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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


Hold still for your hug

"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet." - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

March 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Endorsement time is running out

It's coming up to that time of the election cycle again, the end of the endorsements.

March 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Could be Junction City

Fans of the Mel Brooks comedy classic, "Young Frankenstein" still laugh at the wonderful scene when Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman are digging up their "corpse."

March 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Leaders are like eagles -- we don't have either here

When November rolls around and this country continues on its current status quo stumble to bigger and bigger government that spends more, employs more, and does less for those footing the bill, it might be worthwhile to look back to this week's news.

March 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


They chose to break DUI law

Here's a guy who should have a statue erected.

March 20, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's such a pretty lie

Americans are, unfortunately, used to being lied to by people running for office.

March 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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A dirty job

At times, Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker's and City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's positions may be unpleasant.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hill’s mission helped others

It took a life-altering disease to change the focus for Lauren Hill.

April 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Government in action

Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.

April 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.

April 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Coming together

It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make the trip

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo opens Wednesday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s our duty

Your voice counts.

April 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Misfire:'Constitutional Carry' legislation not needed

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wichita East misses a teaching moment

It was a classic teaching moment for Wichita East High School parents, teachers and administrators.

April 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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