Between spanking, opt-in sex education in schools, banning incompatibility divorces, banning surrogacy, to moving the date to change voter registrations from two weeks prior to the primary to prior to candidate filing deadline, to school finance, and gun rights, the Kansas Legislature has been very busy this year.
The approval of a project to install 32 bicycle safety awareness signs through Barton County by the County Commission Monday morning is a huge step forward in recognizing the growing importance of cycling in our area. The commissioners must be commended for their foresightful action.
As we approach the Tuesday, April 1, election, candidate supporters may want to make their opinions known. 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.
A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.
It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.
In a sick, twisted sort of way, newspaper editorial writers around the state of Kansas may miss the 2014 legislative session. After all, seldom in the history of this esteemed body of lawmakers has there been a group of legislators who have offered as many inane bills on which for pundits can expound.
On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution by ordering the state to pay about $129 million dollars to the schools by July 1. The balance of funding requested by schools will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of "adequate" education.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.
With all of our minds still thawing out after the recent winter storms, it may be tough to ponder the upcoming severe weather season. But, it will soon be upon us.
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Larned's High's Kaiden Reed is his school's lone representative at the Class 4A state wrestling championship at Salina. Reed drew a defending state champion in his first match.
The Topeka Capital Journal broke a story on Feb. 22, 2014 about U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf who is running against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.
It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The forum was the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.
Blame it on the geese choking the lake, lawn-care chemical run-off from nearby homes or shear age, but Veterans Memorial Lake has a serious problem with toxic blue-green algae. This has made the popular recreational area murky for years, and the solution to the issue remains just as clouded.
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
Lewis Young is always thinking of others.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. However, the second-annual Party in the Park Saturday was a little different than most.
The United Way of Central Kansas opened its 2015 campaign Saturday night. The theme was "Lights, Camera, United Way in Action," harking back to the glory days of Hollywood. The goal this year is $270,000, and the effort ends Dec. 31.
The trouble with tax cuts is that they cost so much.
This week, we as a nation, said farewell to the brilliant, frenetic genius that was Robin Williams-a man that befriended gorillas and entertained us for decades with his quirky sense of humor.
oung ones will soon be headed back to school. It's been a few months, so children and drivers need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe one for everyone. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:
A Great Bend Tribune reader complained over the phone this week about the continued resistance by local gasoline retailers to lower their prices. Pump prices in Great Bend have been locked at $3.43 for weeks, even as they have tumbled elsewhere, making the per gallon cost among the highest in Kansas.
To say the Republican Party has gone south in Kansas is like saying it's hot during the summer.
The first day of school is just 10 days away, which means it's not too early to remind motorists to slow down.
There isn't any significant voter fraud in Kansas or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Wichita Eagle, Aug. 13, 2012, out of 146 million nationwide voters over 12 years, there was one case for every 15 million prospective voters. Half of those cases were not prosecuted because of confusion about eligibility.
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