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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

In the big leagues

For three times in the past month or two, Great Bend's shining Sports Complex has hosted state and/or regional tournaments. In all three, Great Bend hit home runs.

June 07, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

June Jaunt: Fun and a good deal

It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn't having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there's June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.

June 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Veterans affairs-Department needs wholesale housecleaning

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, a former Army general, resigned Friday.

June 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Matt Heyn’s work earns recognition

Everyone knew the day would come when Matt Heyn would leave Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

June 05, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Wild beauty

It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.

May 31, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Church News: Kudos to Father Tighe

Most of the "Religion News" in today's Tribune is dedicated to the Rev. Dermot Tighe, Great Bend, who is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Time for a change?

This week's meeting of the Barton County Commission has provided much to think about. Listening to the county administrator, ABBB auditors and the county's software provider elaborate on the reconciliation and record keeping issues in the Treasurer's Office was nauseating.

May 27, 2014 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint

Boy, is it dry

"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.

May 26, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Remember the reason

Before we start our summers, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 wants us to remember the real reason we observe Memorial Day. The organization is the sponsor of this year's ceremony.

May 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Voting mess

What will Kansas do, with thousands of potential voters in limbo? Kansas and Arizona passed laws requiring people to show proof of citizenship if they want to register to vote. But anyone who registers using the federal "motor voter" form just has to say he or she is a citizen. In January, Barton County had 315 "suspense voters," and 200 of those registrations were pending because proof of citizenship had not been submitted.

May 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Save the prairie chicken in Kansas

Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and eastern Colorado are hot and dry. According to the National Weather Service, rain over the last four years, in parts of these states has been less than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.

May 21, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

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Taking precautions

Sadly, there has been much wild speculation surrounding voter fraud and election rigging, This paranoia at the national level has rubbed off on some local ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Get outside

On a rural Barton County blacktop Sunday morning, a hawk could be heard screeching overhead. The early fall weather was cool but the sun was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The wisdom of youth

It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

October 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Domestic violence stats alarming

The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic ...

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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