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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.

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.

July 2, 2014

Ever feel like not working. That was me yesterday, so I didn’t. Well I did not do much. My Something to Think About reflects my lack of effort. You could say it is a “throw away” piece.It’s about toilet paper. It came in an email about “Toilet Paper Trivia,” so these facts must be true.

The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China.
By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.
Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the United States until 1857.
The man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet.
Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day. That’s 10 million trees a year.

It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise “Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.”
Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.

Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip.
The average roll has 333 sheets.
In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as preferable to toilet paper.

In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn’t, until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.
In 1996, President Clinton passed a “Toilet Paper Tax” of 6 cents per roll, which is still in effect today.
The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.

The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova it’s three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green.
Beyoncé uses only red Renova toilet paper.  Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.

If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top.
When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.

Toilet paper before food? That’s like putting the cart before the……naw I’m Steve Sauder.

June 25, 2014

If this was the Breakfast Quiz and the question was “who first coined the name – The Flint Hills?” Would you have an answer?

I do because my friend Wikipedia always has lots of interesting facts.

Explorer Zebulon Pike gets the credit for the Flint Hills and also for Pike’s Peak!

More Flint Hills facts after telling you about the Gator Rally Bobbi and I participated in earlier this month. The Rally hosted by Prairie Land Partners and their dedicated staff is a unique opportunity we have because we live near the beautiful Flint Hills.

On Thursday, our night, some 27 Gators took off from the cattle pens 16 miles south on the Kansas Turnpike. Four incredible hours later we had traversed nearly 40 miles over some of the most gorgeous land anywhere.

We were lucky because the recent rains added vibrant colors to this amazing place.   

The Flint Hills historically known as Bluestem Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, is a region in southeast Kansas named for the abundant residual flint (or chert) eroded from the bedrock that lies near or at the surface. The region includes a band of hills in eastern Kansas stretching into north-central Oklahoma, it has the most dense coverage of intact tallgrass prairie in North America.

The highest point in the Flint Hills is Butler County High Point, with an elevation of 1680 feet. The Flint Hills span 199 miles by 81 miles.

Our journey paused for dinner near Teterville and then Teter Rock for pictures. Where’s Teterville you ask? O, that’s just west of Thrall.

The trip back to the cattle pens led us through what my dad used to call the “oil patch.” I’m not sure we were on any of his old leases, but the smell and the sights and sounds of oil being pumped from this rocky soil was nostalgic for me.

The Gator Rally is a big undertaking for Prairie Land Partners encompassing 5 nights with stunning results. Not only did dozens of people get to see the Flint Hills up close and personal; three organizations – Big Brothers/Big Sisters; the Senior Center and C.A.L.M. – shared over $37,000 from the event. Our hosts deserve a big thank you.

Last thought: Let’s call it 40 miles in a Gator and my butt was sore, my back worse, my eyes swollen from the dust and my face covered with what was close to mud. My thought -  If 40 miles in Gator felt like this - what must 200 miles on a bike on gravel feel like?

I now have even greater respect for both our magnificent Flint Hills and the DK 200 riders.

I’m Steve Sauder with “Something to Think About.”

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.