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Erren Harter

Erren Harter

April 11, 2018

April 14, 2018

          I like and use Facebook a lot.  It offers up lots of good information although it has become more and more difficult to discern truth from fiction, but for me, the good far outweighs the bad.

          This whole Facebook idea started in a college dorm with Mark Zuckerberg and several friends literally screwing around with the concept of connecting college kids using the internet.

          Obviously what they started or stumbled onto has become massive and changed human habits in ways no one could have predicted.

          Currently, Facebook is under siege because of their failure to adequately protect the information they have collected about users from outside groups who have used this data for purposes it was not designed for – so we are told.

          This has me confused. What or how exactly has this supposed data breach hurt me?

          What does Facebook know about me that makes me vulnerable to the Russians, the Democrats or the Trump campaign: My email address? My phone number or mailing address? Where do I work? Maybe, even my social security number? My credit cards have not been compromised, so what?

          Maybe I'm naive, no, admittedly I am naïve, but I do not understand.

          I do understand if one of these organizations wanting to influence opinion can send a message to 87 million Facebook users with one SEND that's pretty powerful, but how am I hurt? Lots of folks are trying to influence me and most of them bother me a lot more than some strange Facebook message.

          Zuckerberg is appearing before Congress and they are roasting him like a pig on a spit. Next Congress will likely develop a plan to regulate Facebook type companies. Regulation might be necessary and helpful, but I'm not so sure given Congress’ track record.

What I don't want Congress to do is "throw the baby out with the bath

water!"

Facebook is fun, informative and more of a positive thing than bad, so please don't ruin it!

          I like bragging about the accomplishments of my grandkids and learning about the good things others have accomplished too and I really enjoyed receiving more than 150 Happy Birthday greetings.

Conclusion: Facebook is fun!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

 

April 4, 2018

April 14, 2018

          It’s always good to come home. While we’ve been gone the world situation hasn’t changed that much, but conflict is still rampant with school shootings, gun debates, international tensions escalated and a general fear for the future of our lives as we know them.

          Often in the past when situations look very bleak I have suggested prayer as a solution.

          While as a Christian this makes me feel better it occurs to me that not all my listeners are believers.

          So does that mean I should stop suggesting prayer?

          To answer that question my thought is maybe I should try explaining why I see prayer as a good option.

          To start that process today I’m sharing with you an Affirmation of Faith recited by the congregation in the church we attend in California. It is a good definition of what Christians believe.

          If you are already a believer this can be a good refresher, if you are not a believer or have doubts this hopefully will give you something to ponder.

 

          This is a Lenten Affirmation of Faith.

We believe in God, the creator of heaven and earth, granter of grace and life.

We believe that nothing in all the world can separate us from the love of God, who always forgives a repentant heart.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God in human vesture, who came to love us into new life.

We believe that Jesus took the burden of our sins upon himself and carried that burden to the cross, where he relinquished his own life for our sakes.

This act was his ultimate gift to us.

We believe his death was not the end, but that he was raised from the dead and he will come again one day.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who speaks truth to all people, in every language.

Our hearts are warmed when we embrace that Spirit, and God’s presence within us is revealed.

As the church, and as members of the body of Christ in the world, we believe we are called to make a difference in the world.

Thanks be to God.

          I’m Steve Sauder and There’s Something to Think About!

March 28, 2018

April 14, 2018

A study presented to the Legislature last week by Texas A&M researcher Lori Taylor, showed that the average efficiency rate of Kansas schools is 96 percent.

That number backs up a 2017 study from the Kansas Association of School Boards that showed Kansas ranks in the top 10 in an average of student outcomes while its per-pupil spending is below the national average.

Kansas school districts are resourceful. Districts around the state are filled with teachers and administrators who are the heart of education and best know how to try to achieve great things in the classroom. Our teachers and staff are dedicated, and I am grateful and proud our public schools are rated so highly. 

Our circumstance, however, is perilous given we are experiencing growing teacher shortages and our average teacher pay is no higher than 42nd in the nation.  Our teacher salaries are nearly 8% below Nebraska’s. It is obvious that this has been a decade where school districts, and their individual schools, have had to learn how to function with fewer resources when funding from the state was cut following the 2008 recession and revenue shortfalls in the wake of the 2012 tax reductions.

The Taylor study presented last week was commissioned by the Kansas Legislature which is working to address the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that Kansas schools are unconstitutionally underfunded. The study clearly confirms, just as the earlier Augenblick and Myers study and the Legislative Post Audit study, that funding matters when it comes to improving education outcomes.

 

As I have had the opportunity to serve in the legislature and more recently the opportunity to be a close observer of this legislature I am encouraged that in the coming few weeks our Kansas policy makers will successfully meet the school funding challenge.

Having courageously addressed tax reform in the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers have no appetite for raising taxes which I understand.  The question then becomes – can we reach the goal of constitutional funding with existing resources?

I believe we can and here is how.  First, we can make meaningful changes but confirm the essence of our current and historic school funding formula.  This formula has been touted as a model nationally and has been upheld by our Supreme Court.

We can set realistic goals which, while not as aspirational as we might wish, will improve outcomes significantly for Kansas students.

We can draw on available and likely resources which includes current ending balances and revenue which, 8 months into the current fiscal year, is up $270 million. Experts believe that amount will grow.  Kansas is currently benefitting from revenue created by tax reform at the federal level.  Prospects for resolving the inequity with internet sales tax are better than they have ever been and could also provide meaningful additional revenue to Kansas.  The Kansas economy is improving and that will obviously help address K-12 funding challenge as well as other pressing needs.

Any legislative solution will necessarily be phased in over three to five years and I trust the Supreme Court will agree with a responsible phased in plan.

The path ahead for our legislature is daunting but I am confident they will be up to the challenge.  I am Don Hill and that is something to think about.

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(kcroyals.com) The Kansas City Royals had the Angels right where they wanted them with a two-run lead and the relievers -- Tim Hill, Brad Keller and Justin Grimm -- that have emerged in manager Ned Yost's circle of trust to set up closer Kelvin Herrera. But the Angels nicked Keller for one run in the seventh and pushed two across against the suddenly struggling Grimm in the eighth for a 5-4 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals and Angels play game 3 of their 4 game series tonight. First pitch is set for 6:15. Coverage on KVOE 1400AM/96.9FM begins at 5:30p.

The Emporia State softball team swept a doubleheader from Central Missouri Friday.

The Emporia High Girls Soccer team shutout Junction City 2-0 Friday night.

The Emporia High Softball team was swept by Topeka Seaman Friday.

Emporia State athletes picked up 3 first place finishes at the K.T. Woodman Classic Friday. Alec Garcia finished in first place in both the discus and shot put. Brian Newkirk had the fastest time in the 10000 meter run.

 

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