Something to Think About


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.

January 27, 2016

I'm Larry Putnam.  Flip flopping is something to think about while Steve Sauder is on vacation.

To me, Hilary Clinton is not likable.  That smugness causes me to view issues opposite of her on just about every issue.  Sometimes, I forget how I feel on the topic.

But after she was accused of flip flopping again, I found myself siding with her on this point.  One should be able to change their mind after they learn or new facts emerge.  Smart people adjust.

We all change our minds.  At one time, I thought Ned Yost was an idiot.  I changed my mind.  I thought he should have been manager of the year after our World Championship.  The facts didn't change, but I learned. 

Obama care is not working.  Health Insurance companies are bailing; doctors want out; middle class people in good health are paying an enormous tax in the form of larger and larger premiums.  My health insurance premium has jumped 63% in 2 ½ years.  This system is going to cave.  Our president should flip flop and look for alternatives.

The Kansas tax system is not working.  We tried the Governor's idea and it isn't working.  Our Governor should flip flop and reinstitute income taxes for all income earners.

The KU athletic director sold out the rural fans so that they could not watch 7 basketball games.  He should flip flop (like he did on Charley Weis) and reinstate those 7 games for next year.

As Hilary has taught us, you don't have to admit you made a mistake, just say the facts changed and go a different direction.  Get it right.  Flip flopping could become a positive trait.

January 20, 2016

“Our Community and Emporia State University”

Something to Think About


Often the institutions of higher education and the town see themselves connected only through geography and economic dependency.  Rarely, if ever, do the university and the community acknowledge, let alone embrace, the partnerships necessary to carry out the educational mission of the institution. In my opinion, Lyon County and the City of Emporia are unique! We are all working side-by-side building a University and Community in Motion . . .”

It is often said that “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” We are fortunate to be the home of many outstanding institutions and organizations that contribute high quality partnerships with Emporia State. 

Informal partnerships also enhance both Emporia State and the community and are one of our greatest assets.  These connections provide learning opportunities for our students.  Numerous businesses and not-for-profit organizations provide a significant number of internships for a variety of majors.  These internships help students gain the professional experience necessary to achieve gainful employment, while employers gain valuable exposure to current and best practices.

Students at Emporia State, in each of the last two years, have contributed more than 24,000 hours of community service. The value of this activity comes not only in the services provided to the community, but also the pride the students have in giving of their time to their community.

Quality of life in Lyon County and Emporia is enhanced by the community’s participation and attendance at the many events the University offers each year. From athletic events to theatre productions, art exhibits and lectures, there is always something appealing to all interests. The support from the community in attending these events is not only an investment of their time, but also an opportunity for our students to hone and share their skills and talents.

Much of a student’s college experience includes learning opportunities to develop life skills. Community members in a teaching role, provide learning opportunities that add to the value of students’ college education. Students gain real-life experience by signing contracts with landlords, establishing basic services, buying groceries, joining church congregations, or even applying for jobs.  The time and energy we take to help our students learn as well as the support and challenging our students to accept their responsibilities is greatly appreciated.

The strength of Emporia State University is two-fold: the dynamic faculty, staff, students and alumni and equally important, the partnerships with the community and the role these partnerships play in our student’s futures. In these challenging times we must remember our collaborations and better yet, we must find ways to celebrate our connections.

We look forward to continuing our high level of engagement with the community, partnering with a focus on the education and lifestyle of our students and of our community members. Lyon County, the City of Emporia and the University share a long and fruitful legacy. Now is the time to take pride in our community and our university and celebrate the collective vision of changing lives for the common good.

I’m Jim Williams and That’s Something to Think About……

January 13, 2016

Good morning.Today I would like to tell you about a gentleman that I met many years ago. I would like to share some of the stories that he told about how he grew up and raised a family on a farm in S.E Kansas. His first name was Fred. Fred was born April 26 1922 and was the oldest son and second oldest in a family 9 children. He was born ½ mile south of South Mound Kansas, assisted in birth by a doctor who came in a buggy powered by a horse. Total cost of the birth including everything was $20. He was born during the depression and any luxuries were often nonexistent. Life started off rough. At the age of 2 he caught the measles and had a measles spot on one of his eyes which left him blind in that eye. During his school years he had to take off many times to assist with keeping the farm going.  He met his wife Marjorie at a box supper. This was a school event where the young single ladies would bring a box lunch and the young single men bid on this lunch. The winner of the bid would share the meal with that young lady.  He later scraped enough money together to purchase a farm. On that farm he milked cows, raised hogs and farmed. He and his wife had three children at that time. Life was a challenge in those early years. Shortly after purchasing the farm he broke his leg in a fall. Without the help of the nearby neighbors he wasn’t sure how he would have survived. They later had two additional children. Most of the food that the family consumed was raised on that farm. Clothing was often made at home and handed down from one child to the other. Any outings Fred and Marjorie took, those five children would always be with them.   Later he acquired several more farms and both are still living at that location. Through his years of farming he earned about every agriculture and soil conservation award that were. They will be celebrating their 70 wedding anniversary this year. By the way I forgot to mention that gentleman is my father.   I’m Danny Giefer and that’s something to think about.

May 27, 2015

          One definition of paradox is: “A person or thing that seems to possess contradictory qualities.”

          Can you say the Clintons as in President Bill and former First Lady Hillary?

          So many qualities in both these public figures, but also contradictions!

          Michael Gerson in his column in the Cap Journal on Tuesday said it well in his title: “Clinton stands, standards fall……….”

          The New York Times once wrote this about President Bill: “he gambled the moral, political and historic reputation of the presidency – “

          Gerson says, “But Clinton saved himself through a display of brazen combative defiance against his accusers and the media. There must be some ancient Greek word for this tragically impressive human attribute. It might be translated “shameless fortitude,” or maybe “sleazy grit.”

          The columnist concluded about our former president: “In the end Clinton stood; and standards fell.”

          With that as a backdrop we turn our attention to Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S.Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and now announced candidate for President.

          About candidate Clinton, Michael Gerson wrote: “This attribute of backbone in a dubious cause – in a very different moral context – has been on full display in Hillary Clinton’s presidential launch.”

          There are many questions for Mrs. Clinton, but so far she’s managed these well enough to remain unchallenged for her party’s nomination.

          Some democrats wonder if she can win in a general election suggesting Mrs. Clinton might be “plausible as a president but mediocre as a candidate.”

She first tried the silent treatment, but has recently started to open up; Gerson suggests “Her silence has often been an improvement over her availability.”

          Hillary’s performance thus far are raising doubts about her “honesty, trustworthiness and transparency.”

          Yet, I see her as Gerson does, “tough, disciplined and knowledgeable.”

My paradox is Hillary Clinton may the best prepared person available to lead our country.

          “If Clinton stands; standards fall.”

          I’m Steve Sauder and There’s Something to Think About!

May 20, 2015

Can’t think of anything that would make me happier than having something positive to say about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, but unfortunately his failure as a leader continues.

Two weeks ago I ask you to respond concerning Brownback’s leadership in Kansas. The results were 531 to 85 saying our governor was NOT an effective leader.

Last week I shared with you my letter to the Governor telling him about the results of the poll on KVOE. The letter and a CD with personal comments from 55 listeners were delivered to the Governor’s office. The Post Office confirmed delivery at 8:38 A.M. on May 13th.

As of Tuesday we have not received any response from the governor or his office. This is disappointing, but not surprising.

And, earlier this week Brownback’s problems increased slightly when it was disclosed he uses a personal e-mail.

The Governor tried to minimize this issue by saying “Most of the time I call people or I just go over to their office.”

Nice try Mr. Governor, but that doesn’t wash. Most of the time doesn’t count – it’s those few times when private stuff is done we need to know about. Open Meetings Laws would seem to have been violated even if there is minimal usage.

This won’t be a big deal for Brownback because he won’t be running for office again – at least in Kansas, but it is another example of his willingness to govern behind closed doors.

We all need to be worrying about “behind closed door deals” as the answer to the current revenue mess in Kansas is sought. You can bet the final plan will come from a private meeting including the governor sprung on us at the eleventh hour.

Speaking of the revenue mess and Topeka it seemed curious to me that in a KVOE interview on Monday Representative Peggy Mast used “they” to describe people making decisions in Topeka. Why not “we”? Representative Mast ran on a platform touting her leadership position in Topeka, so my expectations are she take responsibility for what’s going on, not suggest “they” are not finding a solution.

Finally, if a revenue solution can be found that doesn’t cut into Emporia State’s budget the search for a new president will be made much easier.

There are a couple of things to think about.

I’m Steve Sauder

May 13, 2015

Governor Brownback

241-S Kansas State Capital Building

10th & Jackson

Topeka, KS 66612


Governor Brownback,

My name is Steve Sauder and I am President of Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc. in Emporia.

I do a weekly commentary called “Something to Think About” on KVOE. Last Wednesday you were my topic.

The story about you and the waitress at bar be que place caught my eye. I was especially interested in your statement about being in public and having people telling you they agreed with you and the opposite.

Seemed to me like a good time to find out what people who listen to our three radio stations in Emporia think of your leadership.

We gave our listeners from seven thirty in the morning until midnight to respond in two ways.

They could go on-line at kvoe.com and answer this question:


The results were as follows:

There were 81 YES responses and 531 NO responses.

This was a fair poll as listeners were limited to one vote per


Listeners were also given the opportunity leave a recorded


We recorded 55 verbal responses. They are enclosed on a

CD. Nine said you are doing a good job and 46 didn’t think so. You can listen to them if you like.

          I’m not sure what you will do with this information, but my hope is you’ll at least consider that the direction you have our state headed isn’t that popular. At least that’s what a majority of folks from Emporia think. 


                                                Steve Sauder