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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


Fill in the blank

In a sick, twisted sort of way, newspaper editorial writers around the state of Kansas may miss the 2014 legislative session. After all, seldom in the history of this esteemed body of lawmakers has there been a group of legislators who have offered as many inane bills on which for pundits can expound.

March 10, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


No easy answers

On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution by ordering the state to pay about $129 million dollars to the schools by July 1. The balance of funding requested by schools will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of "adequate" education.

March 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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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


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Better access to recreation needed for segment of city’s kids

As the school year comes to a close, let's take a few minutes to consider the joys of summer break.

May 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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