Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
In the Big First District we have a heated primary election contest for the Republican nomination between the incumbent Tim Huelskamp and novice politician Dr. Roger Marshall.
This is already a nasty/dirty race. Let’s take a look at what they are saying about each other.
Huelskamp is attacking Marshall for suggesting a tax on internet purchases; flip flopping on his abortion position and for being a “law breaker” in an advertisement that he has run on this station accusing Marshall of driving away from an accident.
Marshall has to own the tax comment since it came in a debate. He claims he is pro-life which matches the Congressman so he might be guilty of a flip or a flop. The leaving the scene ad is pretty flimsy. Marshall was in an encounter with an unhappy citizen supposedly over a lost bid at the local hospital. After the confrontation Marshall did plead guilty to a misdemeanor traffic charge, but he was not charged with leaving the scene even though that’s what the Huelskamp ad suggests.
Candidate Marshall suggests Huelskamp uses public money for campaign purposes. Maybe, but that’s really the advantage of being a third term incumbent. They claim Huelskamp voted against funding to fight Isis and for pay increases for soldiers at Ft. Riley. The record on these is clear. Most important and factual are the claims that our congressman got himself removed from both the Agriculture and Budget Committees. Huelskamp claims he will be re-seated on the Ag committee, but a lot of damage has already been done.
My belief is the time is right for a change. Huelskamp has had six years to show his worth, but what he has mainly shown is an ability to put himself in conflict with leadership and have an amazing inability to compromise or get along.
It appears to me this kind of belligerent attitude is exactly why the American public has such a low opinion of our congress.
Roger Marshall is a rookie, but he has an impressive background. Not only is he a successful doctor - he also has farming on his resume.
The Primary is August the second and once again we in Kansas have a chance to change. Please don’t miss this opportunity.
I’m Steve Sauder
Maybe not a new term, but certainly a term most of us were not that familiar with prior to former Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal winner Bruce Jenner going public with his gender change.
Now we have our president dictating a policy for bathroom usage that isn't needed by many and is creating lots of confusion.
So, using an informative article from the Topeka Capital Journal as my resource let me define some terms that might help all of us better understand this confusing “transgender” situation.
Are the terms gender and sex interchangeable?
My source says "NO."
Sex is a biological status based on attributes like chromosomes and anatomy.
Gender is a social construct relating to behavior and activities society associates with males versus females.
What is transgender?
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what society associates with their sex as identified at birth.
Does transgender involve making changes to one's body?
Some people do seek changes through hormones or surgery. Others don't.
Does transgender have anything to do with sexual orientation?
Not at all. Sexual orientation refers to romantic attraction, i.e. whether someone is gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight.
I hope these definitions help. What we learned is: sex and gender are not the same thing; transgender is someone identifying themselves as a sex different from their birth; not all transgender folks change their bodies and transgender people can practice any sexual orientation.
The newspaper story in the Cap Journal is about a high school student born as a female who now does not associate herself with either sex.
The bathroom controversy for transgender individuals is amusing. Evidently the president feels he has a “one size fits” all solution while the common sense people on the Kansas State Board of Education basically said – our policy isn’t broke so we aren’t fixing it.
Hope this helped as we obviously have lots of new stuff to learn!
I’m Steve Sauder