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.

September 6, 2017

          We don’t always agree with Governor Brownback, but we sure did when he declared the first week in September as Kansas Literacy Week.

          You see “Literacy” is a big deal in Emporia not only because we have the best Teacher’s College in America here, but also because of two amazing efforts to improve literacy in early age children that are now based in Emporia.

          Much like being the “Founding City of Veterans Day,” being home to  both the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center and the Kansas Literacy Center is huge.

          The Mason’s are investing are investing $4 million here over the next ten years to provide “unprecedented literacy development that will give richer meaning and greater potential to the future of 50,000 children throughout Kansas.”

          The goals are: Service for Schools; teachers and students across Kansas, and Service for families and communities and Research for the betterment of literacy development.

          This program is in its first year and will benefit children all across Kansas.

          The second program at Emporia State is funded by a $330,000 gift from the Jones Trust. It is designed to assist children in being ready for school and the task of reading and writing. Eleven schools in Lyon, Coffey and Osage Counties are the beneficiaries of this effort.

          Combined at ESU these programs make our university the hub for improving literacy in Kansas. Children living in the three counties will have the opportunity to be the best trained ever in terms of early childhood reading and writing – provided we take advantage of what is being offered.

          Dr. Ken Weaver is Dean of the ESU’s Teacher’s College and Dr. Dennis Kear is the person in charge of the literacy programs. Both are veteran educators and well qualified to lead.

          When comes to the Three R’s I’m not certain about arithmetic, but it would appear kids in our area have been blessed with a great opportunity to be really good at readin’ and writen’!!

          Thanks for listening, I’m Steve Sauder


August 30, 2017

          This is not intended to scare anyone, but to inform you about traps in youth sports.

          That may sound strange coming from Steve Sauder, but there are some traps!

          According to TIME magazine spending on youth sports in the U.S. has jumped from $8 billion to $15 billion in the last decade!

          For what you ask?

          Team fees, travel, coaching, equipment, uniforms and so on.

          The traps come when parents go overboard pushing their youngsters in hopes of earning a college scholarship. That's the biggest goal.

          Facts are only 2% of high school athletes get a D-I, NCAA

scholarship. This doesn't mean a scholarship is a bad goal, but it does mean spending thousands of dollars a year in pursuit of that scholarship isn't a good bet. A savings account might be a better one!

          Here's another trap. According to TIME "the more money families pour into youth sports, the more pressure the kids feel - and the less they enjoy their sport."

          If your son's baseball team joins the right organization they can have a national ranking versus other teams - starting at age 4? Of course you'll have to subscribe to the website for results.

          The USSSA is a not for profit group that promotes youth sports. Their 2015 revenues were $13.7 million and their CEO earned 831,000 bucks!

          Another trap is specialization - choosing a single sport early. Research shows this leads to more injury, burnout and depression. And, a recent NCAA survey indicated 88% of scholarship recipients played 2 or 3 sports throughout high school.

          My point is participation is great and travel teams are likely a necessity, but be real. It’s not a good plan to mortgage your house to send Junior to wrestling camp. Youth sports need a budget just like groceries.

          Even if you are convinced you have the next Tiger Woods in your family - keep it real. Coaches find talent and talented athletes find places to show off their skill in due time. Patience may be a virtue worth considering.

          Have you heard about Joey Erace? His on-line name is Joey Baseball. He has a hitting coach at $100 an hour and a fielding coach too. He lives in New Jersey but plays for teams in Texas and California. His dad admitted they have already spent over $30,000 on his baseball career. By the way - Joey Baseball is ten years old!

Have to wonder if he will even remember being a kid?

          Thanks for listening, I'm Steve Sauder

August 23, 2017

As ugly as it sounds discussions on ways to remove President Trump from office are not uncommon.

          Besides the obvious ones like death or resignation there are two other possibilities: Impeachment or the powers in the 25th Amendment ratified in 1967.

Article II, Section 4 of the U. S. Constitution says The President and Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeaching, while the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments. The removal of impeached officials is automatic upon conviction in the Senate. The federal judiciary cannot review such proceedings. End of story.

Far less known would be using the 25th Amendment. It says:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments transmit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.           And then the fun begins!

          This means the Vice President and a majority of the President’s Cabinet would agree that he is unable to perform his duties. It would take 10 of the 18 people on President Trump’s Cabinet to make this move. If accomplished Vice President Pence would immediately become Acting President.

          But, the ousted president has the opportunity to respond. It is unclear as to the method he would need to use, but it’s suggested that even writing a note saying “I can still be president” would suffice and Mr. Trump would once again be president!

          Next the Cabinet has 4 days to vote again on the question of the President’s ability to perform his duties. If they confirm their earlier vote then the Vice President once again becomes the Acting President!

          At this point the Congress is automatically called into a Special Session in which they have up to 21 days to decide to agree or disagree with the Cabinet! There must be a two thirds majority in both Houses to uphold the findings and make the Vice President the President of the United States.

          I am not making this up!

          If this were to happen we could have 4 Presidents in less than a month.

          Once again it is time to pray for President Trump to become a more effective leader.

          I’m Steve Sauder and “There’s something to think about.”

August 16, 2017

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia defy explanation for most of us. When people travel far to protest something that doesn't really have a direct bearing on them that’s typically - code for trouble.

          Both the so-called Alt-Right and Alt-Left were itching for a fight as they both arrived locked and loaded.

          After the incident it was amazing how quickly the national media made this about Donald Trump and what he did not say opposed to what happened.

          Trump, who I did not vote for, blamed "many sides" in his statement and he condemned bigotry and violence, but did not mentioning racism or any groups like the KKK or White Supremacists. His broad condemnation might have been wise given the uncomfortable experience of his predecessor following the Ferguson, Missouri event.

          Could this confrontation been avoided? Some believe it was inevitable.

Consider with me "the rest of the story" that seems to have gotten lost.

          First, an attempt by the city of Charlottesville to deny the permit to assemble based on the probable violence was opposed by the ACLU and struck down by a federal judge.

          Secondly, The Mayor of Charlottesville said part of his city's preparation for the weekend was to move the permitted gathering to a large park outside of town.

          BUT, that plan too was struck down at nine o'clock on Friday night by a federal judge! That’s correct! The ACLU and a federal judge stopped the city of Charlottesville from two plans that might well have defused the riots.

One has to wonder how this might have been different had it been in a large open area opposed to inside the city?  Guess we’ll never know?

          One last thought.

          In Virginia people showed up carrying clubs, dressed in uniforms and some were wearing helmets. They came prepared for battle.

          At the same time in the Emporia area we had people with clubs, uniforms and helmets, but our uniforms were pink golf attire or spandex for biking, our clubs were golf clubs and the helmets were for biking thru the Flint Hills.

          You see we spent the weekend lifting up Breast Cancer Awareness with a golf tournament in Osage City, a bike journey under the stars into the Flint Hills with over 300 participating - some also from out of state and our local policemen were bragging about their victory over the fire fighters in their annual Battle of the Badges for blood donations.

          Quite the contrast and a blessing for which we can be thankful!

          I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about!

August 9, 2017

          Saturday morning on our SportsTalk show we honored Greg Rahe for 30 years of outstanding work as our Sports Director.

          As a testament to his good work Greg was surprised by about a dozen coaches and collogues who braved the rain to come to the KVOE studio to congratulate Greg and another group who called in for the same purpose.  It was an amazing display.

          Most radio stations have Sports Directors, but few if any have one like Greg. His dedication to covering every sport and every result often in person is legendary.

          Greg is the voice of the Hornets too and that means trips to places hours away often twice in the same week. Greg often arrives back in Emporia and goes directly to the station and starts his work day. You’d think he was on probation.

          Ron Thomas pointed out a fact that is pretty amazing. In over thirty years at KVOE he doesn’t think Greg has ever taken a sick day!

          Now for the rest of the story: Greg Rahe is amazing and his efforts are legendary and his work ethic without peer, but he isn’t unique in many respects at KVOE. Our entire staff possess many of the same attributes Greg has.

          Ron Thomas was here when we purchased the stations in 1986. He  actually left Emporia for a year or two. When he returned in ‘91 he took over as Program Director and later became our fourth General Manager. If Greg Rahe needed a role model Ron Thomas qualified!

          Tim Miller has been with KVOE since October of 1988 – almost 29 years. He leads our Sales Team and has been the Voice of Emporia High Sports for almost 29 years.

Steve Inwood has been his side kick on EHS coverage for most of that time and also has been an account executive for nearly 20 years.

          Listen to these other time of employment numbers and you’ll see things don’t change a lot at KVOE.

          Karri Kimberlin – 19 years; Terry Bontrager 17; Scott Hayes 16; Sean Thornton 14; Erren Harter 13 years.

          Chuck Samples just left us after 14 years. Roger Hartsook had 2 hitches at KVOE so adding his time up is difficult, but he was with us just short of 30 years. And Jeff O’Dell, Lee Schroeder and Lea Firestone each logged at least 2 decades here.

          We now have more “newbies” than normal – folks employed less than 8 years. We actually have 5 with less than 2 years here. They are all earning their spurs and doing well.

          I hope you get the picture. KVOE people seem to like what they do and stay for a long time.

          Greg Rahe is exceptional and this week he is our Poster Boy at KVOE where working hard and smart is the norm as we serve our community and do our best to keep it informed.

          Thanks for listening, I’m Steve Sauder.

August 2, 2017

Old saying are often painfully accurate.

They take a step forward followed by two steps back or you need a score card to know the players come to mind after reading a Time article about Joshua Holt, a 25 year old Salt Lake City native who has been held prisoner in a Venezuelan jail since June of 2016.

Holt was in Venezuela after meeting a girl on-line through his church. They had been married two weeks when he was arrested and charged with arms possession. Witnesses confirm police planted the guns after the arrest.

Since the arrest Holt has had 5 preliminary hearings canceled and his health has suffered badly.  He is forced to eat a diet consisting of things like uncooked poultry and raw pasta. He's lost over 50 pounds.

His family obviously was encouraged by the promises made by presidential candidate Trump to "not allow these things to happen on his watch."

Even more encouraging was the recent release of Aya Hijazi, an American aide worker who had been in an Egyptian prison for 3 years.

President Trump invited Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House and secured Hijazi’s release in 10 minutes and of course  then boasted that President Obama had tried unsuccessfully for 3 years to get Hijazi released.

Of course there is a "rest of the story." In al-Sisi’s rise to power there was a coup and his regime has repeated charges against it for human rights violations. Some fear the White House invite indicated American approval of al-Sisi.

But, President Trump did get Hizjazi released.

Joshua Holt is proving to be a somewhat more difficult problem.

There is valid proof that the Trump Administration has and is trying to gain the release of many Americans held in foreign countries but may have found out this task like many others is way more difficult and complicated than they understood.

They've learned some hard truths about high prices for releases and ugly rescue or ransom options when dealing with these folks.

Holt's case is compromised by news like the following from Monday:

"Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that President Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement announcing the latest American sanctions on the Latin American country.

Can you imagine how gut wrenching it would be to have a loved one in prison in a foreign land and especially a country where a dictator is in power and the United States is imposing sanctions!

One step forward and........

Well, you get the picture. Please pray for Joshua Holt.

I'm Steve Sauder