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Unhappy trails

Once again Gov. Sam Brownback has opted out of a federal grant as a part of the Recreational Trails Program. Only two states have opted out, Kansas and Florida.

September 12, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Dry times

Another hot and dry year has us thinking about water – yours, mine and ours. We need it for crops and livestock; we need it to stay alive. We want it for recreation, and for pretty green lawns.

September 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taxpayers ordered to pay for transgender surgery of prisoner

Shame on federal judge, Mark Wolf, in Boston who ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide sex-change surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murdering his wife in 1990.

September 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Not so marvelous

This month members of the American Federation of Musicians picketed the Screen Gem studios in Wilmington, N.C., where Marvel (a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary) is shooting "Iron Man 3."

September 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Develop Santa Fe Trail

The development of the Santa Fe Trail is a good idea. It passed through Barton and Pawnee County during the 1800s as a major wagon route to the west.

August 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Gun control

Police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., are looking for a "burglar" who stole a gun and knife from Mike Maisonneuve's unlocked car in his driveway. But the act sounds more like an intervention than a crime. Even the victim is treating it as a wake-up call, according to the story as reported by WPBF-TV.

August 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


CDC says boomers should be tested for hep C

ATLANTA - All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, the Center for Disease Control has recently stated.

August 22, 2012 | | Viewpoint


Good investment

It's been a little over a year since the Great Bend City Council accepted a $500,000 gift to purchase the Convention Center that had been part of the Highland Hotel. The new hotel owner is settled in, and it's time for the city to move forward.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Compromise is a must for leaders

Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.

August 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Back to school

Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.

August 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Internet sales tax a must

The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.

August 09, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The case for capital punishment

While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.

August 01, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Rain gauge

A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.

July 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Evil is not new

Human beings are capable of both great evil and great good. This country recently had an example of the evil humans are capable of with the shootings in Aurora, Colo.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Primary lessons

Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Wichita East misses a teaching moment

It was a classic teaching moment for Wichita East High School parents, teachers and administrators.

April 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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