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Boy, is it dry

"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.

May 26, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Remember the reason

Before we start our summers, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 wants us to remember the real reason we observe Memorial Day. The organization is the sponsor of this year's ceremony.

May 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Voting mess

What will Kansas do, with thousands of potential voters in limbo? Kansas and Arizona passed laws requiring people to show proof of citizenship if they want to register to vote. But anyone who registers using the federal "motor voter" form just has to say he or she is a citizen. In January, Barton County had 315 "suspense voters," and 200 of those registrations were pending because proof of citizenship had not been submitted.

May 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Save the prairie chicken in Kansas

Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and eastern Colorado are hot and dry. According to the National Weather Service, rain over the last four years, in parts of these states has been less than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.

May 21, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Be safe on the water

Memorial Day is Monday and that means the unofficial beginning of summer. So, starting this weekend, folks will be flocking to the state's many lakes.

May 19, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


War on girls

The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.

May 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kidnapping girls a terroristic plan

There is nothing religious about kidnapping schoolgirls.

May 14, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Honor Flights-Combat veterans should go first

Our combat veterans who have served in any war have performed a tremendous service to the U.S. Those who have not served in a war zone can only see glimpses of the horrors faced by our warriors through movies such as "We Were Soldiers" or "Saving Private Ryan."

May 14, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Get out and ride a bike

May is National Bike Month, so dubbed by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. It is a celebration of all things bicycle and a chance to get out doors.

May 12, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


On hold for now

At least for now, Kansas and Arizona residents can keep registering to vote with a federal form and without having to show proof of citizenship, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Thursday.

May 10, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


4 Pinocchios: Huelskamp's ACA whopper

Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Real-life training for students a building block

All of the future nurses, criminal justice majors and medical-oriented students received their test under fire.

May 07, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Kansas’ revenues fall short due to tax cuts

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the legislature enacted massive tax cuts in 2012, eliminating state taxes on the profits from 191,000 small businesses, including those owned by highly compensated professionals. The top income tax rate was lowered from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent. The lowest income tax bracket is 3 percent.

May 07, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Playing (lesser prairie) chicken

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as a special rule under the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing. Under the law, a "threatened" listing means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future; it is a step below "endangered" and allows for more flexibility in how the act's protections are implemented.

May 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Dancing in high heels

It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Hard choice with lesser of two evils

It's a Super Bowl that even Dr. Evil would not appreciate.

January 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Playing Chicken: Moran pushes for common sense

Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A worthy effort

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to step up

There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.

January 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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