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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.

August 20, 2014

          We’ve all heard about ALS. Many people know about ALS because of Lou Gehrig the great Yankee first baseman who contracted the disease, was forced to retire at age 36 and made his famous “I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech.

          A-myo-trophic Amyotrophiclateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It strips its victim’s muscles of necessary nourishment.

          For the past 14 years Dr. Gary Ace has championed the Walk to Defeat ALS in Emporia. This year’s Walk will be Saturday at Jones Park. Registration starts at 7:30 with Walking starting at eight.

          Recently the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral to say the least with multi-millions of dollars being raised, not to mention the tremendous increase in awareness about ALS.

          Gary challenged me last week to take the ice and I did so on Sunday. I then challenged the folks at KVOE to get dunked this Friday at seven AM.

          Somehow the KVOE challenge and the fire department got connected and now we are having the ALS Fire Hose Challenge at 7 AM, Friday, and everyone, including you are invited.

          Longbine Auto Plaza’s staff is joining us and we want anyone with interest to come and get soaked for ALS.

          Quick story. When telling some of the folks at KVOE about this challenge it was suggested it might beinconvenient to get drenched at seven and be back at work by eight.

          Yesterday listening to Dennis Fish on the Talk of Emporia describe the diagnosis process his wife Jeri went through to confirm she had ALS it struck me that their dilemma defines real inconvenience.

          So, this is your official invitation to join us Friday morningat seven at 1420 C of E Drive to get a little inconvenienced in the name of ALS.

          ALS is a cruel disease. Please come join us.

          I’m Steve Sauder

August 6, 2014

          I am admittedly not well informed on the situation in theMiddle East. I have friends that are both Jewish and Muslim, so I try not to take a side in their disputes.

          An e-mail provided me today entitled “What the World Owes the Jews” contained information I believe to be factual. I’ll share the story and finish with two intriguing statements to think about.

          Supposedly Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Khomeini recently urged the Muslim world to boycott anything that originated from the Jewish people.

          In response, a Jewish pharmacist offered to assist the Muslims with their boycott.

          He suggested any Muslim with Syphilis not seek the cure called Salvarsan because it was discovered by a Jew.

          Amazingly a person in boycott of things Jewish wouldn’t even be able to find out if they have Syphilis because the test for this disease, called the Wasserman, you guessed it - was discovered by a Jew.

          This boycott doesn’t appear to be such a good idea.

          There are many other Jewish discoveries.

          Digitalis used for heart disease; Novocaine for toothaches; Insulin for diabetics; Bella Shick discovered a treatment for Diphtheria; how about Penicillin? And Polio and Infantile Paralysis which we now control with a vaccine founded by Jonas Salk – a Jew.

Heard enough?

          How about this one?

          Someone in boycott of things Jewish would not be able to use their cell phone to call a doctor because it was invented by an engineer in Israel!

          We hear a lot about Irangetting a nuclear weapon – not with this boycott because the theoretical foundation for nukes was discovered by a group of Jews led by Albert Einstein.

          Why is it that these two factions cannot get along and all attempts to help them have failed?

          As said before I don’t know much about their differences, but I can conclude ideas like this boycott are not so brilliant.

          Now, here are the statements mentioned earlier.

          “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”

          Let me repeat that.

          “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”

          Are those statements true or false?

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

July 30, 2014

Concerning the race for Governor of Kansas statehouse watchdog Martin Hawver wrote on Monday, “The financial corner of the governor’s race took a sharp turn this afternoon when the Republican team of Sam Brownback & Jeff Colyer revealed in its campaign finance report that it may or may not have out-raised Democrats Paul Davis & Jill Docking.”


May or may not have?

Tuesday’s Topeka Capital Journal’s headline says “Davis campaign donations top Brownback’s in 2014.”

What is going on?

In actual new donations during 2014 the Davis/Docking team outraised Brownback/Colyer by some$398,000, but the Governor’s team used a loan from Lt. Governor Colyer, made to the campaign of $500,000, to push their total on the report, filed Monday, slightly ahead of their Democrat opponent.

Even more interesting is the Brownback campaign evidently pulled the same stunt at the end of 2013 when Colyer again loaned the campaign half a million dollars. That was done on New Year’s Eve. That loan was repaid on January the second. Colyer’s $500,000 was on the books just long enough to let it show up on the Brownback 2013 Campaign Finance Report thus making the report show their campaign receiving considerably more in contributions compared to Davis.

Perception must be more important than the truth!

Or, is that deception?

It will be interesting to see if Governor Brownback speaks about this or just ignores it. I’m thinking that answer is obvious.

Locally, with a Primary Election next Tuesday the only real excitement is the Peggy Mast – Jeff Freeman contest for the Republican House nomination. Mast and Freeman are scheduled to appear on KVOE tomorrow morning at 10:06. That should be very interesting.

Freemen has been full of surprises maybe he’ll have one tomorrow!

The winner will run against Democrat Teresa Briggs and Independent Bill Otto in November.

Remember, voting is a privilege; hope to see you at the polls next week.

I’m Steve Sauder.

July 23, 2014

Open Letter to Governor Sam Brownback

          Dear Mr. Governor,

          I am confused by your tax policy in Kansas.

          I understand your plan is to attract new business to the state by cutting taxes. I am aware of the 25% cut in individual income tax rates in 2012 and the repeal of taxes on sole proprietorships and pass through businesses that same year. And, I note in 2013 even lower rates were adopted.

          The result I understand from June 2013 to June 2014 has been an 11% drop in revenue, some growth in the economy, but not really anything to brag about.

          You said last week your plan will take more time.

          O.K., that makes sense, but how much time and how much damage to our state’s reputation will occur while we wait?

          My big question is about public relations.

          Using Google I ask the question: What are the best states in which to do business.

          With the drastic measures you’ve taken in Kansas I expected theSunflower State to be at the top of all the lists, but it wasn’t. Fact is it was hard to find Kansas anywhere but in the middle of the pack.

          Forbes even printed an article entitled: What’s the Matter WithKansas and It’s Tax Cuts? It Can’t Do Math.

          Not very complimentary, would you agree?

          The Tax Foundation listing of best business climates by state rankedKansas 26th and not even in the top ten for taxes.

          With some help, I did find buried on the Kansas Department of Commerce website a report from Pollina Corporate Real Estate. They ranked Kansas as the fifth best state to do business and also praised you and your tax policies.

          I am shocked. With Kansas’ massive tax cuts designed to attract attention and new business one would assume there would be a tremendous public relations effort to sell our state’s unique tax opportunity.

          Unfortunately, most of what I was able to find was not very complimentary to our state.

          So Governor, are you doing a good job of selling Kansas?

          If your answer is “yes” please help me understand how it works.


                                      Steve Sauder

July 16, 2014

The day after the All Star break for major league baseball and the final 68 games of the baseball season start Friday for the Royals. Now I’m not saying I’m obsessed with the Royals, but I do admit I’m not sure what I’ll do with my extra time before Friday.

          It’s no secret that sports play an important part in my make up – too much? Well that’s my problem.

          Baseball season is so much fun because it lasts a long time and there more highs and lows than in any other sport. Everyone thrives on feeling good whether they like sports or not. My highs from a Royals victory are extremely obvious and my disgust when they lose ugly – well they are hard to miss.

          So you can partially understand my dismay on Saturday – a day I spent not playing golf as I’d planned because I was under the weather – when I discovered the Royals and Tigers game would not be televised. A blackout in both Detroit and KC thanks to the Major League Baseball Network.

          Amazingly being forced to listen on the radio turned into a joy despite the Royals loss. Denny and Brian were really good. I knew that – heck Denny Matthews is in the Hall of Fame – but not watching seemed so unfair especially as it related to my ongoing pity party that day.

          Brain Cashman has a song on his CD - Talkin’ Baseball entitled “I Saw it on the Radio.” Legendary Vin Scully is the announcer and that memory plus actually listening to the game in my recliner brought days gone by when listening to the Kansas City Athletics on the radio was my close friend.

          I saw it on the radio – that’s a cool thing.

          So, how about those Royals?

          Two games over 500 with a 48 and 46 record – best since 2003 at the break. The Royals need at least 90 wins to have a shot at the playoffs. That’s 42 wins and just 26 losses the rest of they way.

          Last year the Royals were the best team in baseball after the All Start break. They will need to be close to that again this season.

          So, if you see me on Saturday and I have a smile on my face and some pep in my step it’s a good bet the Royals beat the Red Sox the night before. Our Ron Thomas might be just the opposite because his Red Sox would have lost compounding their bad season where they are in last place after winning it all last year!

          It’s baseball folks and if you have the fever you just have to enjoy it. I certainly do. Go Royals!

          I’m Steve Sauder

July 9, 2014

An Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, according to Wikipedia.

Addictions we can conclude are for the most part not good.

Now consider this: Analyses of data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions show that people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence during their lifetime than those who began drinking at age 21 or later. This has even been shown for identical twins who share the same genetics, but begin drinking at different ages.

Underage drinkers of alcohol are 4 times more likely to become addicted than adults!

KVOE has been running commercials from the Regional Prevention Center recently talking about alcohol and minors. These ads repeat things parents say to justify letting their kids drink like – I drank when I was that age, It’s only beer, We want our kids to be liked. These ads also talk about the legal ramifications of providing alcohol to minors. Good spots with great information.

The potential for a lifetime addiction associated with underage drinking makes a strong case for helping kids stay clear from booze.

So, how you ask can this happen with so many opportunities for kids to drink?

Amazingly the best and most successful manner by which youngsters can be convinced to wait until they are legal to drink alcohol involves their parents!

Parents are the most influential people in the lives of children. Kids are programmed to please their parents and react to requests coming from of their parents. This is a fact!

So, if you don’t want your underage child to drink – try asking them not to do so. Talk with them. Educate yourself so you can make the case. Facts like 2/3 of kids making mostly A’s and B’s don’t drink while over half the kids failing do drink are compelling.

Consider that over 5,000 youth die annually from vehicle crashes, homicides and suicides that involve underage drinking.

And probably the most important thing parents can do for their children is be good role models – especially as it relates to the use of alcohol. This doesn’t mean parents can’t drink or shouldn’t drink in front of their kids, but it does mean not making alcohol the center piece of their lives.

Probably said enough, but if this made you uncomfortable that’s good. Anyway you cut it underage drinking has no redeeming qualities and lots of perils so why encourage it? Why?

I’m Steve Sauder.