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Freedom Founders: Celebrating July 4

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, contained words that are astounding more than 200 years later.

July 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Kansas government needs CPR due to income tax cuts

Kansas is in desperate need of immediate CPR due to the failing tax policies of the current state administration.

July 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Kansas patrol to monitor texting

Drink - but don't drive.

July 02, 2014 | | Viewpoint

The best of both worlds

It could very easily have been a case or one or the other. But, instead, the Barton County Commission Monday morning wisely opted for both.

June 30, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Take care with fireworks

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. Feting 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.

June 28, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Soccer should ban ties

I remember hearing my 4-year-old granddaughter Katelyn celebrate her team's "tie," after the Pinky Pies lost 25-1 (that's a guess).

June 27, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Cell phone privacy Search warrants needed

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police need a search warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone except in extreme emergency, such as immediate terrorist activity.

June 25, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Come downtown

Summer is here and a local summer tradition is in full swing.

June 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Share the road

The 2014 wheat harvest is getting under way in the Golden Belt. It is a time of bounty for the area, but it can also be a time frustration if one is motorist or cyclist using the highways and byways.

June 21, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Worth it

It's hard to measure the value that Barton Community College has on the Golden Belt, but a study commissioned by the college attempts to do just that.

June 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Bob Dole -- A true American hero

It was a treat to see the living legend Bob Dole on his statewide speaking tour in Larned recently. It was fun to study Dole up close and understand why he's such an inspiration to Americans.

June 18, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Internet trolls: Don’t feed them

When the Internet swept the landscape twenty years ago, few imagined the chatting, Facebook, and other instantaneous social media that has resulted in breathtaking changes in communication structure. These changes have occurred faster than any manmade changes in the history of humankind.

June 18, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Take the time to click it

The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office reports that of the hundreds of crash related deaths that have occurred in Kansas, almost 70 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,384 lives could be saved if seat belts had been worn. As of 2013, Kansas has an 81 percent seat belt usage rate.

June 16, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Keep your cool

The first day of summer is just round the corner. From the swimming pool to the lake to mowing the yard to exercising, it is time for everyone to remember just how dangerous the seasonal heat can be.

June 14, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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

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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

Has Your Smoke Alarm Expired?

This week marks Fire Prevention Week, and local and state safety officials urge all Kansas residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and ...

October 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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