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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


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


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A time to remember who we are

The latest version of the Barton County Fair began Wednesday with the annual fashion review and kicks into full gear this week. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation ...

July 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Please say what you really mean

I'm confused.

July 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Founding ideas - Quotes for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers - and one Founding Mother.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Take care with fireworks

Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


There is a lot to do

In case you couldn't guess, with the heat, wind and combines, summer has arrived.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We are in this together

Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The “Father Factor”

Father's Day is much more than a time to give and receive neck ties and coffee mugs or to golf and barbecue.

June 21, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) | Viewpoint


Happy Fathers’ Day

Dads make a difference and dads are really important. Studies have consistently demonstrated that fathers – whether they live with their children or not, matter in the lives of their kids.

June 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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