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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 4, 2017

Psychologists tell us we cannot have or enjoy good without evil. In fact one says "evil is simply the absence of good!"

Whatever we believe the presence of evil happenings in our world over the past few weeks has been alarming.

Evil weather events in the form of hurricanes and earthquakes like we not seen before. Mass shootings so common now that the killing of three people in Lawrence over the weekend barely made national news only to be forgotten by the events in Las Vegas; and rhetoric from people of all sorts that’s so divisive we can hardly listen.

Thankfully, Jamie Reever our local United Way President offered some relief on Face Book by sharing a short poem written by Langston Hughes, a black man born in Joplin, Missouri who actually passed away in 1967 that says it all for me.

The title is Tired.

          As Jamie explained to me she is  "just tired of all the evil in our world today."

          Here’s Tired  by Langston Hughes:

            I am so tired of waiting,

          Aren't you,

          For the world to become good,

          And beautiful and kind?

          Let us take a knife

          And cut the world in two -

          And see what worms are eating

          At the rind.

 

          I think that’s worth hearing again:

 

 

 

            Tired  by Langston Hughes:

I am so tired of waiting,

          Aren't you,

          For the world to become good,

          And beautiful and kind?

          Let us take a knife

          And cut the world in two -

          And see what worms are eating

          At the rind.

 

          I'm Steve Sauder.

September 27, 2017

Let's consider a hypothetical question today.

          What if America had a rule of No Confidence like Great Britain forcing our president to stand for re-election in November of this year?

          The question becomes could anyone defeat Donald Trump?

          Republicans threw everything and everyone they had at Trump not long ago and he beat them like a drum. His support while not growing is still strong within the party.

          So, is there a Democrat who could unite their party to take on Trump?

          A recent TIME magazine article described the Democratic Party this way: "in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected."

          Holding only 15 governors' mansions and that of 98 partisan state legislatures Democrats control only 31! And, during the Obama years Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures leaving their "bench almost bare."

          TIME quotes a Democratic strategist saying "there is no confusion about what Democrats are against - the only disagreement is what we are for."

          And therein lays the problem. The splits in both parties create groups of believers that are so polarized in their ideologies that working together is difficult if not impossible.

          If you trust the popular vote from the last election Democrats would have the best opportunity to win because they have the numbers, but can they get them together?

          Is there a unifying democratic candidate?

          Elizabeth Warren seems like the obvious choice, but TIME points out when Democrats backed progressives like Dukakis, Mondale and McGovern the results were landslide losses.

          So far efforts by the Democrats to mend their differences have been fruitless. Putting Bernie Sanders and new party chairman Tom Perez together at a recent rally resulted in Sanders followers heckling Perez.

          Could President Trump win re-election now or in 2020 is a question we Kansans should understand isn't that easy to answer. We need only to say Sam Brownback.

          These are unique times in which we live. If you aren't happy with where we are the answer is not to just complain, but to get involved and that means at minimum get registered and vote!

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

September 20, 2017

          Local service clubs like the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Optimist, Sertoma and Rotary matter. Each contributes locally and on a larger scale world-wide.

          The Lions concentrate on sight and vision having been challenged by Helen Keller in 1925.

          Kiwanis is about "building" with helping kids their stated mission.

          The Optimist strive to make a difference for kids and their communities.

          Locally Sertoma is known for their "Little Train" and putting up flags while hearing is their overriding mission.

          If the groups just mentioned want equal time it will be available but, today I'm talking about Rotary International and its' world-wide effort to eradicate Polio.

          In the 30's, 40's and 50's Polio was a feared disease. An infection causing paralysis and death it was most common in the summer months.

          Also known as Infantile Paralysis its treatment was to be the sole beneficiary of our Jones Trust in the 50's. In 1955 the  Salk vaccine was introduced and has been successful in eliminating polio from most of the world, but the task is not complete and Rotary continues the fight it started in 1979 to totally eradicate this dread disease.

          After Rotary’s initial effort in '79 they got serious in 1985 introducing PolioPlus with a goal of raising $120 million to immunize every child in the world.  By 1988 $247 million had been raised!!

          By 2003 the effort was gaining traction a new goal resulted in $135 million additional being raised including a million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

          The Gates’ were just warming up! In 2007 they challenged Rotary with a $100 million challenge.

          Today just three countries have active poliovirus - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Treating children in those countries is difficult because they each have much bigger issues than health to deal with.

          The numbers are staggering! At the recent Rotary International Convention the organization announced along with the Gates Foundation pledging an additional $450 million dollars for the effort.

          Even though last year there were only 19 reported cases of polio worldwide and 8 cases so far this year - the fight goes on. You see if the virus remains anywhere it can spread back to the places where it has already been cleared. The battle is not won yet. The U.S has been polio free since 1979. To date the efforts of Rotary and Gates have immunized over 2 ½ billion children!

          Service clubs like Emporia's Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Optimist and Sertoma would be sorely missed if not active. They do matter!

          I'm Steve Sauder.

September 13, 2017

There is a petition going around asking the Emporia City Commission to get involved in the issue of the availability of White Auditorium for Emporia State’s basketball teams should they have the opportunity to host their Regional Tournament.

The problem as many know is these NCAA Regionals always fall on the same week as the state high school basketball tournaments and Emporia has hosted a state high school tournament for as long as we can remember.

Over a decade ago there was an attempt to host both at White, but a broken leg and some very late game times messed that idea up.

On at least 3 occasions since then our Lady Hornets were in position to host, but denied that opportunity because the gym was not available.

A recent attempt to utilize Emporia high school's gym didn’t fly either.

The group carrying the Petition is on the right track in my opinion by asking the City of Emporia to get involved.

The best possibility for reaching a compromise will be if the City and the Kansas State Activities Association can reach an agreement.

Ft. Hays worked a deal with the Activities Association a few years ago when they had the opportunity to host a NCAA Regional. The high school tournament was moved to another city at the last minute, but then returned to Hays the next year. We understand Hays thinks they can do this again if necessary. Emporia need that same deal!

The difference being Ft. Hays owns their facility, Gross Coliseum. ESU rents White Auditorium so Emporia City needs to speak.

Petition organizer Gary Ace tells me his group does not want to see White “dark” meaning they aren't seeking “an all or nothing” deal.

Emporia through its’ city officials needs to request from the Activities Association an agreement similar to Hays' where under certain circumstances the high school state tournament could be moved for that year.

Emporia has the reputations for being one of the best hosts for state basketball tournaments, combining that with Emporia's obligation to assist our university in this matter the Kansas High School Activities Association should be reasonable.

Such an arrangement would be fragile. Timing would be tight. Regional hosts are often not decided until Sunday night with both tournaments starting on Wednesday or Thursday.

We could see the decision to move the high school event made a week or two early only to see the Regional go elsewhere. That could result in "no tournament" in Emporia. That’s a chance we might have to be prepared to live with.

Complicated?

You bet. If it wasn’t it would have been resolved a long time ago.

What I do believe is getting Emporia city officials to take a stand might give a compromise a chance it hasn’t had for some time. It's worth a try!

And, yes I signed the petition.

I'm Steve Sauder.

 

September 6, 2017

          We don’t always agree with Governor Brownback, but we sure did when he declared the first week in September as Kansas Literacy Week.

          You see “Literacy” is a big deal in Emporia not only because we have the best Teacher’s College in America here, but also because of two amazing efforts to improve literacy in early age children that are now based in Emporia.

          Much like being the “Founding City of Veterans Day,” being home to  both the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center and the Kansas Literacy Center is huge.

          The Mason’s are investing are investing $4 million here over the next ten years to provide “unprecedented literacy development that will give richer meaning and greater potential to the future of 50,000 children throughout Kansas.”

          The goals are: Service for Schools; teachers and students across Kansas, and Service for families and communities and Research for the betterment of literacy development.

          This program is in its first year and will benefit children all across Kansas.

          The second program at Emporia State is funded by a $330,000 gift from the Jones Trust. It is designed to assist children in being ready for school and the task of reading and writing. Eleven schools in Lyon, Coffey and Osage Counties are the beneficiaries of this effort.

          Combined at ESU these programs make our university the hub for improving literacy in Kansas. Children living in the three counties will have the opportunity to be the best trained ever in terms of early childhood reading and writing – provided we take advantage of what is being offered.

          Dr. Ken Weaver is Dean of the ESU’s Teacher’s College and Dr. Dennis Kear is the person in charge of the literacy programs. Both are veteran educators and well qualified to lead.

          When comes to the Three R’s I’m not certain about arithmetic, but it would appear kids in our area have been blessed with a great opportunity to be really good at readin’ and writen’!!

          Thanks for listening, I’m Steve Sauder

 

August 30, 2017

          This is not intended to scare anyone, but to inform you about traps in youth sports.

          That may sound strange coming from Steve Sauder, but there are some traps!

          According to TIME magazine spending on youth sports in the U.S. has jumped from $8 billion to $15 billion in the last decade!

          For what you ask?

          Team fees, travel, coaching, equipment, uniforms and so on.

          The traps come when parents go overboard pushing their youngsters in hopes of earning a college scholarship. That's the biggest goal.

          Facts are only 2% of high school athletes get a D-I, NCAA

scholarship. This doesn't mean a scholarship is a bad goal, but it does mean spending thousands of dollars a year in pursuit of that scholarship isn't a good bet. A savings account might be a better one!

          Here's another trap. According to TIME "the more money families pour into youth sports, the more pressure the kids feel - and the less they enjoy their sport."

          If your son's baseball team joins the right organization they can have a national ranking versus other teams - starting at age 4? Of course you'll have to subscribe to the website for results.

          The USSSA is a not for profit group that promotes youth sports. Their 2015 revenues were $13.7 million and their CEO earned 831,000 bucks!

          Another trap is specialization - choosing a single sport early. Research shows this leads to more injury, burnout and depression. And, a recent NCAA survey indicated 88% of scholarship recipients played 2 or 3 sports throughout high school.

          My point is participation is great and travel teams are likely a necessity, but be real. It’s not a good plan to mortgage your house to send Junior to wrestling camp. Youth sports need a budget just like groceries.

          Even if you are convinced you have the next Tiger Woods in your family - keep it real. Coaches find talent and talented athletes find places to show off their skill in due time. Patience may be a virtue worth considering.

          Have you heard about Joey Erace? His on-line name is Joey Baseball. He has a hitting coach at $100 an hour and a fielding coach too. He lives in New Jersey but plays for teams in Texas and California. His dad admitted they have already spent over $30,000 on his baseball career. By the way - Joey Baseball is ten years old!

Have to wonder if he will even remember being a kid?

          Thanks for listening, I'm Steve Sauder