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1st Amendment: It's also for public employees

If there was any doubt about the intent of House Bill 2023, proponents made it clear on Wednesday.

January 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Right to keep and bear arms

When the framers of our constitution constructed the Bill of Rights, they did so with the gravity and attentiveness it deserved. These "limitations" to government were to protect the natural rights of property and (most importantly) liberty of American citizens.

January 24, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Cuts to Ethics Commission bad idea

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed cutting the Kansas Ethics committee budget by 9.3 percent, or about $65,000 thus eliminating one audit position.

January 23, 2013 | | Viewpoint


Living the dream

Inauguration day, which is usually Jan. 20, has been moved to Monday because it falls on a Sunday. That means the second inauguration of President Barack Obama will coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Mending the net

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday that his administration will spend another $10 million on mental health care. His decision was reportedly prompted by the mass murders in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 26 students and teachers died.

January 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Saving water Drought conditions change watering habits

In Florida, recently, a family has been growing a vegetable garden in the front yard. It is generating some controversy as the city of Orlando wants the homeowner to pull up the micro-irrigated 25 by 25 foot plot. The condition of the garden is well kept, but it is against city code.

January 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Shrinkage

While Congress was trying to ease the pain of the so-called fiscal cliff, Representatives were apparently throwing their constituents under the bus.

January 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Adopt-A-Dog If affordable for the family

A new program has begun to encourage local families to Adopt-A-Dog. It's a great program.

January 02, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Bill of Rights

In a novel by Umberto Eco, a character comments on the long list of rules imposed on the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. "From prohibitions you can tell what people normally do. It's a way of drawing a picture of daily life."

December 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Gun control is a matter of common sense

Part of the lethality of a gun is determined by the person behind it. However, the rules governing gun control are too loose and new legislation, screening and registration are needed.

December 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


It's the End

If you're reading this, the world isn't over.

December 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Debt Armageddon

On Jan. 1, our taxes will go up, the budget will be cut and the U.S. economy, we are told, will go over a financial cliff.

December 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Some new taxes are good

Near the end of 2008, the stock market had crashed at a record pace, gas was fluctuating at around $4 per gallon, the big banks were in serious trouble, the housing market crashed, and the auto industry was tanking.

December 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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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


Walking to school

Great Bend's public elementary schools are about to engage in a very worthwhile endeavor – the Walking School Bus program. It will be implemented in all five USD 428 elementary schools.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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