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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 15, 2016

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          Timely, but touchy topic today – guns.

          I am a gun owner and was a hunter, but 2 knee replacements ended that activity. My point is I respect the right of Americans to own guns.

          But, with that said and the brutal massacre in Orlando last week my thinking is it is time we do something about these weapons that have no purpose what so ever other than to kill.

          Guns like the AR 15 reportedly used in the Orlando slaughter have little redeeming value. I actually fired a machine gun as part of the Emporia Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy years ago. Thirty rounds fired in just a few second did give me a rush and the target was obliterated, but I can achieve that same feeling by lighting a pack of 500 firecrackers at one time!

          Guns don’t kill – people do, but guns like the AR 15 should be harder to get than is currently the case. This is the part of the Orlando event that gets to me. This guy bought his weapon of mass destruction with few questions just a few weeks prior to the shootings.

          I’m not prepared to say no one should own an AR 15, but to buy one it ought to be more difficult and the authorities ought to learn who you are, why you want such a gun and what your intensions are.

          Is that Big Brother stuff? Probably, but what else can we do? The status quo won’t do!

          You need a license to be a plumber, a barber or even to sell real estate so why shouldn’t gun ownership be qualified?

          Here’s a fact I heard. President Obama in his seven years in office has hosted 12 State Dinners. During the same time frame he has given 16 speeches in response to mass shootings!

          A friend Tweeted “When there wasn’t compromise on gun laws after Sandy Hook I was amazed and concluded it must be okay to shoot children.”

          Both candidates for President seem confused on this issue. This is not an immigration issue and all out gun control will never pass, so someone who understands compromise needs to step up.

          Ronald Reagan had it right in 1989 when he said “I do not believe in taking away the right of citizens for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But, I do believe than an AK 47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”

          The time has arrived to adopt rules that restrict the ownership of these guns that are capable of mass shootings.

It shouldn’t be easier to purchase an AK 15 than it is to get permission to cut the curb in front of your home for a new drive way!

          Heaven help us!                       I’m Steve Sauder

June 8, 2016

                                                            6-8-16

            Listening to KVOE yesterday and hearing Jim Cummins and the DK-200 people discuss the past weekend the point that kept coming up was yes, the race is unique, the Flint Hills are breath-taking and the weather is always unpredictable, but the feature that sets the event apart from many others – now including the famous Tour de France – are the people of Emporia.

            Face it folks – our town is cool because we support things like the DK and the Glass Blown Open and lots of other lesser known events in a manner that sets us apart.

            This got me thinking so I made a list – a partial list for sure – of neat things that happen in our town about which we should be proud. Not all towns do what we do when we:

            Raise over $600,000 for the United Way!

            Hold a record setting Technical School Auction;

            Support ESU’s Now and Forever campaign;

            Support literacy education through the Jones Foundation and the Mason’s of Kansas and EmporiaState;

            Blow the lid off the record for the Community Foundation’s Match Day;

            The ESU Athletic Auction and Golf Tournament set a new record for success to benefit all sports and summer school in particular;

            Emporia supports the W. A. White home called Red Rocks;

            S.O.S. is a community treasure and Emporia steps up in support;

            Back to ESU - Welch Stadium has a state of the art scoreboard, new turf  and soon a brand new track;

            How about LyonCounty and the City of Emporia becoming major supporters of scholarships at the university?

            After some tough times Camp Alexander is back!

            Phil Taunton and his What’s in Outdoors is a blessing for kids and old folks too!

            Denim and Diamonds helps Newman Regional Health with a cool auction;

            The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street make a really powerful community team;

            No one matches our Art Council’s facility or programs!

            The Granada Theater is a blessing with amazing activity;

            Add in great schools, churches, parks, ESU, Flint Hills Tech and nice people and we’ve got a winner!

            Good place this town we call Emporia.

            Let me use some advice from an old farmer to close.

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness doesn’t just happen overnight. And,
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

I’m Steve Sauder

June 1, 2016

                                                          6-1-16

          Saturday the Emporia State Alumni Association holds its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. A big part of this event is honoring the Distinguished Service Award recipients. These are folks who have provided “unique and significant service” to the university.

          A partial list of past honorees include: KVOE’s Ron Thomas, Don Hill, George & Gail Milton, Clair Hutchinson, Tom Tholen, Dave Eldridge, Skip Evans, Chuck & Doris Hanna, Russ & Jeanie Jenkins, Paula Sauder, Gilbert Rodriquez, Carl Hoffman, John Rich, DeWayne Backhus and my dad.

          This is a big honor.

          Four people will be recognized this year.

          Virginia “Ginny” Higgins long time ESU instructor and leader who first graduated in 1962 and spent most of her life at Emporia State winning numerous awards for outstanding teaching and finally being inducted into the Kansas Speech Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

          Dr. Loren Pennington started teaching at the university in 1960 and is an expert on World War II and the Korean War.  He became involved in Emporia Veteran’s Day celebration and is a permanent fixture at the annual Veteran’s Roundtable. Dr. Pennington means history in Emporia.

          Marion Stuart grew up in Emporia, attended the laboratory school, received 2 degrees from Emporia State and taught in 5 Kansas high schools. She and her late husband Chuck were fixtures at university events for decades.

          The final honoree is my close friend John Staton who graduated in 1960 and has never quit promoting and supporting Emporia State.

In a letter in support of John for a different award I said “There is no better or more dedicated Hornet anywhere than John Staton!”

I suggested John should simply be recognized as a “Proud Hornet Supporter.”

John knows no strangers. He has a conversation with everyone he comes in contact with and more times than not he finds a connection to Emporia State.

There’s not time to list all the ways John and his lovely bride Connie support the university - they are endless.

John is well into his seventies, but he still found the energy to help with the ESU Foundation’s recent Now and Forever campaign - and in a significant manner.

Professionally both John and Connie succeeded nicely, but their real calling may be in helping others. They’ve done everything from hauling a dog-napped beagle across the country to its home in Kansas to assisting for nine years an aging Army General.

It is a busy weekend in Emporia, but these folks are all Proud Hornets and Distinguished servants……… We salute and thank them.

I’m Steve Sauder.

May 25, 2016

May 18, 2016

This year’s presidential race is like going to a giant smorgasbord with steak, lobster and crab legs. It is difficult to pick a single topic so today a couple of random thoughts.

          First, this Trump campaign reminds me a little of Barry Goldwater in 1964. Goldwater served 5 terms in the Senate so he was a politician, but he brought fear to the race with the thought of the Arizona Senator having access to the nuclear trigger.

          Speaking of The Donald – I heard an interesting thought about him – it suggested Trump never goes on defense – that he is always on the offensive. Think about it – when someone attacks Trump he immediately strikes back, never with an excuse or explanation but with an aggressive response. He often uses Twitter and his Twitter Army jump in and attack the opponent like a swarm of locusts.

          Another story I heard was that Trump said he’s been aggressive since the second grade when he punched his music teacher in the eye because he didn’t think the teacher knew anything about music!

          Think about this – Trump’s aggressive behavior has been effective in the political campaign arena, but how will it work as President of the United States.

Humm

          Now a few thoughts about Mrs. Clinton.

          A Time magazine article suggests she might beat Trump by being boring rather than engaging him. I couldn’t agree more. It takes two to have an argument so maybe Hillary just ignores Trump and especially his crude remarks and if she does it well she might just drive him crazy?

          My wife and I used to have a code when any discussion got too hot to handle – we’d just say “How about those Royal’s?”

          I’d love a debate where Trump rips into Mrs. Clinton and she responds “How about those Mets?”

          Clinton’s other ploy might be to avoid campaign mode. She’s not good at campaigning. During husband Bill’s race in 1992 her approval rating dropped to 38% only to rise to 66% as First Lady. As a candidate in 2008 her approval rating dropped to 48%, but went back up to 66% as Secretary of State.

          Hillary’s best strategy might just be - to be boring and let Trump be the boor.

          Are we having fun yet?

          I’m Steve Sauder.

May 11, 2016

It is graduation time. I know this because I saw President Obama giving an address to graduates at Howard University. He will also talk to the graduates at Rutgers’s and the Air Force Academy. His message was good, positive and political urging grads to not only vote this time, but every time.

If I was speaking at a graduation my message would be more direct. One idea would be to use the Post I’ve seen recently on Face Book suggesting there some things anyone can accomplish that require absolutely no talent. That means there is no excuse to not practice these traits.

Zero talent is required to:

1.     Be on time.

2.     Have a strong work ethic.

3.     Give effort

4.     Display positive body language.

5.     Exert energy.

6.     Have a good attitude.

7.     Show true passion.

8.     Be coachable.

9.     Do the extra things.

10.   Be prepared.

Great advice because all these things are traits we see in our best employees, co-workers and leaders. God gave each of us the tools to do all those things if we desire to do them – no talent required.

Now let me simplify that list for you. Back in my youth coaching days and especially when I coached youngsters on the baseball field I had just 2 rules. I’d tell the boys – if you can say “yes sir, when asked these questions we’ll never have a problem.

My two rules were: “Hustle and Do Your Best.”

Pretty simple and I believe they pretty much cover all ten ideas from before.

Son, were you hustling? Were you doing your best? If you can say “yes” then we won’t have a problem.

Either way – the ten things you can do that do not require talent or “Hustle and Do Your Best” those who try hardest will succeed.

I’m Steve Sauder