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Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one of our National Parks. They are a reminder of why we call this area of the country the heartland.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shopping for a solution

It is indeed unfortunate that Kroger has opted to close the Dillons store in St. John as of Feb. 6. The store had been a key part of the Stafford County community's identity for about three quarters of a century and was one of the first Dillons to open.

January 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Desert creeps closer

Friday's announcement that yet another grocery store is closing in rural Kansas was sad news. Now, unless another option materializes for the people of St. John, that town will join the ranks of what in the past decade has come to be known as the "food desert."

January 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


'Sno problem: We can handle this

Snow that fell Wednesday across the Golden Belt was the start of a storm that could affect 80 million people by the weekend. There are reports that Washington, D.C., could see 2 feet of snow.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Protecting the land

The Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) will hold its annual Conservation Awards banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College.

January 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Casting light on a problem

It is too bad some folks don't have the common decency to respect public property.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to take note

It is said that all politics are local. In other words, when it comes down to brass tacks, voters really only care about what is going on in their own communities.

January 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The dream revisited

We have seen much racial strife in America of late. Shootings and rioting have shaped our current view of race relations.

January 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Core Values

When President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that he believes the private sector is the lifeblood of the economy, and that red tape needs to be cut, Congress expressed their appreciation for his words with applause. It felt like a window had been opened. Frankly, after months of televised debates by Republican Presidential candidates, it was hard to believe a Democrat had just said those words.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Strong leadership needed

The 2016 legislative session is just around the corner. It will come on the heels of a Kansas Department of Revenue report that notes tax revenue receipts fell short of expectations for December 2015.

January 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Moderation: New guidelines released

The government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday, recommending limiting sugar and saturated fat, eating less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Be true to yourself

As the new year arrives, it is the time that many of us will sit down and set a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. One of those resolutions should be to take some simple steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

January 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Environmental resolutions

This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Heating up

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. In 2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated average of 56,000 reported home fires per year, which caused 470 deaths, 1,490 injuries and $1 billion in direct property damage.

January 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be it resolved ...

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

January 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Time for better communication

The furor over the Central Kansas Library System's new sign at Broadway and Stone is unfortunate for many reasons.

May 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

One could hardly travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people working yards and public spaces. They were everywhere.

April 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Is this the governor’s legacy?

Kansas legislators will return from their spring break Wednesday to face a daunting task, they must close projected budget gaps totaling about $290 million.

April 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A cooperative effort

For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal ...

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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