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Parents should teach children to behave

Over Memorial Day, a 3-year-old boy who wouldn't let anybody buckle his seat belt was ordered off of an Alaska Airlines flight.

June 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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


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Get those immunizations

In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, a the BCHD office, 1300 Kansas.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places, they don't have many options, as the market for re-using and recycling mattresses is very small.

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason to push ratings.

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Keeping them out of jail

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger summed up what her agency does in one sentence Monday morning. "Our program is to keep people out of prison."

July 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reduce and reuse

Last week, the Barton County Commission granted $15,000 Sunflower Diversified Services to help bolster its recycling efforts. The county wisely includes $15,000 under Solid Waste Budget for recycling that its awards locally for this important function.

July 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Weather training pays off

I love those National Weather Service training sessions.

July 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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