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Living the dream

Inauguration day, which is usually Jan. 20, has been moved to Monday because it falls on a Sunday. That means the second inauguration of President Barack Obama will coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Mending the net

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday that his administration will spend another $10 million on mental health care. His decision was reportedly prompted by the mass murders in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 26 students and teachers died.

January 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Saving water Drought conditions change watering habits

In Florida, recently, a family has been growing a vegetable garden in the front yard. It is generating some controversy as the city of Orlando wants the homeowner to pull up the micro-irrigated 25 by 25 foot plot. The condition of the garden is well kept, but it is against city code.

January 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Shrinkage

While Congress was trying to ease the pain of the so-called fiscal cliff, Representatives were apparently throwing their constituents under the bus.

January 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Adopt-A-Dog If affordable for the family

A new program has begun to encourage local families to Adopt-A-Dog. It's a great program.

January 02, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Bill of Rights

In a novel by Umberto Eco, a character comments on the long list of rules imposed on the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. "From prohibitions you can tell what people normally do. It's a way of drawing a picture of daily life."

December 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Gun control is a matter of common sense

Part of the lethality of a gun is determined by the person behind it. However, the rules governing gun control are too loose and new legislation, screening and registration are needed.

December 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


It's the End

If you're reading this, the world isn't over.

December 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Debt Armageddon

On Jan. 1, our taxes will go up, the budget will be cut and the U.S. economy, we are told, will go over a financial cliff.

December 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Some new taxes are good

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.

December 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Black Friday: Don't forget Thanksgiving

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.

November 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


America: Love it or leave it

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.

November 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leave under mandatory evacuation or loose insurance

We all are sympathetic when a natural disaster hits because of lost lives and damage to property. The personal toll can be tremendous as well as the overall economic cost.

November 14, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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Homework: Daily reading

If you're reading this, there's a good chance your gray cells are active this morning (or afternoon or evening).

September 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cliches hit sour chord

The ever popular "here's a stilly phrase you should never say," has returned. They are phrases that you should try to avoid saying.

September 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Local help needed

It is a problem much bigger than many of us realize.

August 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pastor teaches a valuable lesson

A preacher transformed himself into a "homeless person," at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders ...

August 27, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A bad rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a large increase in the minimum salary threshold for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions (executive, professional and ...

August 25, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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