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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


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


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Homework: Daily reading

If you're reading this, there's a good chance your gray cells are active this morning (or afternoon or evening).

September 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cliches hit sour chord

The ever popular "here's a stilly phrase you should never say," has returned. They are phrases that you should try to avoid saying.

September 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Local help needed

It is a problem much bigger than many of us realize.

August 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pastor teaches a valuable lesson

A preacher transformed himself into a "homeless person," at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders ...

August 27, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A bad rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a large increase in the minimum salary threshold for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions (executive, professional and ...

August 25, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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