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Ironic freedom

On Thursday, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that establishes "Celebrate Freedom Week" during the week of Sept. 17 and requires schools to teach students about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in grades K-8 each year during that week. (Sept. 17, 1787, is the date the U.S. Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia.)

May 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Copper recycling

Copper recycling can be a good thing coming out of old air conditioning or plumbing during replacement. Copper is a non-renewable resource, and apparently recycled copper is worth nearly as much as new copper.

May 22, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Lack of supervision is cause for concern

Perhaps a Congressional inquiry about the Internal Revenue Service providing extra scrutiny targeting political groups should not be a surprise.

May 22, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is a founding principle of our country. Freedom of speech also comes with responsibility.

May 20, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Cool/Not Cool

The Imagination Playground is coming to Great Bend and will make its public debut during June Jaunt. The portable playground is a set of oversized blocks, lightweight but sturdy enough to build with. They were designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.

May 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time to grow up

Challenges. All of us have them. And, it is easy to sit around and point fingers and blame others for our failures. It is easy to throw out exaggerated or incorrect information and hope people will listen and take up our cause because of the passion behind our words. It is easy to become caught up in distracting and destructive banter. It is easy to become a fool.

May 10, 2013 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Trash talk

The senior class president of Heights High School in Wichita was suspended for the rest of the school year after posting a bit of trash talk about the school football team on Twitter.

May 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Logical flood insurance rules finally passed

At long last, Congress, yes that gridlocked legislative body in D.C., has made changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Astoundingly, the new rules actually make sense.

May 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Sharks vs. Jets it's not

On July 1, it will no longer be illegal to possess a switchblade knife in Kansas. Daggers, straight-edged razors and stilettos, once banned, will also be legal.

May 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Attorney General requests additional funding for lawsuits

Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, has requested an additional $1.2 million dollars from the state legislature to cover potential lawsuits over laws passed this year, according to the Associated Press and the Topeka Capital-Journal.

May 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Speedweek

The week usually starts on Sunday, or some would say Monday, but in Great Bend a new week starts tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).

April 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time for internet sales tax

Finally, Congress is considering an internet sales tax for items purchased online called the Marketplace Fairness Act. Traditional brick and mortar businesses must be breathing a sigh of relief.

April 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


They're all right

Next week, hundreds of our local students plan to donate some time to their home town.

April 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Life is a dangerous prospect

As a nation, we have watched the incident in Boston and been saddened by the loss of life and cruelty exhibited by some unselfish, uncaring individual or individuals.

April 17, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Blank verse

Poetry and news aren't a good combination, in most cases. The classic example is a verse composed by fictional reporter Roy Bensinger of The Tribune in Ben Hect's play "The Front Page," which became a movie that was later remade as "His Girl Friday":

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Setting targets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night looked over its list of goals for 2015 and 2016 and focused in on their key targets. Council members selected from: Continuing Work on Top Priorities from 2014 and 2015; Event Center improvements and operations; continuing to work on streets; supporting city employees; and plan and begin implementation of improvements to recreational venues such as Stone Lake, the Sports Complex, the water park, zoo, Brit Spaugh Park, bandshell and others.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time to remember who we are

The latest version of the Barton County Fair began Wednesday with the annual fashion review and kicks into full gear this week. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation ...

July 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Please say what you really mean

I'm confused.

July 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Founding ideas - Quotes for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers - and one Founding Mother.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Take care with fireworks

Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


There is a lot to do

In case you couldn't guess, with the heat, wind and combines, summer has arrived.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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