As Kansas approaches another of those horribly trying civic experiences, the burden placed upon responsible members of a horribly free society, there are those who suggest we are just making it too hard on conscientious citizens.
In the great 1986 Sci-Fi movie, "Aliens," the movie's heroine, Ripley, asked the pointed question that has sprung to mind for many of us in the recent past: "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"
Experts at Wolf Creek power plant are studying what is going on right now in Japan, and that is a terrific relief to all of us who have been losing sleep over the possibility of a Kansas-syndrome event.
Most of us have had the conversation with our kids that is now being played out from local communities, to the Congress and even on, overseas.
Many of you already do it, blame it on who you will, but you really do. You try to be funny, making observations that tend towards the crude and rude.
OK, it is true that earlier this week we were concerned about whether we were going to get hit with blizzard conditions again.
Back in the '60s, when you didn't bother to clean up your room and your mom carried out her threat and pitched that comic book you'd left laying on the floor, she probably didn't realize how her actions would contribute to an astonishing element of inflation in our culture, but the scarcity of certain "graphic novels" is creating amazing opportunities today.
It seems in today's society there is little that will get you in trouble quicker than to dare to stand up for traditional families.
One of the signs that we are seeing a failure of the very core values that are supposed to make the United States different from other nations?
Thank ya', thank ya' very much.
You can always tell when things are getting desperate in America. They bring out the celebrities.
David Henderson, a Korean War veteran long suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, applied 15 days past the deadline for enhanced care under a 2001 veterans-benefits law and thus was, as required by the statute, disqualified from the additional benefits.
This was going to be an editorial reflecting on the mess Charlie Sheen has made of his life and career, but he's become such an embarrassment to himself that it really doesn't bear comment any longer.
Ben Franklin said that to call an American an Englishman was like calling an ox a bull - he appreciates the compliment, but he'd rather have back what is rightfully his.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.
As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.
Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.
A Walking School Bus is where kids walk to school with an adult volunteer, and Riley School and USD 431 Hoisington received grants for Walking School buses.
Local election officials and Secretary of State Kris Kobach remind Kansans that today is the last day to register to vote for anyone who wants to vote in November's general election. Advance voting begins Wednesday in Barton County.
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