Clausie Smith

Clausie Smith is a contributing columnist and former publisher of The Chieftain and Sentinel.

Recent stories

Spring sports fans cheer on through drastic weather changes
April 1, 2014
Spring sports fans are a very hardy group. They sit, huddled in blankets, to cheer for a son, daughter or grandchild on a day with the thermometer hovering in the lower 40s and facing a brisk wind.
Problems of 100 years ago mirror those of today
March 24, 2014
Recently I completed reading “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Schools’ Spring Breaks a recent invention
March 18, 2014
During the next couple of weeks colleges and virtually every other school will be observing spring break.
A plan to reap the benefits of a ‘lucky’ number
March 10, 2014
On Sunday, March 9, I celebrated my 77th birthday and, according to a friend, this will be a very good year for me.
Vaughn-Trent’s 25 years quite a feat
March 4, 2014
For 25 years Vaughn-Trent Community Services has been serving the needs of those less fortunate in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville school district. What I believe to be the most vital factor is that it is operated with part-time employees and volunteers.
Fast food: oft criticized, always patronized
February 25, 2014
Even though they face a lot of criticism, people world-wide like and patronize fast-food restaurants. My guess is that it would be fairly difficult to find a person who hasn’t patronized a fast food restaurant in the last couple of months.
Random acts of kindness’ make world a better place
February 18, 2014
This past Monday is recognized internationally as Random Acts of Kindness Day. It culminates a week when persons are asked to participate in some simple act to help others.
Immigrants in early 1900s also ‘pioneers’
February 10, 2014
Normally when we think about the hardy pioneers who settled in Kansas, we have a vision of an ox-drawn, covered wagon rumbling slowly through the wilderness.
February: A great month, despite the weather
February 3, 2014
The more I think about, I’ve decided that I like the month of February. It seems to me that it is a “transition” month as we move from the cruelty of January into the promise of spring.
Good streets an expensive necessity
January 27, 2014
If there is one common problem shared by cities, counties and states it is providing quality, well-maintained streets and roads.

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