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Worth it

It's hard to measure the value that Barton Community College has on the Golden Belt, but a study commissioned by the college attempts to do just that.

June 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bob Dole -- A true American hero

It was a treat to see the living legend Bob Dole on his statewide speaking tour in Larned recently. It was fun to study Dole up close and understand why he's such an inspiration to Americans.

June 18, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Internet trolls: Don’t feed them

When the Internet swept the landscape twenty years ago, few imagined the chatting, Facebook, and other instantaneous social media that has resulted in breathtaking changes in communication structure. These changes have occurred faster than any manmade changes in the history of humankind.

June 18, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Take the time to click it

The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office reports that of the hundreds of crash related deaths that have occurred in Kansas, almost 70 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,384 lives could be saved if seat belts had been worn. As of 2013, Kansas has an 81 percent seat belt usage rate.

June 16, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep your cool

The first day of summer is just round the corner. From the swimming pool to the lake to mowing the yard to exercising, it is time for everyone to remember just how dangerous the seasonal heat can be.

June 14, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Youth Academy

If you see local youths being hauled around in police cars or in the back of ambulances today, it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident. Approximately 80 seventh and eighth graders are participating in the annual City Youth Academy sponsored by the City of Great Bend.

June 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tails not allowed at USD 428 schools

A new trend has arisen where teens are wearing tails. We're not talking about a fancy tuxedo or an extended ponytail.

June 11, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Congressman right to pursue answers

When Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, made an unannounced visit to Wichita's Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Hospital backed by a TV crew, I loved it.

June 11, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


We did it again

Do we know how to party or what?

June 09, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


In the big leagues

For three times in the past month or two, Great Bend's shining Sports Complex has hosted state and/or regional tournaments. In all three, Great Bend hit home runs.

June 07, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


June Jaunt: Fun and a good deal

It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn't having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there's June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.

June 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Veterans affairs-Department needs wholesale housecleaning

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, a former Army general, resigned Friday.

June 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Matt Heyn’s work earns recognition

Everyone knew the day would come when Matt Heyn would leave Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

June 05, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Wild beauty

It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.

May 31, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Church News: Kudos to Father Tighe

Most of the "Religion News" in today's Tribune is dedicated to the Rev. Dermot Tighe, Great Bend, who is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Good call

A judge went above federal guidelines last Friday to give a Kansas City, Kansas, man nine years in prison to protect the elderly people he preyed upon, the Associated Press reported.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

In the Golden Belt recently, we've gone from warm to cold and from rain to snow, all in the matter of one day., We all know just what can be dished out by Mother Nature. But, as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Setting the pace

"Where else can a dollar donated touch so many lives," said Rick Chochon, United Way of Central Kansas pacesetter co-chair and United Way Board member. He was addressed the UWCK's first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon Thursday afternoon. It was an opportunity to honor the top 15 payroll companies and other special award winners.

February 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrations create lifetime memories

I admit it.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Measles protection makes good sense

Delaying vaccines is a waste of time and could be dangerous to your children. And no, foreigners are not bringing most measles cases into the U.S.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Good things are happening

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet took place Saturday night. A full house at the Convention Center heard a about the strides made in the business community.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Buckle up!

Why buckle up?

February 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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