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Kansas is drying up

Sometimes a job is just too easy and Gov. Sam Brownback has a chore this week that shouldn't be much of a stretch.

July 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Try a different profession

When they are dealing with taxpayers in the private sector who shouldered bigger burdens decades ago, it should come as no surprise that there is getting to be less and less sympathy for public workers who not only don't want to pay their fair share, but who show contempt for our system of government in the process.

July 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


OK Kansas, gravy is NOT a food group

If there is one thing we like to do in Kansas, it's eat.

July 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Entertainment doesn't have to be true

Next year CBS could have Jackie Gleason host the Fourth of July program in Boston.

July 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Courtesy goes a long way towards success

Imagine this: American cities are learning they need to rethink how they do stuff because of the aging of the population.

July 08, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Sit down and shut up

Good for the staff at the Alamo Cinema in Austin.

July 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Surprise! You lost!

Earlier this summer, someone won $25,000 on a slot machine in Pennsylvania. Only they really didn't win, according to the state officials, even though they were allowed to keep the money. And in the process of all this mess, there are questions about just when a winner becomes a loser.

July 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It's so hot, that ...

We are in that stretch of the summer.

July 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


" ... they are endowed ..."

"...they are endowed ..."

July 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Way to go!

Every so often you come across these human interest stories that suggest you are only as old as you believe you are.

June 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Shooters are responsible

Local officials continued discussions about fireworks around Barton County this week.

June 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Pop goes the holiday

Barton County officials weren't ready to put the kibosh on fireworks for this Independence Day, but that's mainly because it's so late in the game.

June 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Taxpayers don't get an escort

It's astonishing what ends up being controversial.

June 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Al is certainly no pal

If you got to the Wikipedia Internet encyclopedia, and if you look up Bill Clinton, you are told that he was the 42nd president and that he was in office from 1993 to 2001.

June 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


They are unsocial media

For the uninitiated, the world is currently dealing with yet another in a seemingly endless variety of ways that we can be special and different. This time we do it through our Internet fixation and we call it "social media."

June 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrations create lifetime memories

I admit it.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Measles protection makes good sense

Delaying vaccines is a waste of time and could be dangerous to your children. And no, foreigners are not bringing most measles cases into the U.S.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Good things are happening

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet took place Saturday night. A full house at the Convention Center heard a about the strides made in the business community.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Buckle up!

Why buckle up?

February 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Presumed innocent

Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tobacco tax hike good idea

For once, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to correct the state's massive budget shortfall make a modicum of sense. He has forwarded proposals to raise alcohol and tobacco taxes which are now being reviewed by a legislative committee.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The man behind the curtain

Just in case no one has notice, Kansas is in sorry fiscal shape, due in large part to our conservative elected leadership that used the Sunflower State as a lab rat in a grand experiment.

February 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Sam Who?

Sam Brownback has a pen, and he's not afraid to use it. His executive order to remove discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees proves that.

February 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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