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Preventative measures

According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, Kansas ranks dead last in the continental United States in terms of immunization rates for the human papilloma virus. This virus plays a huge role in cervical, head and neck cancers in males and females, ages 9-26.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A mountain out of a molehill

It was announced this week that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has charged three voters in two counties of casting ballots illegally while voting in another state in the same elections. These are the first cases filed under a new state law giving him the power to prosecute election fraud allegations.

October 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Science Champs: A reason to celebrate

Senator Jerry Moran is a "Champion of Science."

October 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Recycling benefits increasing

Last year, Sunflower Diversified Services purchased a grinder, allowing the recycling business to grow. Now, glass can be ground and made useful locally by the Barton County Road and Bridge Department for paving our rural roads. This was fantastic news this week. It shows that recycling is certainly worthwhile.

October 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


I consider Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder to be the smartest coach I've ever seen up close.

October 14, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

No real surprises

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has added a new interactive map to its website. This map breaks down statistics and shows the impact each county has on the total state economy. The map allows users to see detailed agricultural statistics including farm numbers, leading agricultural sectors and value-added data.

October 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Geneva rules

The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But last Saturday, the hospital was bombarded by American military, after Afghan forces called for air support to take back the city from the Taliban.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

End of an era

It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities rich World War II heritage. The Great Bend City Council Monday night discussed the fate of last of the remaining WW II B-29 hangars at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well being.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Show your colors Friday

Homecoming for the Great Bend Panthers is Friday. The varsity football team will play Dodge City, and all week long students are showing their spirit with daily spirit activities.

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Playoff seedings need revamping

Baseball's playoff system is an absolute joke.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Go say hi

Do you know who lives next door to you? Have you ever actually exchanged a word with them? If so, congratulations, you're part of a growing American trend. Studies indicate that about one third of Americans say they have never interacted with their neighbors.

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A risky business

This past week was Farm Safety and Health Week and when September wraps up Wednesday, so does Farm Safety Month, but the risks of agriculture continue. The annual observance, a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in its 72nd year, was a time to call attention to this dangerous occupation.

September 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal Title 1 funding rather than stick with the program.

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Giving back for the fun of it

In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend Tribune newsroom calendar, and the Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo, families of Veterans and deployed servicemen, and a host of other charitable institutions stand to benefit.

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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A time to share

On Tuesday, the Golden Belt Community Foundation and numerous local organizations will join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Occurring this year on Dec. 1 ...

November 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Be thankful

"Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the ...

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your part

The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Terrorism is pure evil

There is nothing religious about killing innocent people.

November 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Coffee cups? Really?

Call it a tempest in a coffee cup.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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