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We give a carp

February 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


These strings are tight

City staff members continue to explore possible futures for the Great Bend Convention Center and, while there are imponderables that continue to be discussed about how the facility will be operated and developed, what is clear is that the taxpayers of Great Bend are going to paying a bill that will be well over the $500,000 that was spent to "give" the center to us.

February 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


These strings are tight

City staff members continue to explore possible futures for the Great Bend Convention Center and, while there are imponderables that continue to be discussed about how the facility will be operated and developed, what is clear is that the taxpayers of Great Bend are going to paying a bill that will be well over the $500,000 that was spent to "give" the center to us.

February 23, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Gophers need to go go go

"Here comes the colonel with his sergeant,

February 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Thought police are going mainstream

Anyone who's ever hit the wrong button on the remote and stumbled onto MSNBC can't possibly be surprised that the powers that be there have dumped conservative talking head Pat Buchanan.

February 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Prices are going up

When the price of candy bars drops significantly, Americans will take this announcement seriously.

February 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Watch your mouth

There are some "shades of gray" issues in our culture today, though fewer than the ethical relativists would suggest.

February 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Got ID? Well, get it!

Elsewhere, the Tribune is reporting on County Clerk Donna Zimmerman's continuing effort to acquaint Barton County voters with the need to have a photo ID at the polls this year.

February 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Freedom or safety

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose," according to the queen of the free spirits, the late Janis Joplin.

February 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Respect the office, if not the man

Many of us remember the disgraceful showing our nation suffered through late in 2008 when the TV talking heads, elected officials - you can't call them "leaders" if they refuse to lead - and even security officers refused to react when our president was attacked in public.

February 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Never forget

The Marine Corps is under fire for a misstep that may be an honest mistake and if that is the case, then our "leaders" need to find out and not just hang these young men out to dry.

February 10, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Let the Sioux decide

It probably isn't really "ironic" anymore, because it has become so common place to insult those people we allegedly are "protecting," and that is certainly what is happening in the northern Great Plains where some folk heroes are being shuttled aside in the name of political correctness.

February 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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


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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


A time to reflect and look forward

Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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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