Clausie Smith

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

Recent stories

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.
In the season of giving, think local
November 17, 2014
This is the season for being grateful for what we have and to give back something to those less fortunate within our community
Autumn brings benefits and drawbacks
November 10, 2014
There is much to enjoy in the autumn. After an extremely hot summer, fall brings cooler, pleasant temperatures.
Lessons to be learned from Royals’ season, World Series loss
November 3, 2014
Like a many area residents, I got up last Thursday feeling a bit depressed. I really believed the Royals would rally and win the World Series.
Pumpkins more than just jack-o-lanterns
October 27, 2014
If there were a national vegetable for the final three months of the year, it should be the pumpkin.
Political ads seem to reach a new low
October 20, 2014
Political television advertising has turned the voting process into a cesspool of quarter truths, half truths and just plain fabrications.
TV series sheds light on impact of Roosevelts
October 13, 2014
Recently I enjoyed watching the Ken Burns’ TV series on the lives and careers of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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