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Taxing question

A quarter-cent sales tax implemented in 2008 will end next year unless Great Bend voters say "yes" to a question on the ballot.

November 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Back to the drawing board

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled for the twelfth time since 2003 that the State of Kansas has failed to "make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state" as required by Article 6, Section 6 of the Kansas Constitution. While there are Republican legislators eager to attack the integrity of our state Supreme Court justices, such a tactic is short-sighted and unproductive.

October 26, 2017 | Lauren Tice Miller | Viewpoint


A nice gesture

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., introduced last week a resolution "condemning the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nev., honoring the memory of the victims of the deadly shooting, offering condolences to, and expressing support for, the families and friends of the victims and all of the individuals who were affected by the attack, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, medical professionals, hotel security and staff, and community members in responding to the attack."

October 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Snyder’s tenure nears finish line

It's truly sad when your favorite legendary heroes finish their careers.

October 20, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Reality U

This week eighth graders at Great Bend Middle School were sent to Reality U, thanks to many local volunteers and the support of the United Way of Central Kansas. For this interactive learning exercise, the GBMS gym was transformed into a giant board game of sorts.

October 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Don’t hold our kids hostage

It is said that all politics is local, and nothing could be more accurate than with the Congressional delay in reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This inaction could result in thousands of Kansas children losing health insurance coverage, which could in turn affect their education.

October 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Good Scouting

The announcement that Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to become Cub Scouts and eventually earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout is good news for young ladies across the nation. It will only help girls in central Kansas if there is enough interest in membership and enough willing volunteers to start all-girl chapters, however.

October 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Life sentence

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Family by choice: Camp Hope

When Camp Hope got its start in 1983, there was nothing like it in the United States: A camp for children with cancer.

September 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Flying high

The 2017 Fly Kansas Air Tour gets underway Thursday morning in Wellington. Great Bend Municipal Airport isn't one of the stops on the three-day tour, but that doesn't mean good things aren't happening here.

September 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Literacy push

If you're reading this, you've probably read a book or two. Perhaps you've read the top stories in today's newspaper or read about how your team is faring (Go Chiefs!). Speaking of newspapers, George Burns famously said, "I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name's not there, I eat breakfast."

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Replay error costs K-State Wildcats

Sometimes an official makes a mistake.

September 20, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic American town, suddenly encounter unexplainable events and conclude they are the result of an alien invasion. (In a later remake, "The Monsters are on Maple Street," (2003) they suspect there has been a terrorist attack.) In the end, the neighbors turn on each other and innocent blood is shed. Even though they weren't exactly wrong about the aliens/terrorists, the real damage came from within.

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A Woman's View

When I consider that our parents passed away about 17 years ago, I tend to think that it was not so long ago.

September 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint


Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, but the damage it has caused was made worse by climate change, some of which can certainly be attributed to human activity.

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Social media regulation needed

There has been much hullabaloo recently over social media giant Facebook and accusations that personal information on its users was leaked. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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