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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.

June 11, 2014

The United Methodist Churchhas about 12 million members across the world. In the United State, United Methodist ranks as the largest mainline denomination, the second largest Protestant church, and the third largest Christian denomination. It’s founding is traced back to John and Charles Wesley and the Church of England according to Wikipedia.

          Today the church is facing a possible split in its clergy and membership over the handling of gay issues. The conflict pits traditional preachers against more liberal ones, many who have officiated at same sex weddings. Also in question are Bishops who some think have not appropriately enforced the “Book of Discipline”  in these cases.

          On May 22, a group of 80 Methodist ministers issued a press release suggesting there be an “amicable separation” within the church. One denomination would be the conservative Methodist churches and the other well “everyone else.”

          But, a recent poll taken by a reputable research firm found that 90% of respondents said “The United Methodist Church should not split over issues related to human sexuality.”

          Adam Hamilton is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City and a noted leader of Christian beliefs.Hamilton released this week an idea to hopefully fix this issue called “A Way Forward for a United Methodism.”  It is described this way:

“The ongoing debate over homosexuality continues to divide the United Methodist Church. We believe that most of the denomination’s pastors and laity do not want to divide over this issue. The signers of this proposal offer it as one possible way forward, focusing on what United Methodists share in common, and then offering a way to allow us to live with our differences over how we interpret scripture regarding homosexuality, and how we will be a church in ministry with gay and lesbian people. It is a conversation starter, not a perfected conclusion.”

          It calls for a local option for churches within the denomination, but it would take a super majority for a church to adopt.

          Release of this idea has met with much debate with vocal opinions on both sides.

          I’ll end with a thought found in a response to Hamilton’s idea. It should give you “Something to think about!”

          A blogger suggested “you would not find Jesus anywhere near you if he were walking the earth today. He would be with us the ones being snubbed and condemned.”

          Your “something to think about” is:

What would Jesus being saying about same sex marriage if he were here today?

          I’m Steve Sauder

June 4, 2014

The Dirty Kanza 200 – wow! What an event! Congratulations to the organizers and all who participated and helped out. It was great day to be in Emporia!

          In case you didn’t hear: 727 riders pre-registered for the DK-200 and 465 finished the 200 miles. Both numbers were records.

          The ½ Pint drew 498 entries with 320 finishing the over 100 mile trek. Again both numbers were records. Add in over 200 fun riders in the 50 and 20 mile events and well….. that’s a lot of bikers.

          And the future looks bright if they don’t have a problem with their name.

          Good friend Marvin Tajchman sent me piece called “Politically Correct.” It’s about the hub-bub about nicknames. For example the Washington Redskins: some would dispute they are being held up as fine warriors suggesting this is a racial slur.

          The piece asks so what about the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians?

          Soon Catholics should be outraged about the use of Saints, Angels and Padres for nicknames.

          Pirates? Pirates weren’t good guys, so that one should go too.

          And heaven help us how have we allowed our kids to be fans of the Milwaukee Brewers. That my friends is the demon’s rum.

          And before I talk about the Dirty Kanza’s name let’s examine the Los Angles Clippers.

          What you say?

          The Clipper’s owner – Donald Sterling – made some very outrageous racial remarks and some are actually saying his association with the Clippers means they should change their nickname.

          My concern (for fun) is that someone will hear about the Dirty Kanza and realize that one of the meanings associated with ‘dirty” can be smutty. We sure don’t want smutty and Kanza in the same sentence do we?

          Actually when you see a rider finish the DK-200 you know which kind of dirty we are talking about.

          Great name; even greater event and the greatest potential we have in our town.

          Thank you again, I’m Steve Sauder

May 28, 2014

Monday was a federal holiday we now call Memorial Day. It is observed to honor the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and seems to have originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Unionand Confederate soldiers who died in the war.

By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

          When I was a kid my grandmother was the Red Cross lady in Abilene and Decoration Day was a big deal especially with the purchase of Poppy’s.

          Memorial Day should not to be confused with Veterans Day, a day that celebrates the service of all U.S.military veterans.

                The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom. Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the Civil War.

          The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was inCharleston, South Carolina in 1865.

During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, "Martyrs of the Race Course." Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead.

David W. Blight wrote that African Americans invented Memorial Day. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about.

However, Blight stated he "has no evidence" that this event inCharleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.

So who did invent or discover Memorial Day?

On May 26, 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

          In 1868 General John A. Logan, from the Grand Army of the Republic declared Decoration Day be observed annually in May to honor fallen soldiers. He chose May because the flowers would be in full bloom.

          There are lots of stories and what’s important is we do observe Memorial Day. We can be proud of the observances we hold annually here and in surrounding communities.

          Wikipedia obviously provided me with lots of information..

          Thanks to all who are serving, those who have served and especially to those who gave all.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

May 21, 2014

          They say imitation is the finest form of flattery, so here goes.

          Sunday in the Wichita Eagle Edward Flentje, a WichitaState professor and former interim president of Emporia State (he did yeoman work between Mike Lane and Michael Shonrock) wrote a piece titled Kansas GOP turned back on party history.”

          Today I’ll share many things Ed said that I believe to be accurate.

          Flentje started by claiming to have been a “card carrying Republican” all his life and listed his work history that includes many Republican assignments.

          He asks current leaders? ”What exactly do Kansas Republicans believe?”

          He thought beliefs included: “balancing the budget” and not “reckless tax cuts, reducing revenues while allowing spending to grow.”

          But, he points out “by their own account spending $320 million more than taken in during the current budget cycle.”

          Flentje also thought Republicans believed in “fair and balanced taxation.” He points out Landon campaigned for a state income tax in 1932 “as a way to reduce the reliance on the property tax.”

          Our current Governor has campaigned “to eliminate the income tax and shift the tax burden onto sales and property taxpayers. A tax policy that places more of the tax burden onto lower-income Kansans….”

          Professor Flentje also “thought Republicans believed in Reagan’s ideal of a “big tent” political party – with leaders who embrace Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of any Republican.”

          Check that idea – “Gov. Sam Brownback joined with political allies in campaigning against legislators of his own party.”

          Flentje’s suggested “These Republican officeholders have turned their back on their party’s history and on those who have shaped that history.”

          The current leadership of the Republican Party in Kansas have created a foul taste not only in Ed Flentje’s mouth, but also in many others who claim they are Republicans.

          Ed’s answer was: “This year’s elections promise to be a watershed opportunity for Kansas voters to embrace or reject this radical “red-state” experiment with the future.”

          Well said my friend, I’m Steve Sauder.

May 14, 2014

Emporia State Baseball Coach Bob Fornelli is my topic today because he represents a positive attitude most of us would love to possess.

          Bob came to Emporia Statehoping to play for Dave Bingham, but  Bingham took the KU job and Fornelli ended up playing for a different coach.

          Next, Fornelli was the pitching coach at Butler County Community College. The first three years he lived in a room about the size of his current office and showered with the kids. He was promoted to Dorm Director the last two years with an apartment in the dorm. He and new wife Jill lived in the dorm their first year of marriage.

          Bob worked at coaching baseball 24/7/365. Summers inElkhart and Liberal and less exotic places and then Ft. Hays State called. After seven years in Hays the ESU job opened up and Fornelli eagerly took over. This is his eleventh year atEmporia State. His teams have twice been national runners up.

          The Hornets made it into NCAA post season play in both 2010 and 11, but did not advance. 2012 and 2013 were not good years for the Hornets. Winning records yes, but post season action was limited to losing in the first round of the MIAA tournament.

          It may not have been so much ESU having slippage as much as other schools in the MIAA and Region starting to throw money at baseball.

          Fornelli has been offered at least two other MIAA jobs, both with larger salaries and promises of lavish budgets. Fornelli’s response has been “I’m a Hornet and if we can find a little more support I’m not going anywhere.”

          At the mid point of this past season Coach Fornelli had to be questioning those decisions. In early April with an almost entirely new team and one he really liked Washburn handed ESU three straight losses and a season record of 19 & 14.

          Fornelli’s response to Greg Rahe on KVOE was “this is not a time to pout.”

          That so impressed me I traveled to Topeka for the final game of the Washburn series. ESU won starting a 15 game winning streak. The Hornets have now won 21 of their last 24 including 4 in a row to win the MIAA Post Season Tournament. They start play in the Central Regional tomorrow.

          Bob Fornelli is all about playing hard, doing things the right way and having fun. He is the Dean of ESU coaches and someone many other coaches go to when their chins are dragging.

          Fornelli makes his living in a sport where you can be successful even when you fail 7 or 8 times out of 10. Maybe he read Thomas Edison who once said “People are not remembered by how few times they failed, but by how often they succeed.”

          Bob Fornelli is a text book example of never letting failure become permanent. He’s always looking for the next opportunity for success.

          Fornelli is a role model family man too. Jill and delightful daughters Emma, Rylie and Addison are seldom missing when the Hornets are playing.

          Look up positive attitude in the dictionary and you’ll see Coach Fornelli’s picture.

          I’m Steve Sauder

May 7, 2014

         Our choices to represent us in the First Congressional District of Kansas will be: Incumbent Tim Huelscamp, and Challengers: Kent Roth and Alan LaPolice.

          Believe it or not this is an improvement as Rep. Huelscamp, in Congress since 2011, ran unopposed in 2012! He initially won his seat after winning a wild primary with numerous contestants including Dr. James Barnett from Emporia.

          Speaking from a personal point of view Tim Huelscamp has been an embarrassment as my representative in Washington. His ultra conservative positions seem unwavering and only get worse. At a time when gridlock in Washington is one of the biggest problems Huelscamp is exactly the opposite of what is needed, yet no one even ran against him in the last election.

          There would appear to be reason for hope when polling consistently indicates over 51% of First District Kansans do not approve of Huelscamp’s activities.

          Former Kansas legislator Kent Roth from Ellenwood announced his campaign to unseat Congressman Huelscamp months ago. I sent him a donation and he sent me a bumper sticker that says – No Labels – Kick Too Crazy for Kansas Out of Congress.

          Not sure how effective that is, but I did put one on my car.

          Earlier this week Kent Roth solicited me again.

          His letter thanked me for my donation, defined the Federal contribution limits for me, pointed out the polling numbers mentioned earlier and suggested splitting the opposition vote in the primary would not be good. He then dropped the bombshell that truly explains the value of being an incumbent like Huelscamp.

          Kent told me had cash on hand of $15,756; the other person in the race had $14,402 but our incumbent congressman Tim Huelscamp reported cash on hand in excess of $800,000!

          Not exactly a positive message for a want-a-be supporter, huh?

          My question is what can we do about our congressman? He’s a bright guy, PhD in political science, concentrating on agriculture policy from American University, but he does not seem to represent us well.

          If you agree with me the time to take action is now, but fifteen grand compared to 800,000 THAT is a big problem. Any ideas?

          I’m Steve Sauder.