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Reduction in teen pregnancy rate positive for county

In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.

October 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Mixed messages

Two television commercials of late promote that it is better for our youth to stay glued to their video games, TV programs and toys, all of which encourage them to stay indoors and shun the outside.

October 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Housing woes

According to the Kansas Association of Realtors, Kansas home sales rose by 7.2 percent in August 2013 compared to the same period last year. Sales totaled 3,469 units in August, up from 3,235 units in 2012. In comparison, sales on a national level rose by 13.2 percent for the month.

October 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

I know you are

The government shut down because one side refused to negotiate. Threw a tantrum because it didn't get its way.

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Foster care story touches hearts

The story of 15-year-old Davion Only, the foster child who asked for a family at church, touched the collective heart of the nation.

October 23, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Good ideas

Two Golden Belt communities are among 14 statewide to share nearly $1 million to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school via the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation

October 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A sad change of heart

Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and former Democratic Kansas Governor-now U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used to have a friendship that dated back decades.

October 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Cyber Bullies

Rebecca Sedwick, 12, took her life last month after relentless bullying from as many as 15 other girls over three years. Her mom tried to put a stop to the bullying, even moving Rebecca to another school, but her tormenters followed her on social media, where the bullying continued.

October 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Who should pay? Food stamp recipients empty shelves

Food stamp recipients in Louisiana on Monday flooded Walmart stores, emptying entire shelves of food, using benefit cards that mistakenly had no limits.

October 16, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Look close to home

Kansas under Republican Governor Sam Brownbeck has been a laboratory for new fiscal conservative experiments, some of these misguided. The governor has been a right-wing gunslinger blazing his way through policies.

October 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Are we safe now?

According to a report published in Linn's Stamp News, the United States Postal Service may wind up trashing its entire run of new forever stamps based on Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. It is unclear whether or not the stamps have been destroyed yet or not.

October 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Hunger Games

Shhhh! Help is available for poor people. Don't pass it on.

October 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Time for government shutdown to end

Enough already! It's time for the government shutdown to end.

October 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Close to home

As the United States government shutdown enters its second week, the shuttering of federal offices can be seen locally.

October 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

To your health

In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.

October 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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A time to share

On Tuesday, the Golden Belt Community Foundation and numerous local organizations will join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Occurring this year on Dec. 1 ...

November 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Be thankful

"Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the ...

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your part

The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Terrorism is pure evil

There is nothing religious about killing innocent people.

November 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Coffee cups? Really?

Call it a tempest in a coffee cup.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Just leave us alone

There have been at least three examples of late of just how out of touch the Kansas Legislature is with rural parts of the state ...

November 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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