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.
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
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