Clausie Smith

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

Recent stories

Confusion remains years after creation of ‘Unified Government’
04:32 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 12:47 p.m.
Every two years when there is a local election, there are Bonner Springs and Edwardsville residents who are confused by the ballot.
Birthday brings awareness of technological, societal progress
March 16, 2015
A week or so ago I celebrated my 78th birthday, which officially reaffirms my title of “old goat.”
Dirty politics nothing new, even in Bonner Springs
March 10, 2015
Many believe that angry elections are a modern development and that mudslinging is a 21st century tactic.
Character development key for youngest scouts
March 3, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking to the Cub Scout Pack 3149 Blue and Gold Banquet.
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.

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