It's a tale as old as the cultural revolution - you remember, when Mao decided to destroy everyone in China who dared to think for themselves, and his reaction was to beat them until they thought right. You know. Like him.
There was a time, back when "daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days" it was "when a man named Al Capone, tried to make that town his own" and "brother what a night it really was, brother what a fight it really was."
At the turn of the millennium, there was significant discussion about the importance of the Internet remaining a free and open form of communication and for the expression of ideas.
This week there were two pieces of news that should have acted as wake-up calls for Americans who are complacent about the state of public health around the world.
District Judge Franklin R. Theis is what we call a judge out here in the real world.
This is Kansas, and for the most part, it is still a state of rural communities, a place where you would expect that people could trust each other, but you would not always be right.
You can't find it around here, but there is a national food chain, Chik-fil-a, that has a hilarious ad campaign in which cows hold up crude signs that read: "Eat more chikin!"
Here's a hint:
Gary Sinise is one of those celebrities you don't hear about all that much when he's off the screen.
Coquies have become established in Hawaii.
Carroll Baker, Walter Brennan, Lee J. Cobb ...
When you don't believe in anything, you will fall for everything.
Things are not looking any better in the continuing threat to our way of life that begins with some of the smaller American workers.
The suggestion is clear.
We've just passed the phase of the year when people pick up "A Christmas Carol," if they bother to read the book at all.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
On Sunday, the Great Bend Tribune ran a story about a new Holiday Inn Express that is coming to town. It will feature 80 rooms, modern decor, contemporary features and meeting rooms.
Everything old is new again. Well, sometimes.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.
As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.
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