Anyone who's ever read much Stephen King knows how much the horror fiction author likes to use rock lyrics in his work. You know, like "You can't always get what you want. But if you try real hard, you just might find, you get what you need."
Ah, the fresh air that has blessed our land!
Here's what we know as of the moment ...
An incident going on in California - surprise! - has turned into a near-perfect example of what many anti-statists believe is wrong with America.
Hey, knock yourselves out.
It was in a student chapel sermon that a young student was exposed to a philosophy that would move a nation, that, in our better moments, moves us still.
They aren't trying to stop a war.
Oh for Pete's sake!
Unless the weather forecasts were completely wrong - and what is the chance that could ever happen? - you are dealing with cold weather outside as you read this. In fact there are chances that Kansas will get its first snow of the season today, and pretty much the whole state is seeing sub-freezing temperatures over the next couple of days.
Many of us may have marveled at the "freak" snow storm that his the northeastern part of the country this past weekend, and we might have been complacent, had we forgotten that it wasn't all that many years ago that Great Bend had to cancel trick-or-treating due to our own Halloween blizzard.
You know how it is.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the holidays - along comes Halloween and the news that it's not safe.
Good for Lawrence.
"I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine.
"Adoni-Bezek said, 'Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.' They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there." - Judges 1
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
On Sunday, the Great Bend Tribune ran a story about a new Holiday Inn Express that is coming to town. It will feature 80 rooms, modern decor, contemporary features and meeting rooms.
Everything old is new again. Well, sometimes.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.
As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.
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