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Keep building those bridges

There are all sorts of hackneyed references you could fall prey to.

December 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You earn respect every day

When you went to school years ago, all of the male teachers, even the coaches, unless they were actually out in the field, wore a shirt and tie.

December 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Pay attention to the rules

We hear about it every year, the people who get upset with the rules on a passenger jet and act like a jackass at 30,000 feet and 500 mph.

December 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


This horror can return

Earlier this year, a Barton County Health Department worker who has helped increase the rate of children's immunization protection in Barton County was recognized by the Barton County Commission as the recipient of an Employee Recognition. WIC Clerk Pamela Luna was active in the Kansas Immunization Dare To Be A Champion and through her efforts, the county saw an increase in immunization rates from 76 to 80 percent, according to information from the Health Department.

December 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Grab for the opportunities

Great Bend City Council members' support for a coming outdoors event was a good decision, and it also helped to show it takes more than just your run-of-the-mill conventions to make a community a success.

December 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It is our money

It's very easy these days to find a pathetic story and tsk,tsk over the miscreants involved.

December 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's intentional injury

Many of us can remember the ad campaigns from Colt firearms.

December 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Not everything is more expensive

As today's cartoons attempt to urge, it's really NOT all about the shopping.

December 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


All we want for Christmas is decorum

OK, to be fair, the video of 41-year-old Mariah Carey and 17-year-old Justin Bieber performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, by our current cultural standards, not all that racy.

December 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


You get what you need

As a wise man once observed: "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need."

December 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Do your best, even in charity

There are a couple of holiday stories you can expect to see pretty much each year.

November 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Here's another bill, Mr. and Mrs. America

Just in case you wondered in the hissy-fit back east this fall was worthwhile, reports came out this past week about what it is costing taxpayers - currently working taxpayers. You know, those fools who go on working and paying their bills and keeping up with their adult responsibilities despite how unfair life may be.

November 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Flunk the walk-out professor

Just when you think the American work ethic isn't what it once was, along comes George Parrott and our faith is restored - NOT!

November 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Happy Thanksgiving, turkey

It is estimated that Americans will consume something like 4,000 calories today.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Local first responders are keeping it real

All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving the keys away to the city

Here's how dumb the Baltimore mayor is.

April 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Get moving

According to a survey released by the Physical Activity Council last week, the number of Americans who were "totally sedentary" last year jumped to its highest level since 2007.

April 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


What do you know?

Finally, a survey has been done that shows what most of us have known since the opening bell of the 2015 Kansas Legislature.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Walking a mile in he shoes

Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner wants area men to put themselves "in her shoes." By "her," she is referring to the countless women who suffer from sexual and domestic violence.

April 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Unwritten rules just plain silly

There is a laundry list of things wrong with major-league baseball, but we'll just take on one topic today - beanballs.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A time to reflect and look forward

Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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