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First impressions

The Great Bend City Council Monday night received some good economic development news when it learned that the Grand Island, Neb.,-based HeartlandAg wanted to open a new site just outside the city limits. The company has purchased in the neighborhood of 33 acres just north of the city limits on the west side of U.S. 281 to build a new commercial fertilizer equipment sales, parts and supply facility.

April 07, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Farming important to us all

It's been four years since the 3i Show packed its tents and left Great Bend for the last time. The biannual event which alternated between Great Bend and Garden City drew throngs to town, and filled motels and restaurants.

April 05, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


GOP unchained

Kansas loves the Second Amendment, as the Senate proved again this week when approving the "gun-rights bill," 34-2, and sending it to an equally receptive House.

April 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bellendir, Boeckman dispute highlights need for third party reporting

Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:

April 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Voting? Forget about it

It is said that we the people have the power to shape our government. The ideals of democracy are enshrined in our Constitution, and it is these principles that have guided our great nation.

March 31, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Unsung heroes

All of our first responders deserve pats on the back and our undying gratitude for what they do for us. From facing domestic violence calls to working accidents to running into burning buildings, they risk their lives for our safety.

March 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Win-win: Common-sense ways to help veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cheyenne Bottoms great natural resource

Cheyenne Bottoms is a wetlands of international importance, attracting visitors from across the world.

March 27, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The deadline’s coming

The deadline to sign up this year for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans is only a week away. Now, the final push is on to get as many people as possible covered.

March 22, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


State basketball offers memories

For the Central Plains High School girls and St. John-Hudson boys, it was truly a family affair after they swept state basketball championships in Manhattan Saturday.

March 19, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Legislative session needs public’s attention

Between spanking, opt-in sex education in schools, banning incompatibility divorces, banning surrogacy, to moving the date to change voter registrations from two weeks prior to the primary to prior to candidate filing deadline, to school finance, and gun rights, the Kansas Legislature has been very busy this year.

March 19, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Pedaling forward

The approval of a project to install 32 bicycle safety awareness signs through Barton County by the County Commission Monday morning is a huge step forward in recognizing the growing importance of cycling in our area. The commissioners must be commended for their foresightful action.

March 17, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Just a reminder

As we approach the Tuesday, April 1, election, candidate supporters may want to make their opinions known. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.

March 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Changing sides: Pre-election switches aren't evil (but they may be history)

A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.

March 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Internet sales tax needed

It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.

March 11, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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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


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


History repeats itself at LSH

Back in 2013, it was Tristan Shaver, Melissa Strain and Elizabeth Earegood who shined a light on inhumane working conditions at the Larned State Hospital ...

April 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Let’s finish this

Bob Parrish told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that he was in the high school class of 1945, the last class to be a ...

April 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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