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QUOTEWORTHY Successful people make their decisions quickly and change their minds slowly. Failures make their decisions slowly and change their minds quickly. Andy Andrews



Where football is king With all modesty, I believe that I’m and 6,000 students. To put that in peran expert on high school football sta- spective, the high school has a bigger diums. I really don’t know how many population than either Basehor or Edstadiums that I’ve been in during my wardsville. career, but I guess it would certainly The stadium has received a lot of nabe in the hundreds. Of course, high tional publicity because it cost about school football stadiums and playing $50 million. The entire bond issue was fields have changed over the decades. about $65 million; they also added faThere is no doubt that they are far bet- cilities including a performing arts ter now than back in the 1950s. center, culinary arts, medical training When I first started and other academic covering high school CLAUSIE SMITH improvements. A tosports, I remember tal of 62 percent of fields that were actuthe voters approved ally located in pasthe plan. tures. Fans walked up Attending a game and down the sideis a real experience. lines following the There is a tremenaction and hoping not dous amount of tailto get clobbered by a gating around the player careening out of bounds. Even spacious grounds. While many believe in the old days, not all stadiums were Texas football is over the top, it does bad. For example, my alma mater, Gar- build community support and pride. nett, had a nice, rock stadium. There There was a sold out crowd at the were a number of other rock stadiums, game. usually built as a WPA project during At half time, the Allen band and oththe Depression. However, expecta- er units put more than 800 students tions concerning facilities certainly on the field. I was told that counting weren’t as high as they now are. players, cheerleaders, dancers, band Now, I thought that I had seen and other groups, more than 1,000 about everything when it came to high students take part in a football game school fields, however I have never event. seen a facility that comes anywhere Last Friday, I went to my first Bonnear comparing with the new Allen, ner Springs football game since 2009. Texas, High School stadium. I know If you remember, during the past 30 my mouth dropped open when I saw years, before I got sick, I attended all the huge stone facility. It seats 18,500 but three Bonner Springs’ games and people and has a press box that is more was the volunteer statistician. Bonthan three stories above the field. It is ner Springs has rebuilt its stadium complete with a jumbo TV screen that this year and it is a quality facility. I is larger than the video at the Com- even took the elevator to the press munity America Stadium, home of the box which has been improved over T-Bones. the last three years. I noted there were One of the reasons I went to Texas real chairs not the old hodgepodge of was to see our youngest granddaugh- folding chairs and stools. Now the stater, Kelsey, perform. She is an Allen tistics are done on a laptop computer. High School varsity cheerleader. Al- When I arrived I felt a wave of nostallen High School has between 5,000 gia at being back at David Jaynes Field.

POINT OF VIEW Three local residents are our community voices for this three-month period. The three will comment on events local and national. And, at times, our local commentators may offer additional views online at


Do you get an annual flu shot?

“I always get a flu shot, and when it is time, I couple it with the pneumonia shot. I can’t prove it works but it seems that since I have been getting the shots I do not get sick as often in the winter.”

“Normally I don’t get the flu shot mostly out of my fear of needles, but also, a doctor friend of mine doesn’t take the shots either. I don’t look forward to getting the flu, but I am willing to risk it.”

Ron Grover

Brad Stephens


Bonner Springs

“I do get my flu shot. I don’t want to get sick, but if I do, hopefully it won’t be as bad as without the shot.” Michelle Sexton Basehor

LETTERS The Chieftain and Sentinel welcome and encourage letters to the editor. Letters should be concise and to the point (no more than 250 words), and all letters must include the name and phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for clarity. Send letters by email to, or mail to P.O. Box 256, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

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