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The man behind the curtain

Just in case no one has notice, Kansas is in sorry fiscal shape, due in large part to our conservative elected leadership that used the Sunflower State as a lab rat in a grand experiment.

February 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Sam Who?

Sam Brownback has a pen, and he's not afraid to use it. His executive order to remove discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees proves that.

February 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


NBC anchor loses credibility

Who can you trust?

February 11, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Time to compromise

It's been noted that the Kansas Legislature is more polarized and rancorous than ever before.

February 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep public notices public

It is sort of ironic that as we near the observance of the 10 anniversary of National Sunshine Week next month we in Kansas face an assault on open government.

February 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Groundhog conundrum

We all know how to complete the phrase, "If you don't like the weather ..."

February 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Helping our own

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again, and then some.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


More than sports

In case you live in a cave or under a rock, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet takes place Sunday, Feb. 1. This refers to much hyped Super Bowl XLIX.

January 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hard choice with lesser of two evils

It's a Super Bowl that even Dr. Evil would not appreciate.

January 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Playing Chicken: Moran pushes for common sense

Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Doing their jobs

Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get off that couch

At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.

March 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


WSU owns bragging rights on Jayhawks

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No big surprise

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State basketball delivers highs and lows

On one side, St. John's players and fans were celebrating a state basketball championship with laughter and joy.

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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