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Dog rescue was a Christmas treat

Like the gift of a dusting of snow right before Christmas, the story this week about a dachshund rescue wasn't in competition with the presidential race, or the economy or the treason trial as top news story.

December 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Compromise will serve us well

It took them a while to get to the point, but the Great Bend City Council kept at it Monday night - despite the impending severe weather threat - to accomplish what was in the best interest of city employees.

December 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


County crews come to the rescue

This week the Barton County Commissioners approved plans to offer pins and other items to show appreciation for the work that county staffers do, and when that is being considered in a vacuum it may not seem all that important.

December 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's a king-sized success

Man, that's scary!

December 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Nothing 'pretty' about this

If you want to get American women of "a certain age" mad at you, just suggest to them that the movie "Pretty Woman" is not appropriate, and that the prostitute-turned-wife fairy tale glamorizes a form of slavery.

December 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep building those bridges

There are all sorts of hackneyed references you could fall prey to.

December 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You earn respect every day

When you went to school years ago, all of the male teachers, even the coaches, unless they were actually out in the field, wore a shirt and tie.

December 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Pay attention to the rules

We hear about it every year, the people who get upset with the rules on a passenger jet and act like a jackass at 30,000 feet and 500 mph.

December 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


This horror can return

Earlier this year, a Barton County Health Department worker who has helped increase the rate of children's immunization protection in Barton County was recognized by the Barton County Commission as the recipient of an Employee Recognition. WIC Clerk Pamela Luna was active in the Kansas Immunization Dare To Be A Champion and through her efforts, the county saw an increase in immunization rates from 76 to 80 percent, according to information from the Health Department.

December 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Grab for the opportunities

Great Bend City Council members' support for a coming outdoors event was a good decision, and it also helped to show it takes more than just your run-of-the-mill conventions to make a community a success.

December 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It is our money

It's very easy these days to find a pathetic story and tsk,tsk over the miscreants involved.

December 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's intentional injury

Many of us can remember the ad campaigns from Colt firearms.

December 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Not everything is more expensive

As today's cartoons attempt to urge, it's really NOT all about the shopping.

December 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | 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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