to donate some time to their home town.

April 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Not just a holiday

Memorial Day is the traditional start to summer as folks begin dreaming of vacations, picnics and time in the sun.

May 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Lend a hand

One could say we are facing a pending volunteer crisis in our community. The problem – the older residents who have been the volunteer workhorses are passing away and younger folks aren't stepping up to take their place.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Knock ‘em dead

When the Great Bend High School class of 2015 walks across the stage at GBHS's Memorial Stadium this afternoon and members of School Board hand them their diplomas, they will join and estimated 3.2 million other American high school seniors graduating this spring.

May 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Honoring EMS volunteers

The City of Hoisington has gone to great lengths over the past year to recruit and support a fine group of Emergency Medical Technicians. Several members of that community have made the commitment to go through extensive training, and to be on call for several hours a month in order to safeguard the community and those that pass through it. As their numbers increase, so does the reliability of the service, and that is to be congratulated.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Lawmakers, keep your ears open

A week from today, incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander will be in Great Bend, continuing community conversations titled Kansas Children. Kansas' Future, with a focus on reaching the business community. Earlier this year, Watson and members of the Kansas State Board of Education, held nearly 20 community meeting to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties. The idea was to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should ...

May 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Lawmakers, keep your ears open

A week from today, incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander will be in Great Bend, continuing community conversations titled Kansas Children. Kansas' Future, with a focus on reaching the business community. Earlier this year, Watson and members of the Kansas State Board of Education, held nearly 20 community meeting to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties. The idea was to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should ...

May 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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