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RSVP program is work the cost

February 28, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to cut in Topeka

February 26, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We give a carp

February 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


These strings are tight

City staff members continue to explore possible futures for the Great Bend Convention Center and, while there are imponderables that continue to be discussed about how the facility will be operated and developed, what is clear is that the taxpayers of Great Bend are going to paying a bill that will be well over the $500,000 that was spent to "give" the center to us.

February 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


These strings are tight

City staff members continue to explore possible futures for the Great Bend Convention Center and, while there are imponderables that continue to be discussed about how the facility will be operated and developed, what is clear is that the taxpayers of Great Bend are going to paying a bill that will be well over the $500,000 that was spent to "give" the center to us.

February 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Gophers need to go go go

"Here comes the colonel with his sergeant,

February 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Thought police are going mainstream

Anyone who's ever hit the wrong button on the remote and stumbled onto MSNBC can't possibly be surprised that the powers that be there have dumped conservative talking head Pat Buchanan.

February 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Prices are going up

When the price of candy bars drops significantly, Americans will take this announcement seriously.

February 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Watch your mouth

There are some "shades of gray" issues in our culture today, though fewer than the ethical relativists would suggest.

February 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Got ID? Well, get it!

Elsewhere, the Tribune is reporting on County Clerk Donna Zimmerman's continuing effort to acquaint Barton County voters with the need to have a photo ID at the polls this year.

February 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Freedom or safety

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose," according to the queen of the free spirits, the late Janis Joplin.

February 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Respect the office, if not the man

Many of us remember the disgraceful showing our nation suffered through late in 2008 when the TV talking heads, elected officials - you can't call them "leaders" if they refuse to lead - and even security officers refused to react when our president was attacked in public.

February 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Never forget

The Marine Corps is under fire for a misstep that may be an honest mistake and if that is the case, then our "leaders" need to find out and not just hang these young men out to dry.

February 10, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Let the Sioux decide

It probably isn't really "ironic" anymore, because it has become so common place to insult those people we allegedly are "protecting," and that is certainly what is happening in the northern Great Plains where some folk heroes are being shuttled aside in the name of political correctness.

February 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Do you feel lucky, America? Well, do you?

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


‚ÄčA vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A good example

Before a nice-sized audience in the main Barton County District Court courtroom Monday morning, new Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub was sworn in by District Judge Steve Johnson.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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