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Hoisington Lincoln School: Time for an upgrade

In Hoisington, USD 431 School Board is considering several options for upgrading Lincoln School, which was built in 1920s. It is the oldest school in the district and houses third and fourth graders.

November 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Voting is only the start

Well, today is here. This is the big day. The midterm general election is at hand.

November 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Make your voice heard

There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election, especially the race for Kansas governor and U.S. Senate. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.

November 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We're excited

Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.

October 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Give it a chance

On Sunday, the Great Bend Tribune ran a story about a new Holiday Inn Express that is coming to town. It will feature 80 rooms, modern decor, contemporary features and meeting rooms.

October 27, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


‘Razing’ concerns

Everything old is new again. Well, sometimes.

October 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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


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Doing their jobs

Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get off that couch

At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.

March 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


WSU owns bragging rights on Jayhawks

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No big surprise

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State basketball delivers highs and lows

On one side, St. John's players and fans were celebrating a state basketball championship with laughter and joy.

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Walking to school

Great Bend's public elementary schools are about to engage in a very worthwhile endeavor – the Walking School Bus program. It will be implemented in all five USD 428 elementary schools.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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