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Time to act

Our Congressional representatives from Kansas need to get behind the Military Justice Improvement Act, a proposal to combat sexual assault in the military. It started with a Democratic Senator, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, but has already become a bipartisan effort. Republicans who have lent their support so far include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who remarked this week, "I try not to look at issues from a partisan point of view. I'm sure I do sometimes, but I try not to. As a physician, I look at problems and try ...

August 15, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Engaging the world

A news paper can make a difference and connect the world.

August 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Time to say thanks

Barton Community College Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy was asked to welcome the Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers to the BCC campus for their annual appreciation dinner Thursday night.

August 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Home-grown goodness

State agriculture officials and our governor have finally realized something we have know for a long time here – the importance of farmers markets.

August 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Blind justice

Just think if you were a victim of a sexual crime.

August 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Another folly for baseball

There are more than a million reasons why major-league baseball players use illegal substances to enhance their skill.

August 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Wrong versus right Those who make a difference

Willie Reed, an African-American man in Mississippi in 1955, saw a young man, Emmett Till, murdered.

July 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Working together

A recent Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll found that Congress has drawn among the lowest approval ratings in history, with 83 percent of those responding giving it the big thumbs down. Looking at the past, this Congress is on pace to beat the record as the most ineffective in modern government history, surpassing that of the post Civil War era.

July 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Time to help

The theme for the 2014 United Way of Central Kansas campaign is "It All Starts with You." The fact that 99 percent of the money raises stays local is a testament to that.

July 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Stomach Bug Scare

Kansas is one of 11 states, at last count, where nearly 300 people have been hit by a mysterious stomach bug that surprised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These people have been diagnosed with a cyclospora infection, which comes from a parasite most often found in tropical or subtropical countries. According to the Associated Press, this type of infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Area fun

Summer is a super time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and the great many local activities.

July 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

A melting pot

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes hit the nail on the head when she described Great Bend the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

July 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Safety first

Such a tragedy, the drowning deaths of so many people this summer.

July 19, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

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Be thankful

"Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the ...

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your part

The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Terrorism is pure evil

There is nothing religious about killing innocent people.

November 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Coffee cups? Really?

Call it a tempest in a coffee cup.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Just leave us alone

There have been at least three examples of late of just how out of touch the Kansas Legislature is with rural parts of the state ...

November 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The students at the University of Missouri got the nation's attention this past week and were successful in ousting the college president, Timothy Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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