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Time for school bells

School will soon be starting. It's been a long, hot summer, so kids and motorists alike need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe for us all. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:

August 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Home Run

Great Bend's Bat Cats baseball team had a great first year, winning three of four games at the NBC World Series before losing to Cheney's Diamond Dawgs.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Fleeting summer

Summer is far from over, but already we see signs of fall approaching.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


United We Stand

Protecting the integrity of America's elections is hardly a partisan issue. But the steps proposed to do so may be. While Kris Kobach and President Trump fret about potential voter fraud that is negligible, the attempts of Russian hackers to meddle with elections is a real threat.

July 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tourism key to state

The travel sector is an integral part of the Kansas economy contributing more than $10 billion in expenditures and sustains over 94,000 jobs. And this continues to grow, making it one of the fastest expanding portions of the state's economy, noted Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett.

July 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A lot at risk

It is funny (funny strange, not funny "ha, ha") that our Republican-dominated Legislature mustered enough intestinal fortitude to pass a bill to expand Medicare in Kansas. It is down-right sickening that come April, this same Legislature cowed and caved, unable to find the guts to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto.

July 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Falling behind

A recent study says Oklahoma is leading the U.S. in higher education cuts over the last five years. In seven states, including Kansas, the last five-year appropriations for education accounted for an overall decrease.

July 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Come and listen

The final Great Bend City Band concert of the 2017 season will open at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Kilby Square. For anyone who hasn't taken the time yet to attend one of these performances, you don't know what you are missing.

July 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for the future.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Keep your cool

We have been spoiled in Central Kansas. July, normally a time for extremely hot temperatures, has been mild. We all knew that we would pay the price, and now we are with temperatures predicted to be in the triple digits this week.

July 08, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Kansas will have to raise taxes again without budget cuts

The $1.2 billion tax increase approved by the Kansas Legislature will impact almost every working Kansan, so it's important to understand exactly what the new law does.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint


Thou shalt not

Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East. According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors alleged the artifacts were intentionally mislabeled for import.

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Summer school

When children return to school in August, some teachers may ask them to write about "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." In recent weeks, Great Bend USD 428's Public Relations Director Jennifer Schartz has supplied the Great Bend Tribune with a series of articles on how some teachers spend their summers. It's been fun to learn about teachers who use their "free time" to do community service work, take on a summer job, start new businesses or further their own education.

June 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


'Bird watching' transforms to new adventure

Recently, while visiting with some 'old" friends in Wisconsin while vacationing there, we somehow got on the subject of hearing aids.

June 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint


Not so frivolous

On a recent sultry Sunday afternoon, several young children, and their parents, availed themselves of the new splash pad water feature in the Barton County Courthouse Square. It was a scene of unbridled joy as the kids ran through the fountains and streams of cool water shooting from the floor.

June 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Don’t hold our kids hostage

It is said that all politics is local, and nothing could be more accurate than with the Congressional delay in reauthorizing the Children's Health ...

October 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Good Scouting

The announcement that Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to become Cub Scouts and eventually earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout is good ...

October 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Life sentence

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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