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A time for exploration

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes knows Great Bend is a great place. Sadly, many folks don't get out and take advantage their hometown.

October 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


BOO!

If you have children and they haven't OD'ed on Halloween candy, they will get another chance on Saturday.

October 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


No tolerance for neglect

Surely it is a relief to all parties that the City of Ellinwood earlier this week made the decision to accept an offer from Mark and Cassie Batchman to purchase their property at 104 N. Main, making way to complete the demolition of two blighted properties on the city's two-block business district without risk of damaging a successful business.

October 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A housing opportunity

Two years ago, the city commissioned a housing needs study as part of its application for a Rural Housing Incentive District, a tax-credit program. The study quantified the need for housing at different levels and types. It also verified the shortage is expected to worsen if no incentives are put in place, and that the shortage is detrimental to the community's growth.

October 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


'The Rifleman'

The Ladies of the Grand Old Republic are helping to restore a GAR commissioned statue, "The Rifleman," in the Barton County Courthouse Square. But Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society, wonders who will step up next time.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


What's that sound?

Women for Kansas, the grassroots organization working to organize women in an effort to elect moderates to office throughout the state, wants to form more local chapters, and Great Bend is on their short list of desired communities. From a recent email sent to The Great Bend Tribune, "From laws affecting school funding to gun safety, "Women for Kansas" says many residents are unhappy with how the state is being run."It's easy for people to say, 'oh this would be different if we had someone else in office.' Well it's not enough to say 'someone different.' We ...

October 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Preventative measures

According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, Kansas ranks dead last in the continental United States in terms of immunization rates for the human papilloma virus. This virus plays a huge role in cervical, head and neck cancers in males and females, ages 9-26.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A mountain out of a molehill

It was announced this week that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has charged three voters in two counties of casting ballots illegally while voting in another state in the same elections. These are the first cases filed under a new state law giving him the power to prosecute election fraud allegations.

October 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Science Champs: A reason to celebrate

Senator Jerry Moran is a "Champion of Science."

October 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Recycling benefits increasing

Last year, Sunflower Diversified Services purchased a grinder, allowing the recycling business to grow. Now, glass can be ground and made useful locally by the Barton County Road and Bridge Department for paving our rural roads. This was fantastic news this week. It shows that recycling is certainly worthwhile.

October 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fourth-and-1

I consider Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder to be the smartest coach I've ever seen up close.

October 14, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No real surprises

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has added a new interactive map to its website. This map breaks down statistics and shows the impact each county has on the total state economy. The map allows users to see detailed agricultural statistics including farm numbers, leading agricultural sectors and value-added data.

October 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Geneva rules

The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But last Saturday, the hospital was bombarded by American military, after Afghan forces called for air support to take back the city from the Taliban.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


End of an era

It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities rich World War II heritage. The Great Bend City Council Monday night discussed the fate of last of the remaining WW II B-29 hangars at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well being.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Happy Valentines Day

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. It is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Panther quarterback misses opportunity

Sadly, the new-age attitude and persona that Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton brought to the table failed miserably in Super Bowl 50.

February 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A responsive government

Very little is known about a letter sent by a county employee via registered mail to members of the Barton County Commission. In fact, nothing ...

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Congratulations!

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again.

February 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


I’m just fit to be ‘tied’

I'm doing a public service.

February 03, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


I’m just fit to be ‘tied’

I'm doing a public service.

February 03, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Less is more

Some Kansas legislators are saying that perhaps legislative sessions are too long. Perhaps, they should be shortened, curtailed to expedite decisions and save taxpayer money ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Put up or shut up

With all the time wasted voting to repeal Obamacare and all the time wasted railing against it, this seems like a sensible compromise.

January 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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