Searching for signs of Spring to end winter blues
February 23, 2015
By the last week in February most of us have had our fill of winter and are ready for spring.
Presidential museum visit causes reflection on recent history
February 16, 2015
One of the highlights of a recent trip to Dallas, Texas, was a visit to the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
Anything can have an interesting history, even toothpicks
February 9, 2015
Over the years I’ve come to believe that almost everything that we use has an interesting history and a colorful background.
1920s basketball tournament offers peek into Bonner’s past
February 3, 2015
Recently Willard Reimer shared a “program and souvenir” from the second annual “Bonner Springs Basketball Tournament,” which was held on March 3-4, 1922.
Politicizing local elections would be a big mistake
January 26, 2015
In a few short weeks we’ll have what I believe is an extremely important set of local elections. In April voters will select city and school board members. To me these are extremely important choices. Local elected officials touch our lives daily.
Kiwanis among many worthy service organizations
January 21, 2015
Attending a weekly Kiwanis Club meeting is a “good habit” for thousands of men and women worldwide who are dedicated to helping their communities while combining service with fun.
Comic strips hit on topics both humorous and serious
January 12, 2015
It is a bit surprising to me that comic strips have continued in this era of almost non-stop entertainment.
Basketball a popular, though slower, sport 100 years ago
January 5, 2015
While watching a college game on television, I got to thinking how much the sport has changed.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Ringing in a new year of change in 1915
December 29, 2014
Bonner Springs was probably ready for 1914 to be over; it had been a tough year. Sadly, they didn’t know that 1915 would be equally difficult.
A request to Santa for optimism and understanding
December 22, 2014
Recently I was looking back at some old columns, and I discovered that I started writing a tongue-in-cheek letter to Santa Claus in 1968 when I was an industrial editor for BPU. Recently I was looking back at some old columns, and I discovered that I started writing a tongue-in-cheek letter to Santa Claus in 1968 when I was an industrial editor for BPU.
True story behind fictional Christmas song still inspirational
December 15, 2014
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Good King Wenceslaus,” and I certainly enjoy the story it tells.
Holiday shopping now a whole new beast
December 9, 2014
If there is one major change in the holiday season, it is shopping habits. When I first started in the newspaper business we never had a Christmas advertisement until Thanksgiving.
Sharing Thanksgiving traditions with foreign friend
December 1, 2014
As usual, Thanksgiving Day was a wonderful, family holiday. This year we had a special treat: a delightful young man who is a student athlete from Ireland.
Muncipal Christmas Tree tradition spans 100 years
November 24, 2014
Local residents will have an opportunity to kick off the holiday season and help good causes next week.