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Do you feel lucky, America? Well, do you?

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Locals pave the way to the future

Anyone who's been in Great Bend for long has undoubtedly encountered Railroad Avenue, from Main to Washington.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


State should recycle its priorities

This past week as Barton County officials were considering the renewal of their Solid Waste Management Plan, local recycling efforts were discussed, and whether it is here at home or across the rest of the state, the story is the same. Kansas needs better recycling.

February 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Zombies make good business

You'd think that no one in their right mind would be excited about a community being over run by zombies, but they are actually being invited in to a southeast Kansas town - and the rest of the state needs to get in line.

February 02, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Get over it

We're so ashamed,

February 01, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Sex talk brings giggles

Sex. . . just saying the word brings sidewise glances, giggles and, by my twenty-something children, insistence that they were brought into this world by the stork.

January 31, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Something’s got to give

Something's got to give.

January 31, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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


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Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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