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Something to Think About

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.

October 2, 2013

          “What we have here is a failure to communicate,” Cool Hand Luke once said and if he were in Washington today he’d probably be saying the exact same thing.

          The U. S. Government is shut down again. This is the eighteenth time this has happened. The first shutdown came in 1976 under President Gerald Ford and it was largely over funding for two departments – Labor and Heath, Education and Welfare. The Democratically controlled Congress eventually overrode Ford’s veto. It took 12 days.

          President Jimmy Carter was involved in 4 shut downs of the U.S. government. Issues included Medicaid, abortion and funding for public works and military projects.

          President Reagan is the “Shutdown King” having been involved in 7 such events. The issues ran accross the board with everything from MX missiles to abortion. Reading about the Reagan shutdowns one has to be impressed with how they were resolved.

          Here is an example: In 1987 the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. They opposed funding for the Nicaraguan Contras but desired the FCC to start reinforcing the “Fairness Doctrine.” The D’s yielded on Fairness Doctrine in exchange for non-lethal aid for the Contras.

          Do you see my point?

          They “yielded.” There was a compromise. Reagan worked with his political opponents in an amazing manner.

          President George H.W. Bush and Congress worked out a deal in 1990. President Bill Clinton and Congress twice agreed to compromises in order to end shutdowns!

          Amazingly President George W. Bush never had to deal with a shutdown.

          So what about today?

          For starters the fragmentation in the political parties, especially within the GOP, is greater than ever before. Leaders don’t have anywhere near the clout they did a few years ago. Pork Barrel deals and political money are not available to be spread around to help legislators change their minds.

          No doubt the Republicans holding Obamacare hostage will get much of the blame, but President Obama better watch out because eventually a floundering economy will land on his lap.

          Don’t look for much but rhetoric for a few weeks, but on October 24th bond payments will be due and the rubber will start to hit the road. Stay tuned.

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

September 25, 2013

        

Touchy topic today because I am as guilty as the next guy, but still often feel like a victim.

          Cell phones are everywhere and while most users think they have good mobile manners, more and more people indicate they are irritated and annoyed by the use of cell phones in public places.

          One piece I read suggested we need to really pay attention to others whenever we put our mobile devices to our ears.

Loutish cell use is out of control one person wrote. Mobile phones now ring at weddings, funerals, job interviews, surgical procedures and during Broadway shows.

As bad as those examples are the most grievous form of cell phone bad etiquette is when someone is just plain rude in the use of their phone in your presence.

Recently this rudeness was given a name and a group has been started to stop – Phubbing.

Phubbing is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone rather than paying attention to them.

The Phubbing name came from someone in a pub with one other person (maybe even a date) paying more attention to their phone than the other person.

There now exists a “Stop Phubbing” campaign!

Cell phones and rude behavior are becoming pretty closely aligned.

Airplanes prior to the “turn off your mobile devices” command are rampant with loud talkers who don’t seem to notice the people around them who cannot help but hear them.

One of my pet peeves is the golf course. I take my phone, but try hard to turn the ringer down and never have an extended conversation.

All too often playing partners take calls on the golf course and simply stop playing to dispatch their business. When it is suggested this was rude to the rest of us they usually say something like “I have to make a living.”

Made me wonder if that was true – what was he doing on the golf course in the middle of the afternoon?

Like I said at the outset – I am as guilty as the next guy. But, I am trying to stop being rude when comes to my cell phone and I hope others might give this concern some consideration as well.

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

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