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!

          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.

          Something different today!

          I am asking for your help for blind kids far, far away from Emporia.

          Stacy Thomlison is a nurse that my wife, Bobbi, worked with in a camp in New York before we met. Stacy has devoted her life to working for people in under privileged situations and currently is volunteering at the Blind School in Rwanda which is in Africa.

          Her text to Bobbi said, “I am living and working at the Blind School in Kibeho. There are a little more than 150 children here, ages 5 – 20….some completely blind and some with impaired vision.  Five Franciscan Sisters run the school. They have NO income. They rely entirely on donations to support this school.”

          Here’s their dilemma!

          The school must have guards for basic protection. Reliable guards are available, but are very expensive in Rwanda.

          The guards currently being employed cannot be trusted and actually blackmail the students and at times send them out to sell things illegally. You can imagine this situation.

          Stacy says to us in her text – “you know where I’m going, right?”

          She is asking for help and if we have friends who might help too.

          Reliable guards each cost 75,000 Rwandan Francs or $100 a month and the school needs five – 2 for days and 3 at night.

          Our hearts were touched immediately. Blind kids! Blackmail and worse. The decision for us to help was easy. The Lord has blessed us and expects us to help others, so we are in.

          How about you?

          Proverbs 22:9 says: He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

          Lord knows there are no lack of places to donate your hard earned money so please just give this cause some thought and if your heart says “yes” then send a check.

Twenty-five dollars, maybe fifty – an entire year would be $1200.

          Make your check to:

          FSC Franciscan Sisters of the Cross

          Write: “Guards” on the Reference line.

          Send or bring your checks to KVOE, Box 968, Emporia

          We will add the Account number and SWIFT number so funds get where they are supposed to go. Your gift should be Tax Deductible.

          Stacy, Bobbi and I thank you for your consideration.


          My dad once said to me, "thank God I'm old cause I really don't want to see how this ends!"

          That was in response to some political activity that seemed out of line.

          What do you suppose he'd be saying today?

          Polarization in Washington is unchecked! Republican's have the numbers but aren't close to agreeing on anything.

          The Democrats are so opposed to anything Republican there is no chance for compromise. I asked our Congressman Roger Marshall on Monday how often he has dialogue with the other side?

          His answer was - he leads an effort for freshman in congress to meet and talk, but otherwise - not often.

          Yesterday on Morning Joe – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin described be in congress as “working in a hostile work environment!” Seriously!

          Then we have the media.

          It's fair to say the national media has always been a little biased, but what we have today is embarrassing.

          Phil Donahue the former talk show host was on CNN two weeks ago and took the media to task. He said the media was making relations worse than necessary because they wouldn't take a punch - meaning they needed to report the news, not react to it.

          The creators of the animated TV show South Park shared an interesting reaction to the current political climate and have a wonderful plan for next season.

They said, "We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, "Dude, we're just becoming CNN now, becoming: 'Tune in to see what we're going to say about Trump.'

They said “they hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow."

They said they could put up billboards saying—"Look what we're going to do to Trump next week!"—and get crazy ratings. But they don't care.

Next season South Park plans to ignore the political scene!

          That's my suggestion for CNN, FOX and CSNBC and the other national media groups - start reporting the news again and get out of the "gottcha" mode of trying to catch someone not telling the truth in every story.

Actually reporting “the news” might mean even ignoring the President's tweets. Wouldn’t that might be refreshing?

Heaven help us!

I’m Steve Sauder

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

High School graduations are more memorable for some than others. Students at the prestigious Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, likely will remember theirs for some time.

The speaker was John Roberts, yes Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts and the father of one of their classmates.

Pretty cool to have someone like that to speak, but his message likely shook these kids from silver spoon families up just a bit.

Here are the main points from his talk:

“From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.

I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted.

I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”

Roberts went on in the speech to typical commencement speech fare, telling the students to avoid becoming complacent with themselves. “In a certain sense,” Roberts said, "you should not be yourself, you should try to become something better.”

Roberts has practiced what he preached on the bench having voted with the more liberal side on occasion especially in holding up parts of the Affordable Care Act we know as Obama-care.

You may or may not agree with our Chief Justice on things involving the Supreme Court, but I’m guessing most of us think his talk with these graduating high school seniors was “right on!”

          I’m Steve Sauder

Today some old thoughts brought back to life thanks to Face Book.

          People who waste time wondering whether their glass is half full or half empty are missing the point. Their glass is always refillable!

          Noah's Ark was an amazingly educational vessel. It taught us:

$1·        Not to miss the boat!

$1·        Remember that we are all in the same boat.

$1·        Plan ahead, it wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

$1·        Stay fit. When you are really old you may be ask to something really big!

$1·        Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

$1·        Build your future on high ground.

$1·        For safety sake, travel in pairs.

$1·        Speed isn't always an advantage. Snails were on the Ark with cheetahs.

$1·        When you are stressed, float for awhile.

$1·        Remember the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

$1·        No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting....

          Today there seems to be an App for just about everything. Even for putting your cell phone away and paying attention to those talking to you - they call it RESPECT.

Paul Sweeney is credited with saying: A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

And last, comedian Jim Carrey. Said, “A lot of love can happen in ten years.”

Couldn’t agree more!

          I’m Steve Sauder

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