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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


Attend a school program

For everything, there is a season.

September 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Attend a school program

For everything, there is a season.

September 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A chance to honor our work ethic

Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.

September 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hold that hearing

It would be a mistake for the Great Bend City Council to reinstate Clifton Couch as chief of police without first conducting the appeal hearing he is entitled to. That hearing needs to take place as soon as possible.

August 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Is the train is leaving the station

On Saturday, Congressman Roger Marshall listened as college students shared stories about lives saved by the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) when he stopped at Haven, the last on his Farm Bill listening tour. They asked him if, after hearing these stories, he would have compassion for those in need and support funding for the program in the 2018 Farm Bill. Marshall agreed there is no question the need is there, but rather than a hand-out, he'd like to pave the way for jobs so fewer people need SNAP. Moments later, another attendee at his listening ...

August 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A prayer for tolerance

"I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it."

August 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


One Side

Not every Donald Trump supporter is a racist; they don't all think white supremacists and neo-Nazis and KKK members are united with "fine people" just trying to preserve our "beautiful statues and monuments."

August 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Election letters

Well, here we are with elections not far away. Elections always stoke the editorial furnace here at the Tribune, and this year should be no different with all the interest surrounding the Great Bend city races. With this in mind, it is a good time to offer a refresher course on out political campaign letter policy.

August 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time for school bells

School will soon be starting. It's been a long, hot summer, so kids and motorists alike need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe for us all. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:

August 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Home Run

Great Bend's Bat Cats baseball team had a great first year, winning three of four games at the NBC World Series before losing to Cheney's Diamond Dawgs.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Fleeting summer

Summer is far from over, but already we see signs of fall approaching.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


United We Stand

Protecting the integrity of America's elections is hardly a partisan issue. But the steps proposed to do so may be. While Kris Kobach and President Trump fret about potential voter fraud that is negligible, the attempts of Russian hackers to meddle with elections is a real threat.

July 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tourism key to state

The travel sector is an integral part of the Kansas economy contributing more than $10 billion in expenditures and sustains over 94,000 jobs. And this continues to grow, making it one of the fastest expanding portions of the state's economy, noted Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett.

July 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A lot at risk

It is funny (funny strange, not funny "ha, ha") that our Republican-dominated Legislature mustered enough intestinal fortitude to pass a bill to expand Medicare in Kansas. It is down-right sickening that come April, this same Legislature cowed and caved, unable to find the guts to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto.

July 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Give the winners a chance

The election is over. The voters have spoken. There are new faces in local halls of power.

November 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Window dressing

The City of Wichita will start the new year with a civilian oversight board for its police. Its purpose, according to the Wichita Eagle, is ...

November 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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