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Develop Santa Fe Trail

The development of the Santa Fe Trail is a good idea. It passed through Barton and Pawnee County during the 1800s as a major wagon route to the west.

August 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Gun control

Police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., are looking for a "burglar" who stole a gun and knife from Mike Maisonneuve's unlocked car in his driveway. But the act sounds more like an intervention than a crime. Even the victim is treating it as a wake-up call, according to the story as reported by WPBF-TV.

August 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


CDC says boomers should be tested for hep C

ATLANTA - All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, the Center for Disease Control has recently stated.

August 22, 2012 | | Viewpoint


Good investment

It's been a little over a year since the Great Bend City Council accepted a $500,000 gift to purchase the Convention Center that had been part of the Highland Hotel. The new hotel owner is settled in, and it's time for the city to move forward.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Compromise is a must for leaders

Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.

August 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Back to school

Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.

August 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Internet sales tax a must

The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.

August 09, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The case for capital punishment

While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.

August 01, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Rain gauge

A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.

July 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Evil is not new

Human beings are capable of both great evil and great good. This country recently had an example of the evil humans are capable of with the shootings in Aurora, Colo.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Primary lessons

Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Immunizations are important

It is extremely important to immunize children. Diseases that once were practically eradicated have been making a comeback.

July 18, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Cowboy Up

The job title "Cowboy" conjures images of riding range and roping dogies, but real life cowboys in the 21st Century have a lot more to do than wander over yonder and gaze at the moon. Working knowledge of animal science, including animal nutrition, safety precautions and more is required. A cowboy may still ride a horse, but may also need to be able to download information into a computer.

July 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


We're farming

Most Kansans have driven past farms and seen signs like the one that reads, "One Kansas farmer feeds more than 128 people, and you." Now, thanks to a viral video by three Kansas brothers, the entire world may see that sign.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing with fire

This began as a "viewpoint" asking everyone to be cautious when shooting fireworks, but there's a chance we don't be shooting them at all this Fourth of July.

June 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Pedal power

At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Local first responders are keeping it real

All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving the keys away to the city

Here's how dumb the Baltimore mayor is.

April 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Get moving

According to a survey released by the Physical Activity Council last week, the number of Americans who were "totally sedentary" last year jumped to its highest level since 2007.

April 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


What do you know?

Finally, a survey has been done that shows what most of us have known since the opening bell of the 2015 Kansas Legislature.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Walking a mile in he shoes

Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner wants area men to put themselves "in her shoes." By "her," she is referring to the countless women who suffer from sexual and domestic violence.

April 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Unwritten rules just plain silly

There is a laundry list of things wrong with major-league baseball, but we'll just take on one topic today - beanballs.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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