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          The race to become our President in 2020 has begun with lots of people wanting to unseat President Trump.

          The experts suggest it's a three-person race with Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren leading.    

          But, enough about the front runners. Let me introduce you to the darkest of dark horses, the longest of the long shots - Andrew Yang. Yes, the Asian gentlemen without a tie in the last debate.

          Yang parents emigrated from Taiwan. He attended Brown University and Columbia Law School. He practiced law for less than a year - didn't like it, so he took a job where he learned how to start his own business. He's become a successful entrepreneur. Andrew Yang is a very rich American success story, but we are learning that doesn't necessarily qualify a person to lead our country.

          In Yang's words, he's running for President because I fear for the future of our country. New technologies - robots, software, artificial intelligence  - have already destroyed more than 4 million US jobs, and in the next 5-10 years, they will eliminate millions more.

          Andrew Yang is unique and a couple of his documented 160 policy statements are even more so.

          You may have heard about Yang's idea to give $1,000 each month to every American over the age of 18,---- forever! He calls it a Freedom Dividend designed to help people meet their needs expected or unexpected. He says the benefits will create a happier, healthier and more relaxed group of citizens.

          The cost, of course, is astronomical, but Yang plans to tax companies like Amazon and Google which he says have stolen lots of those jobs and reportedly don't currently pay any taxes. Plus he points out these Dividends would immediately go back into the economy creating a spike every month like a tax cut.

          He may not be crazy! Evidently Alexander Hamilton proposed a similar idea in his era.

          Along the same line falls Yang's Democracy Dollars idea which would give every American $100 to donate to a political campaign. Add it up! $100 times 300 million people would create a fund to make the Koch Brothers two or three hundred million dollars look somewhat insignificant.

          Now his idea on relocating large parts of cities like Los Angles to offset Climate Change might need some study, but Andrew Yang is not your run of the mill candidate. He is truly unique.

          No, I'm not endorsing Yang, but I am listening.

          There's Something to Think About, I'm Steve Sauder.

A very dismal season for our Kansas City Royals was interrupted last week when we learned David Glass was about to sell the team.

          A little history lesson seems to be in order here.

          In 1967 Charles O. Finley moved his Kansas City Athletics and his goats too, we assume, to Oakland. To avoid a legal battle Major League Baseball granted Kansas City an American League expansion franchise.

          Four groups applied with the founder of Marion Laboratories, Ewing Kauffman winning out. He and his wife, Muriel proved to be wonderful owners. Some say it was the finest trade ever made: Kauffman for Finley!

          Interesting point; One group vying for the franchise  had a plan to sell 75% of the team to the public like the Green Bay Packers do.

          The Kauffman's weren't afraid to "go for it." They built a strong farm system, developed players like Frank White in their unique Kansas City Baseball Academy. We fell in love with Famous Amos, Freddie, Big John, Splitt, Quiz, Bo and of course George Brett and they were successful winning the pennant in 1980 and the World Series in 1985.

          In 1973 the Royals moved into their new stadium that would one day bear Kauffman's name.

          Kauffman died in 1993. He won a World Series and was a central player in big changes in major league baseball including a players strike in 72 and the historic battle over the player’s reserve clause. Unfortunately, his Royals were not profitable most of his years.

          Unable to find a buyer Kauffman developed a plan to have the Royals operated by a charitable foundation after his death. David Glass was chosen as Chairman of that group until he purchased the Royals in 1999 for $96 million. Kauffman had paid $6 million for the franchise in 1969.

          Glass initially was a lousy owner. His unwillingness to pay stars like Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran who actually played in the same outfield before he traded them away demonstrated his faulty thinking.

          Glass evidently saw the light in 2006 when he hired Dayton Moore and turned the operation over to him. The Royals won the pennant in 2014 and the World Series in 15.

          Glass, now 84, is selling the franchise to John Sherman for a reported one billion dollars!

          Sherman once said, It’s a business, and it’s an interesting business, but if you’re not a fan, I don’t think you’ll enjoy the business.”

          Hopefully Sherman unlike Glass will be fan first and a businessman second. It should be interesting!

          I’m Steve Sauder

            Meet Warren Buffet and Bill Gates two of America's most generous men.

            Buffet whose wealth is estimated at $79 billion runs Berkshire Hathaway which owns more than 60 companies. He bought his first stock at age 11 and filed a tax return at age 13. He's pledged to give 99% of his wealth to charity.

            Gates is best known for founding Microsoft, but his philanthropy with wife Melinda is quickly becoming his legacy. He is regarded as the richest man in the world at about $103 billion.

            Their Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world with primary goals being to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. Gates Foundation-supported efforts have vaccinated over 580 million children helping childhood mortality worldwide to drop by 50% in less than 30 years. 

            Buffet has donated billions to Gates efforts. Rotary partnered with them to almost completely eradicate polio in the world.

            Both men were interviewed by The Atlantic recently. Here are some of their thoughts.        

            Both men appear to doubt some of President Trump’s innovations in rhetoric and both men have warm feelings about immigrants.

            When asked about misleading facts in play today, Gates said, I predict a comeback for the truth. Adding; solutions that are not based on facts, I believe these won’t be as successful as those that are based on facts.

            Asked whether they believed America needed to be made great again, Buffett nearly jumped out of his chair: “We are great! We are great!” Adding, I believe........  that this country gets better all the time. [America] survived civil war, world wars, the atomic bomb, and the Great Depression. We survive.

            He continued, in 1776, there were four million people here, and 290 million in China. We have 75 million owner-occupied homes, 260 million vehicles, the greatest universities in the world, up and down the line—all of this from nothing 240 years ago. That’s pretty remarkable!

            Both men agreed America’s fortunes cannot be reversed during a single four-year presidential term.

            Both were asked what worries you most?

            Buffett responded weapons of mass destruction and Gates answered, I worry more about bioterrorism.

            When asked about climate-change Gates offered, If you told me that technology was frozen, that all we have is today’s technology, I would be very worried about climate change. Because of technology I do think we’ll avoid the biggest downsides of climate change.

            Buffet, who has pledged over $30 billion to their Foundation told Bill and Melinda Gates he wanted them to fail a lot because if you’re not failing, you’re trying to do things that are too easy. 

            Now that's a unique thought and certainly something to think about!

            It's a fascinating article about two great Americans.  You can find a link to it under The Atlantic at kvoe.com. I hope you'll pull it up and read it.      I'm Steve Sauder.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/buffett-gates/517833/

            Life is just too cotton-picking’ serious these days so let’s have some fun.

            My teacher asked me to name my favorite animal?

            My answer was fried chicken.

            She said, "That’s not funny," but she must have been wrong cause everyone laughed!

            I told my dad and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA and they love animals very much.

            Well, I do too! Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, she sent me to the principal's office.

            He laughed too and told me not to do that again.

            Next day my teacher asked me about my favorite live animal?

            I said the chicken because you can make it into fried chicken!

            Back to the principal's office with the same result - he laughed and told me not to do that again.

            I'm not sure I understand because my parents tell me to always be honest, but my teacher doesn't seem to appreciate it when I am.

            Day three she asked me about who is the famous person I admire the most?

            I answered: Colonel Sanders. Guess where I am now?

 

            Sticking with teachers this Notice to All Students was in a classroom.

  • Leave the excuses at the door.
  • If you didn't do your homework, just admit it.
  • If you didn't understand the homework ask for help.
  • If you didn't study for the test, accept your grade and resolve to do better next time.    
  • If you refuse to follow my rules, accept the consequences.
  • This is not a democracy.
  • This is my classroom and I'm here for one reason and one reason only:

        TO TEACH AND INSPIRE YOU AND TO HELP YOU GROW!

      Is anyone thinking about former great Emporia teacher Wood Bloxom?

            English teacher asks? Can you give me the opposite of this sentence?

            "Children in the dark make mistakes."

            Little Johnny, "Mistakes in the dark make children."

            Teacher, "Johnny, go to the principal's office!"

 

            A small village decided to pray together for rain. On the chosen day all the people gathered, but only one young boy brought an umbrella.

            Now that's Faith!

           

            And finally! How I learned to mind my own business!

            I was walking by a property with a wooden fence the other day, and the people inside were shouting 13, 13, 13!

            The fence was too high for me to see over, but I noticed a small opening in the planks, so I looked in to see what was going on.

            Someone shoot my eye with a water gun and they all started shouting 14, 14, 14!

            Have a great day! I'm Steve Sauder  

            The 2004 Tony Award winning Broadway show called Avenue Q addresses a number of social problems in a unique manner. Set in a low rent area in New York City one of those issues is racism.

            Today I'm sharing snip-its from the lyrics of the song Everyone's a Little Bit Racist from Avenue Q because they offer some provocative thoughts on this thorny topic.

            Apologies to my Polish listeners because the word Polack is in the lyrics to make a point. It's effective, but not very respectful.

The main character in Avenue Q is Princeton who says:

All right, stop me if you've heard this one.
There's a plane going down and there's only one parachute.
And there's a rabbi, a priest...

KATE interrupts: ... and a BLACK guy!

Then GARY COLEMAN enters, yes that Gary Coleman, the one from the TV show Different Strokes. He's the Superintendent on Avenue Q and he says:
Whatchoo talkin' about Kate?

KATE stutters Uhh --

GARY COLEMAN says: You were telling a BLACK joke!

To which PRINCETON responds: Well, sure, Gary, but lots of people tell black jokes...

GARY COLEMAN says: I don't.

Then PRINCETON says: Well, of course you don't -- you're black!
But I bet you tell Polack jokes, right?

GARY COLEMAN says: Well, sure I do. Those stupid Polacks!

PRINCETON questions him with: Don't you think that's a little racist?

KATE adds: You're a little bit racist.

GARY COLEMAN counters:
Well, you're a little bit, too.

Then PRINCETON says:
We're all a little bit racist.

and GARY COLEMAN says:
I think that I would have to agree with you.

PRINCETON & KATE say: We're glad you do.

To which GARY COLEMAN says:
It's sad, but true!

Everyone's a little bit racist -- all right!
Bigotry has never been exclusively white --

Then all Three conclude:
If we all could Just admit That we are racist A little bit,
Even though we all Know that it's wrong,
Maybe it would help Us get along!

            That's a strong message and here's one last verse to ponder.

Everyone's a little bit racist, sometimes.

Doesn't mean we go around committing hate crimes.

Look around and you will find, No one is really color blind.

Maybe it's a fact we should face.

Everyone makes judgments based on race.

          Avenue Q exposes a number of social issues. You can Google it and read the lyrics or go see the show off Broadway.

            Hopefully my visit today to Everyone's a Little Bit Racist has given you Something to Think About! I'm Steve Sauder.

          So-called Fake News is my topic today after it was suggested on the Gazette's on-line site that KVOE is guilty of broadcasting Fake News by virtue of our association with ABC News.

          My response is that's not accurate.

          While Fake News is rampant and certainly a problem on many news sources ABC's radio news is not guilty. ABC reports the facts very straight. I do understand when they report President Trump in an exaggeration or untruth his supporters would like to call these Fake News.

          We may need to agree to disagree about ABC, but if you listen to MSNBC, FOX News and often even CNN radio you'll find numerous reports that qualify as overly opinionated.

          It is often difficult to know what to believe.

          At KVOE we try to be accurate and keep opinions during our news reports unbiased. Chuck Samples and Tagan Trahoon are proficient at keeping news, news, and not their opinions.

          My efforts on the air not so much as my opinions are often presented and debated with equal time always available to responsible parties.

          Our goal at KVOE is to be accurate first and influential second. Hopefully, we expose Fake News rather than broadcasting it!

          KVOE does carry shows like Jim Bohannon at night followed by Kate Delaney, Doug Stephan, and John Trout that deal with all kinds of topics. I love listening to these shows and appreciate how fair they are at allowing guests and callers have their say.

          Fake News on social media sites like FaceBook is a really big challenge. The amount of misinformation being streamed on-line that can appear to be legitimate is alarming. I recently found a site on-line offering to help me discern, recognize and resist disinformation, propaganda and hate messages. I might have to sign up!

          Unfortunately, Edgar Allen Poe's advice to ”believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see," is pretty much useless today.

          Fake News in social media should have us all concerned. An example I heard recently said if FaceBook or Google was to send a simple reminder to vote on Election Day to one party's members, but not the other's it would increase the numbers voting in a significant way. That's scary and doesn’t even address the efforts from outside like Russia.

          At KVOE we will keep doing our best to report all the news as news and hold accountable any attempts to mislead our listeners.

          I'm Steve Sauder and "There's Something to Think About."

The following is in response to Steve Sauder's Something to Think About that aired on August 7th on KVOE. Speaking is Dave Trabert, President of Kansas Policy Institute.

 

Shortly voters in Emporia’s school district will be receiving ballots for the proposed $78 million bond issue for safety and security; addition and renovation of academic space; building systems and improved traffic flow.

          My purpose today is not to influence your vote. I spoke two weeks ago about my support for this bond and my trust in the work of our school leaders. Today I am cautioning voters about the efforts from the outside to influence this election.

          That opposition is coming from the Kansas Policy Institute. Steve Rose, a highly respected Kansas City journalist recently wrote the following about this group.

The Kansas “Fallacy” Institute, er, I mean Kansas Policy Institute, headquartered in Wichita, is called a think tank.

But that is a misnomer because the folks who crank out numbers there don’t really think about issues at all. Rather, they take a preconceived notion that government and schools are enormously wasteful and inefficient and then concoct absurd calculations to make it seem so.

To what end does the institute spew out its gross distortions? Its stated goal is to shrink government and to dramatically lower taxes. I would add: Regardless of the possible negative effect on services. The institute never seems to conclude that the public is being served well and that our exceptional quality of life is something worth spending a little more on.

Founded in 1996 and reportedly funded by the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers of Wichita — who hate virtually all government — the institute publicizes its phony numbers that are then embraced by vocal radicals, who spew them so often, the public starts to wonder, hmm, maybe there is truth to those claims.

The institute knows the public usually does not have either the time or inclination to get the details of the real story. The headline numbers stick, not the long, boring details of the truth.

Two of the primary targets of the Kansas Policy Institute are local schools and local government, entities that have been doing a magnificent job of providing the community’s enviable quality of life.

          Let me repeat Steve Rose’s warning that the institute publicizes its phony numbers that are then embraced by vocal radicals.

          That’s happening locally as the Kansas Policy Institute has been assisted locally by a group that is disciples of the – always cut taxes - thinking espoused by the Sam Brownback crowd.

          Hopefully, Emporia patrons won’t be fooled.         

          Please get the facts and vote, our kids need you.

          I’m Steve Sauder

Facebook is rife with good thoughts. Most of these are attributed to the wisdom of an old farmer.

  • Don’t corner something you know is meaner than you.
  • It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with the pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  • Most stuff people worry about ain’t gonna happen anyway.
  • Remember silence is often the best answer.
  • Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  • Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever deal with watches you from the mirror every morning.
  • Always drink upstream from the heard.
  • Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  • Letting the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than putting it back in.
  • If you think you are a person of influence, try ordering someone else’s dog around.
  • Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and enjoy the ride.

     Finally, some advice that once might have been funny, maybe even appropriate, but not so much today.

  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he’s too old to fight he might just shoot you.

 

     And to finish today a more modern question.

     Do you remember, before the internet, that it was thought that the cause of collective stupidity was lack of access to information?

     Well….it wasn’t.

 

     Have a great day, I’m Steve Sauder.

Today a Pop Quiz for you.

          How many of these 7 names do you recognize?

          Michael Crouch, Art Gutierrez, Susan Brinkman, Melissa Ogleby, Grant Riles, Doug Epp, and Mallory Koci.

          They are the members of the USD 253’s Board of Education. They are also collectively a wonderful representation of our community with their varied backgrounds.

          With our school district soon sending out a ballot asking Emporia voters to approve a bond issue raising $78 million – I am happy that I know and most importantly trust the judgment of these folks along with the professional staff they have at USD 253.

          The bond issue originated only after more than a year of study and discussions using qualified help to determine the best way to make USD 253 facilities more efficient and safer. No frills included as far as I can see.

          Registered voters will be receiving mail ballots in mid-August with voter registration open until August 15.

          Most important is that each of us makes a conscious effort to become informed and vote.

          To that end, the district has already held three public meetings on this topic and one more will be held on July 31 at six o'clock in the library at Emporia High School.

          Also, next Wednesday on the Chat here on KVOE at 10:06, Kevin Case, USD 253’s Superintendent of Schools will be our guest and take any and all questions.  

          As for me, I start by trusting the school board members. There is no more thankless job yet these folks agree to serve. To suggest - as some have - that these folks haven't done a good job or more importantly that they may be trying to deceive the voters is shameful.

          As an example, opponents have suggested the district isn't being honest when saying this is a $78 million bond issue because it will cost taxpayers a larger amount.

          Their calculations add up only if you do fuzzy math that is not only misleading but a prime example of being "penny wise and pound foolish" with foolish showing up in bold print!

          Yes, you can save money by not trading in your old car, but after a while, you end up driving a junker. I hope no one wants that for our kids!

          Our elected school board members have studied the situation, considered many options, been truthful without a doubt and finally adopted a plan that deserves our support.

          There's Something to Think About and I'm Steve Sauder. 

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