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Be safe on Halloween

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the holidays - along comes Halloween and the news that it's not safe.

October 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Good for Lawrence

Good for Lawrence.

October 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Fight for this lost cause

"I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine.

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We watch as killers are killed

"Adoni-Bezek said, 'Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.' They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there." - Judges 1

October 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Don't give them your money

To a great extent, it's been another of those years when Hollywood followed our sad, cultural direction towards victimization and darkness and away from creativity and entertainment.

October 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Take your own advice

With the complicity of the TV talking heads, the current administration continues to be shored up. We are supposed to just look the other way over the worst financial condition since the one we solved by diving into World War II. We are supposed to play like the scandal involving the current administration and the deaths of law enforcement officers on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border never happened. And we are to pretend that Vice President Joe Biden is a senior statesman.

October 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Just clean up after yourselves

Protest what ever you want, just don't break the law. And if you do break the law, take your arrest like a man and pay the consequences. If you don't want to pay the consequences, then don't break the law. But don't inconvenience the rest of us in the process.

October 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Remember Fire Prevention Month

We are continuing our month-long coverage of Fire Prevention Month information, today.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


How terribly strange ...

Old friends, old friends,

October 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


We could use the prayer

Our Heavenly Father,

October 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Ya'll can keep the change

Bocephus struck back at his detractors this week and entered some new phraseology into the current debate about what America needs.

October 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Who will we be in the future?

For all of those who get fed up, or even offended by Michael Moore or Sean Penn, it is appropriate to consider the reality facing an Iranian actress.

October 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Hunters need to mind their manners

There's an old joke about the guy who takes his wife elk hunting in Colorado.

October 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Show us the money

Some federal officials are having a difficult time understanding the concept, perhaps because they spend way too much time with other bureaucrats and too little with the people who actually pay their salaries - but city and county officials around the nation are experiencing the best success in selling taxpayers on the need to spend.

October 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Time to get involved

If you are one of those who believe there's nothing for you to do to get involved and make this a better place in which to live, man, is there an opportunity open for you!

October 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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Pedal power

At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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


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