The next time any of us wonder why our community continues to support improvements to Great Bend Municipal Airport, we might consider the work that is going on northwest of here, in a crucial effort to play "catch-up."
It's time for spooky, chilly fall evenings. Pumpkins are everywhere. The very night seems filled with hauntings. In the shadows you see a ethereal form, coming closer, you can discern the horns. It's not a trick-or-treater. It's a deer and it's headed right for your car. According to a recent Associated Press release: "The AAA notes that deer cause 1.6 million vehicle crashes annually. "The Insurance Information Institute says such accidents average $3,000 in damages. ...
Anyone who wants to participate in the coming general election - it is scheduled for Nov. 2, for all of you who've been sleeping - and who hasn't bothered to register to vote, is running out of time.
If you ever thought there must be something especially "right" about Pittsburg - Kansas, that is - then you were right, as a recent move by the community illustrates.
It is so true, that we often don't realize when we have it good, but a recent news report out of the Kansas City area sure should make us open our eyes here in Barton County.
On the one hand, we've all remembered what it is to wake up and feel the chill of autumn returning.
In Great Bend, Fire Prevention Week gets turned into Fire Prevention Month, and, while it can't be proven, there are some who believe that a heritage of that extended effort has paid off in reduced incidence of home fires.
In the classic Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story" -telling the story of Christmas, 1940, there's a scene when Ralphy and his classmates all have to turn over fake teeth to their teacher, who drops them into a desk drawer that is absolutely brimming with Little Big Books, yo-yos, squirt guns, army men, chattering teeth and more contraband.
Waste not, want not. There was a time, not all that long ago, either, when that was a watch-word in our society. Children were encouraged to finish the food that was good for them, told that there were starving children in Europe, China, Africa - depending on what sub-generation they were from - who would be glad to have it. And they weren't encouraged to smart off, suggesting that their plate be airmailed to the ...
Dear Editor, Every day, there are countless national media reports about violence against women and children. These headline-making stories represent only the tip of the iceberg. Kansas is no exception to this violence - what we see happening in Kansas parallels what is happening nationally. Behind every headline, there are infinite untold stories that significantly impact the public health and safety of all citizens. One in 10 adult women in Kansas report domestic violence victimization, ...
Dear Editor, One of the most misunderstood principles in our world is that we need to teach people to be good. People are sinners by nature and must be transformed by a miraculous work of God. This is where our churches, educational systems and social programs are failing. You cannot teach a human being that is dead in his transgressions and sins to be good. There must be a miraculous awakening that is brought on ...
Zimbabwe's president-for-life, Mugabe, let's not call him a dictator, has drawn a line in the sand and Western nations should stay on their side.
For those Americans to whom the recent census was bad news, it was, as a matter of fact, not news at all.
There aren't a lot of details being released so far in Manhattan about the two people who apparently were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in their home, except to note that, according to Riley County Police, there was a car left running in a garage adjacent to the duplex where the two lived.
More power to them, if it works. Kansas officials are going on-line to encourage people to be safer. According to the Associated Press report, the state officials are "posting online entries from famous and not-so-famous guest bloggers in a campaign to encourage traffic safety." It is leading up to the second annual Kansas "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day," which the Kansas Department of Transportation is hosting on Oct. 10. Between now and then, these ...
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.)
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.
Perhaps a Congressional inquiry about the Internal Revenue Service providing extra scrutiny targeting political groups should not be a surprise.
Freedom of speech is a founding principle of our country. Freedom of speech also comes with responsibility.
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.
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.
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