Near the end of 2008, the stock market had crashed at a record pace, gas was fluctuating at around $4 per gallon, the big banks were in serious trouble, the housing market crashed, and the auto industry was tanking.
It's Black Friday, the official opening of Shopping Season, perhaps the biggest day of the year for retail sales. The countdown to Christmas begins today, and for many people the spending scoreboard has begun to tick off the days while adding up the gifts.
A lot of people were whining the day after the election, because their candidate for president didn't win. It's OK to whine; some people think they've earned the right to whine by voting. But some folks have gone too far.
The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.
One of the basic rules of elementary school is to learn to stand in line, wait your turn and cooperate and compromise until a solution where everyone is a little happy and everyone is a little unhappy.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but a good number of Americans have already cast their ballots. On Thursday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. His wife voted earlier in the month.
In addition to voting for a president, Kansas voters will make a decision this election that could amend the state constitution. If it passes, it would be the first step in lowering the property tax paid by boat owners.
Most weeks the Great Bend Tribune reports on at least one fundraiser that involves food. We can mark our calendars by pancakes, spaghetti or homemade chicken-noodle soup. In the coming weeks we'll have several opportunities to sample some food specialties by local cooks. In so doing, we may actually be helping others.
Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.
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. Celebrating 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.
Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.