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The best of both worlds

It could very easily have been a case or one or the other. But, instead, the Barton County Commission Monday morning wisely opted for both.

June 30, 2014 | Dale Hogg | 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. Feting 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 28, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Soccer should ban ties

I remember hearing my 4-year-old granddaughter Katelyn celebrate her team's "tie," after the Pinky Pies lost 25-1 (that's a guess).

June 27, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Cell phone privacy Search warrants needed

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police need a search warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone except in extreme emergency, such as immediate terrorist activity.

June 25, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Come downtown

Summer is here and a local summer tradition is in full swing.

June 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Share the road

The 2014 wheat harvest is getting under way in the Golden Belt. It is a time of bounty for the area, but it can also be a time frustration if one is motorist or cyclist using the highways and byways.

June 21, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Worth it

It's hard to measure the value that Barton Community College has on the Golden Belt, but a study commissioned by the college attempts to do just that.

June 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bob Dole -- A true American hero

It was a treat to see the living legend Bob Dole on his statewide speaking tour in Larned recently. It was fun to study Dole up close and understand why he's such an inspiration to Americans.

June 18, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Internet trolls: Don’t feed them

When the Internet swept the landscape twenty years ago, few imagined the chatting, Facebook, and other instantaneous social media that has resulted in breathtaking changes in communication structure. These changes have occurred faster than any manmade changes in the history of humankind.

June 18, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Take the time to click it

The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office reports that of the hundreds of crash related deaths that have occurred in Kansas, almost 70 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,384 lives could be saved if seat belts had been worn. As of 2013, Kansas has an 81 percent seat belt usage rate.

June 16, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep your cool

The first day of summer is just round the corner. From the swimming pool to the lake to mowing the yard to exercising, it is time for everyone to remember just how dangerous the seasonal heat can be.

June 14, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Youth Academy

If you see local youths being hauled around in police cars or in the back of ambulances today, it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident. Approximately 80 seventh and eighth graders are participating in the annual City Youth Academy sponsored by the City of Great Bend.

June 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tails not allowed at USD 428 schools

A new trend has arisen where teens are wearing tails. We're not talking about a fancy tuxedo or an extended ponytail.

June 11, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Congressman right to pursue answers

When Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, made an unannounced visit to Wichita's Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Hospital backed by a TV crew, I loved it.

June 11, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


We did it again

Do we know how to party or what?

June 09, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Crumbling pride

The impact of our state governments response to a problem it largely created is again being felt. This is a statewide, as well as a ...

August 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A sad lesson

The school year is only days old and there is already the tragic story of three young people and one older driver dying in a ...

August 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A good time had by all

It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. The fourth-annual Party in ...

August 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stars and stripes the united way

The United Way of Central Kansas launched its 2017 campaign Saturday night. The theme was "Stars and Stripes and United Way Forever," harking back to ...

August 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Dumb phones: Don't Poke and drive

Driving while distracted contributes to many accidents, which is why safety organizations have made a major effort to stop people from sending text messages while ...

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Accuracy in speech brings is its own reward

The November election can't come too soon. And while many voters express their admiration for a non-career politician in the race, this campaign season ...

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Baseball, like life, teaches its lessons

WAUPUN, Wis. - If you ask Larned baseball coach Chad Erway, baseball is a lot like life.

August 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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