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Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Powerful voice coming

Each day, three women die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of either a current or former male partner. This, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A sad necessity

Sadly April is a big month for the Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center and the Family Crisis Center. It is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Another one in the books

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visited the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show Friday morning and afternoon. He talked about the importance of agriculture and the importance of rural America.

April 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A civic responsibility

Barton County voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the county-wide general election. This is strictly a local election and an excellent opportunity to help guide our communities for years to come. With advance voting and absentee voting, casting ballots is easier that it ever has been in the past, give residents fewer reasons not to head to the polls.

April 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Just doing his job

In light of the criticism raised by conservative groups over Senator Jerry Moran's support of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, it's time we all refresh our memory of what the term conservatism actually means.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A healthy cause

According to the American Public Health Association, Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents, due in part to the work of public health. That's the good news.

March 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The truth

Father Rene Guesnier would've made an excellent teacher, lawyer or a judge - any job where the truth mattered.

March 26, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Population loss

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas's population increased by 2 percent from 2010-12015, but that isn't the case for most of the Golden Belt.

March 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Laughing stock

Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Making strides

It was a modest improvement, but it was an improvement.

March 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Enjoy nature

Grab a pair of walking shoes, a bicycle or a set of disc golf frisbees. Spring is here and it is beckoning.

March 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Incivility

In January of 2012 Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics, commented on "the most negative election in U.S. history."

March 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leaked bracket is fitting karma

We really like television - that's why we watch it every day.

March 16, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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Don’t trash it

June Jaunt is less than a week away. This event, which showcases communities from Tribune to Great Bend along K-96, is a chance for these ...

May 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A day to say thanks

For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling ...

May 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving ...

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


New-found freedom

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take yourself out to the ball game

Great Bend has really stepped up to the plate in a big way.

May 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the ...

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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