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Happy Kansas Day!

A year ago today, Kansas was celebrating 150 years of statehood.

January 29, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Safer is better

There was a national news story a few years back that noted that Jay Leno had set a record, getting a speeding ticket with the oldest car on record on a California freeway.

January 26, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to get involved

It was a week of good news for the American system, only close to home.

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


America could turn it off

In 1965, America lost one of its first motion picture sex symbols, when Clara Bow, the It Girl, died of heart disease.

January 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Lead the way to freedom, Barbie!

It's a tale as old as the cultural revolution - you remember, when Mao decided to destroy everyone in China who dared to think for themselves, and his reaction was to beat them until they thought right. You know. Like him.

January 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


The night America died

There was a time, back when "daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days" it was "when a man named Al Capone, tried to make that town his own" and "brother what a night it really was, brother what a fight it really was."

January 20, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep free exchange free

At the turn of the millennium, there was significant discussion about the importance of the Internet remaining a free and open form of communication and for the expression of ideas.

January 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


TB is still out there, and here, too

This week there were two pieces of news that should have acted as wake-up calls for Americans who are complacent about the state of public health around the world.

January 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Judge Theis made the right decision

District Judge Franklin R. Theis is what we call a judge out here in the real world.

January 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


The law

This is Kansas, and for the most part, it is still a state of rural communities, a place where you would expect that people could trust each other, but you would not always be right.

January 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Stop mor protesters

You can't find it around here, but there is a national food chain, Chik-fil-a, that has a hilarious ad campaign in which cows hold up crude signs that read: "Eat more chikin!"

January 13, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


They don't follow the rules

Here's a hint:

January 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Lt. Dan honors real hero

Gary Sinise is one of those celebrities you don't hear about all that much when he's off the screen.

January 11, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Some guests never leave

Coquies have become established in Hawaii.

January 10, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Lights, camera, service

Carroll Baker, Walter Brennan, Lee J. Cobb ...

January 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | 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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