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Spellbound

Iola student Clara Wicoff and her family will soon be flying to Washington, D.C., for the National Spelling Bee. Wicoff, who just completed the eighth grade, is the champion of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee, held March 17 at Barton Community College.

May 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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Playing Chicken: Moran pushes for common sense

Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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