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Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms, let's take a moment to remember the bathroom debates of 20 years ago. Specifically, gender parity and the growing need for family restrooms. Both needs came to the forefront as the result of societal changes that took root following the Women's Liberation Movement.

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the commission meeting Monday morning. It was a short, simple but moving ceremony that not only recognized Kruckenberg for his Army service, but was the start of a series of recognitions honoring veterans.

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Better access to recreation needed for segment of city’s kids

As the school year comes to a close, let's take a few minutes to consider the joys of summer break.

May 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


I want to ride my bicycle

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

May 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to party outdoors

Wrapping up Saturday, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held its state baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex. Athletes from across the state, as well as fans, and local spectators visited the complex, and local residents had the chance to experience outstanding college sports.

May 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Cinco de Mayo

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday so it's time for our annual history lesson.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time for better communication

The furor over the Central Kansas Library System's new sign at Broadway and Stone is unfortunate for many reasons.

May 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

One could hardly travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people working yards and public spaces. They were everywhere.

April 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Is this the governor’s legacy?

Kansas legislators will return from their spring break Wednesday to face a daunting task, they must close projected budget gaps totaling about $290 million.

April 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A cooperative effort

For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal point for Great Bend, a center of community events ranging from City Band concerts to Cinco de Mayo to June Jaunt.

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square.

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face. Likewise those representatives make an effort to attend events like legislative coffees like the one held Wednesday morning at Ellinwood.

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Take the tour of lights

When it comes to looking at Christmas lights, perhaps the first things that come to mind are the Plaza in Kansas City or Botanica in ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it at home

First, no one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. Second, there ...

December 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pay attention

Next week the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will tour the district bus barn, so its members can see first-hand whether a new ...

December 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Give on Giving Tuesday

With today being Giving Tuesday kicking of the holiday giving season, nearly a third of all annual giving taking place in December, the personal-finance website ...

November 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it local

Christmas shopping lists.

November 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Thanks again

A popular meme this year carries the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being ...

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A time to give thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving and sadly, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This is that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas ...

November 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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