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Virus scare

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.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Food: What's good for you

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.

October 23, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Just a reminder

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.

October 20, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Do your homework

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.

October 18, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


No sale

Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.

October 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Walking to school provides healthful benefits

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.

October 15, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The time is now

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.

October 13, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pat Roberts faces a political battle

You knew when U.S. Senator Pat Roberts started getting endorsed by high profile Republicans, his campaign was in serious jeopardy.

October 08, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


NFL- Not a non profit

The NFL provides an interesting diversion for many in a variety of ways.

October 08, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Take time to walk

The Barton County Commission heard a report Monday morning on the Built Environment and Outdoors Summit that took place in mid-September in Wichita. The annual event covered ideas for and efforts to improve community infrastructures and healthy food options to better community health.

October 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get over it

OK, it's settled. It's finally settled.

October 04, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Shameful

Last week an American woman journalist reported on the war effort abroad, noting a female fighter pilot from another country, risking her life, had bombed our common enemy, ISIS.

October 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Taxing issue: Kansas shows astounding decline in revenue

According to the AP on Tuesday, "Tax collections by the Kansas state government in September fell a sobering $21 million below projections to mark the fourth time in the past six months revenue failed to match targets, officials said Tuesday.

October 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Athletic director made poor hire

The University of Kansas football program has reached Rock Chalk Bottom.

October 01, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


An ongoing problem

It's an issue that is an all to common part of Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips' bi-weekly departmental update to the County Commission. Amongst the other activities is often listed the effort involved in replacing signs, particularly stop signs, destroyed by vandals.

September 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | 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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