As we head towards a new year, as the holidays slip by, as we face another dreary winter ahead, it's not a bad time to suggest that we get what we pay for.
We have recession and depression.
Some ideas seem good when you first hear them, but they lose their gloss upon more sober consideration.
Like the gift of a dusting of snow right before Christmas, the story this week about a dachshund rescue wasn't in competition with the presidential race, or the economy or the treason trial as top news story.
It took them a while to get to the point, but the Great Bend City Council kept at it Monday night - despite the impending severe weather threat - to accomplish what was in the best interest of city employees.
This week the Barton County Commissioners approved plans to offer pins and other items to show appreciation for the work that county staffers do, and when that is being considered in a vacuum it may not seem all that important.
Man, that's scary!
If you want to get American women of "a certain age" mad at you, just suggest to them that the movie "Pretty Woman" is not appropriate, and that the prostitute-turned-wife fairy tale glamorizes a form of slavery.
There are all sorts of hackneyed references you could fall prey to.
When you went to school years ago, all of the male teachers, even the coaches, unless they were actually out in the field, wore a shirt and tie.
We hear about it every year, the people who get upset with the rules on a passenger jet and act like a jackass at 30,000 feet and 500 mph.
Earlier this year, a Barton County Health Department worker who has helped increase the rate of children's immunization protection in Barton County was recognized by the Barton County Commission as the recipient of an Employee Recognition. WIC Clerk Pamela Luna was active in the Kansas Immunization Dare To Be A Champion and through her efforts, the county saw an increase in immunization rates from 76 to 80 percent, according to information from the Health Department.
Great Bend City Council members' support for a coming outdoors event was a good decision, and it also helped to show it takes more than just your run-of-the-mill conventions to make a community a success.
It's very easy these days to find a pathetic story and tsk,tsk over the miscreants involved.
Many of us can remember the ad campaigns from Colt firearms.
Fall is around the corner and students are back in the classroom for another school year. This means the annual inundation of school activities will begin very soon.
Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.
"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.
It's nice to know the system still works.
In a single day last year, 2,220 Kansas school bus drivers reported 798 instances of drivers illegally passing their stopped busses.
Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
Lewis Young is always thinking of others.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. However, the second-annual Party in the Park Saturday was a little different than most.
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