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Life. Be in it.

In the fictional town of Pawnee, Ind., home of the NBC television series "Parks and Recreation," the town slogans can be a hoot. One sign reads, "Welcome to Pawnee: It's safe to be here now."

May 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tax plan not a good idea

Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut income taxes for successful small businesses is not a good idea.

May 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


2012 not the end

A T-shirt for the Class of 2012 reads, "It ends with us. Class of 2012."

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kids need outdoor play

May 09, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Viva Mexico

This Saturday Great Bend will hold its 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Change comes hard

Change is hard. Even change for good is hard. It's much easier to sit still and not take any risks.

May 02, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Dealing with bullies

This week an award-winning national speaker visited Great Bend to talk about the problem of bullying.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


One percent should pay their taxes, too

The U.S. Senate voted down the Warren Buffet rule, a minimum tax on millionaires in a party line vote this week.

April 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Talk vs. evidence

It seems the nation is rushing to judgment on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Some are also rushing to judgment on whether or not Zimmerman is a racist, and/or whether police were wrong or perhaps corrupt when they did not immediately arrest him, in light of Florida's 2011 statute on "justifiable use of force."

April 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


It's polite to stay home during illness

Ha Choo! comes the sound from someone nearby. Even with a mild cold and flu season this year, just a reminder that it's polite to stay at home while sick.

April 11, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Time to break the egg hunt

Anyone who's helped with similar events can sympathize with the choice made in Colorado Springs this year.

March 29, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We have to work to pay less

Everybody would like to blame someone else for the sky-rocketing at the gas pumps.

March 28, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Leave drunky monkey alone

Well, they got a pet monkey

March 27, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Hold still for your hug

"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet." - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

March 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Endorsement time is running out

It's coming up to that time of the election cycle again, the end of the endorsements.

March 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Doing their jobs

Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get off that couch

At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.

March 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


WSU owns bragging rights on Jayhawks

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No big surprise

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State basketball delivers highs and lows

On one side, St. John's players and fans were celebrating a state basketball championship with laughter and joy.

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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