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A time to give

"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.

December 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Second chances

It is human nature to want to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Parents do this with their kids, teachers do this with their students and rational adults do this with each other.

December 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Galileo's theory

In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial at Inquisition headquarters in Rome. He had been controversial for years, because he presented a "theory" that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and the Earth went around the Sun. Somehow the idea of this famous scientist had been allowed to stand, so long as it was presented as a hypothetical and not as reality.

December 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


What’s the deal?

Statewide, Gasbuddy tells us, gas prices continue to plummet. Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78.

December 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time to give

It is easy this time of year to get caught up in the whirlwind of commercialism that has devoured the holidays. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the relentless barrage of television commercials and the aisles of Christmas stuff in stores, this idea shoves out all visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

November 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take a second helping

Many of us spent Thanksgiving with family, enjoying a meal and recalling all of the reasons we have to give thanks (starting with family and an abundance of healthy food).

November 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Take care when hitting the roads

We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.

November 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We are not surprised

The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.

November 22, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Looking ahead

Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.

November 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Political polling gets it wrong, serves no purpose

The political polls that indicated that Gov. Sam Brownback would surely lose and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts re-election campaign was in trouble proved to be a joke.

November 20, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Smell the coffee

Oops.

November 17, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Growing momentum

On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.

November 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Shake it up

It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.

November 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Respecting nature Find a trash can for that empty bottle On Sunday, a dedicated band of volunteers

Find a trash can for that empty bottle.

November 11, 2014 | | Viewpoint


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


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Take care with fireworks

Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


There is a lot to do

In case you couldn't guess, with the heat, wind and combines, summer has arrived.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


We are in this together

Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The “Father Factor”

Father's Day is much more than a time to give and receive neck ties and coffee mugs or to golf and barbecue.

June 21, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) | Viewpoint


Happy Fathers’ Day

Dads make a difference and dads are really important. Studies have consistently demonstrated that fathers – whether they live with their children or not, matter in the lives of their kids.

June 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Not all Royals are all-stars

Now, I realize if the Kansas City Royals were a T-ball team, what their fans are doing would be fine.

June 19, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Lets clean it up

What kind of an impression is Great Bend leaving upon newcomers. It doesn't take them long to site unsightly properties.

June 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Preservation not always the best opton

Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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