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Undoubtedly you know there was an earthquake in Oklahoma on Saturday that we felt locally and throughout many states.

Earthquakes have become more commonplace in the Midwest and a – not new process called “fracking” used by oil and gas producers is being blamed by some for these events.

Just so you will better understand here is a text book explanation of “fracking.”        

“Fracking” is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing; a type of drilling that has been used commercially for 65 years. Today, the combination of advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, employing cutting-edge technologies, is mostly responsible for surging U.S. oil and natural gas production.

Hydraulic fracturing involves safely tapping shale and other tight-rock formations by drilling a mile or more below the surface before gradually turning horizontal and continuing several thousand feet more. Thus, a single surface site can accommodate a number of wells. Once the well is drilled, cased and cemented, small perforations are made in the horizontal portion of the well pipe, through which a typical mixture of water (90 percent), sand (9.5 percent) and additives (0.5 percent) is pumped at high pressure to create micro-fractures in the rock that are held open by the grains of sand. Additives play a number of roles, including helping to reduce friction (thereby reducing the amount of pumping pressure from diesel-powered sources which reduces air emissions) and prevent pipe corrosion, which in turn help protect the environment and boost well efficiency.

Why “Fracking”?

Safe hydraulic fracturing is the biggest single reason America is having an energy revolution right now, one that has changed the U.S. energy picture from one of scarcity to abundance. “Fracking” is letting the U.S. tap vast oil and natural gas reserves that previously were locked away in shale and other tight-rock formations.

“Fracking” isn’t new. My dad used “fracking” nearly 50 years ago to turn tired, old oil leases viable again.  

“Fracking” today is accomplished using a chemical reaction. My dad and his cronies likely started their “fracking” with gun powder, but advanced to nitroglycerin. Whatever their methods it was far more dangerous than today’s process.

As for the earthquakes and the part “fracking” plays in them I refer you to a quote from a geologist who said, “this weekend's event was nearly 300 million years in the making.”

Let the debate continue!

I’m Steve Sauder.

          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

 

Emporia’s Memory Walk to end Alzheimer’s Disease will be this Sunday at the Lyon County Fair Grounds. Registration starts at 1:30 with the Walk starting at 2:30. Prior to the Walk a social time will be held for friends to meet and talk.

     Often we hear that someone is suffering from Dementia and we think that’s not as serious as Alzheimer’s, but we’d be wrong. Both are serious and neither is a normal part of aging. The following may help you understand the difference.

  •  “Dementia” is a term that has replaced a more out-of-date word, “senility,” to refer to cognitive changes with advanced age.
  • Dementia includes a group of symptoms, the most prominent of which is memory.

A good analogy to the term dementia is “fever.” Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. But it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness.

In the same way, dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties.

Dementia is not a disease; it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease. There are many possible causes of dementia. They are degenerative diseases of the brain that get worse over time.

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s, accounting for as many as 70-80% of all cases of dementia.

Approximately 5.3 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's Disease.

          Emporia’s Memory Walk is Sunday at the Fairgrounds. Much progress has been made in Alzheimer’s research, but much if left to be done. The number of victims is massive and for each victim there is a caregiver and family. Please attend the Walk and also offer prayers for the people affected by these cruel diseases.

          I’m Steve Sauder

Today my topic is the Bond Issue for a new facility in USD 251, North Lyon County on October seventh.

I’m not a patron in the district so if you say this is none of my business I’ll accept that but, still offer my thoughts.

Listening to Board of Education President Matt Horton and Superintendant Aron Dody Monday convinced me that this plan to build a new K-12 facility, district office and athletic facilities in one location makes very good sense.

No one wants to add dollars to their tax bill, but that’s going to happen in USD 251 whether this issue passes or not.

Dody offers a compelling laundry list of economic factors that make building a new facility seem reasonable.

Cost savings from transportation alone will be staggering! Currently buses criss-cross the district to get students to class and sometimes kids even have to change buses.

More manageable classes save dollars: Example: 32 fifth grader this year in Americus and 9 in Reading. If together there would need 2 teachers with 21 and 20 students. Reality – 3 classes, 3 teachers with an additional cost of about $50,000!

Obviously maintaining and staffing the 3 existing buildings is far more expensive than just one.

Energy savings in the new school will be gigantic!

It would seem plausible that enrollment in 251 could increase with better proximity to potential students from other districts.

It appears the 251 Board has made every effort to involve patrons and answer their questions.

North Lyon County is an area made up incredibly good, strong, and hard working people. Drive around the area and you can see the tremendous pride folks have in their properties.

Seems to me that that same pride will be exhibited in this new school? The upside seems enormous. In a state where leadership is seriously lacking USD 251 leaders are setting an example about which the district can take great pride.

It will be a big decision on October seventh. Hopefully everyone will get well informed and vote.

I’m Steve Sauder

          The second Saturday in September is World AFib Awareness Day. When that message arrived from KU Med it hit home with me because I have dealt with Atrial Fibrillation for about 20 years.

          AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. It occurs when one or both of the upper chambers of the heart – called the atria – don’t beat the way they should. This can cause blood to pool in the left atrium, where a blood clot can form. If that clot breaks away, it can travel to the brain, where it can cause a stroke.

          AFib won’t kill you, but a stroke can, so those of us with AFib pay a lot of attention to our blood thickness. A scary fact is that 1/3 of people with AFib will have a stroke at some point.

AFib affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States. The odds of developing AFib go up with age. Amazingly, some people have AFib, but experience no symptoms.

Some of the most prevalent symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation are:

  • Racing, irregular heartbeat

  • Fluttering in the chest

  • Heart palpitations

  • Dizziness

  • Weakness

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue when exercising

  • Faintness

If you’d like to know more about AFib there is a not for profit organization (Global Atrial Fibrillation Alliance) founded for the purpose of bringing patients, physicians and industry together for the common goal of improving the knowledge, awareness and support for the management of AFib.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info on how to get involved.

On September 13th there will be a World AFib Awareness Day at Kansas City’s Crown Center Hotel. Attendees will learn not only about diagnostic treatment and tools, but also about using things like yoga and lifestyle changes to manage AFib.  Register online at www.tinyurl.com/GAFA2014

AFib won’t kill you, but that stroke can!

I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about.

Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was exciting, boring and predictable all at the same time.

          Judged as a debate, I think Hillary won and the Donald while scoring some good points missed several golden opportunities. They offer up so many plans it seems more like a Monopoly game than real life.

          One idea that Trump might consider concerns his unwillingness to release his tax returns and his reported ability to NOT PAY TAXES!

          I’ve been reading a book about Joseph P. Kennedy. He’s the father of President John F. Kennedy his brothers Bobby and Edward and 7 other children.

Trump should read this book called The Patriarch. It tells how Joe Kennedy manipulated business deals and especially how he absolutely raped the stock market and banks by creating investment opportunities in companies then convincing friends to join in thus driving up stock prices and then - often bailing out taking massive profits with him. Joseph P. Kennedy was a very skilled inside trader.

I don’t think he ever had to use bankruptcy, but he was accused of using funds from a bootlegging operation to fund one deal.

Here’s the rest of the story. Largely because of way Kennedy and others like him manipulated the markets and banks Franklin Roosevelt as a part of his New Deal in the thirties championed legislation to create regulations for banks and the Security and Exchange Commission to start reeling in Wall Street.

Amazingly Joe Kennedy who had all kinds of political aspirations himself lobbied for and was appointed by FDR as the first Chairman of the SEC!

This was absolutely like appointing the fox to watch the hen house!

So how does this help Trump?

Monday night when Mrs. Clinton said “Donald brags about paying no federal income taxes,” Trump utters under his breath – “I’m smart.”

My suggestion would be to cite Joe Kennedy who set the standard for insider trading on Wall Street then volunteered and was appointed to clean it up as Chairman of the SEC.

Trump should suggest if we want to collect more taxes from the rich why not ask someone who understands how to avoid taxes to be in charge of collecting them?

 He can proudly claim - and this time with some creditability, that he knows more about the flawed IRS Code than about anybody!

Don’t hold your breathe though – he had lots of opportunities Monday and swung and missed most of them.

Sadly Monday’s debate did little to help me decide how to vote. It did though motivate me to try and finish the Patriarch – its 787 pages long, but full of good stuff.

To end with some good news we are only 42 days away from the election!

I’m Steve Sauder.

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!

        

Touchy topic today because I am as guilty as the next guy, but still often feel like a victim.

          Cell phones are everywhere and while most users think they have good mobile manners, more and more people indicate they are irritated and annoyed by the use of cell phones in public places.

          One piece I read suggested we need to really pay attention to others whenever we put our mobile devices to our ears.

Loutish cell use is out of control one person wrote. Mobile phones now ring at weddings, funerals, job interviews, surgical procedures and during Broadway shows.

As bad as those examples are the most grievous form of cell phone bad etiquette is when someone is just plain rude in the use of their phone in your presence.

Recently this rudeness was given a name and a group has been started to stop – Phubbing.

Phubbing is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone rather than paying attention to them.

The Phubbing name came from someone in a pub with one other person (maybe even a date) paying more attention to their phone than the other person.

There now exists a “Stop Phubbing” campaign!

Cell phones and rude behavior are becoming pretty closely aligned.

Airplanes prior to the “turn off your mobile devices” command are rampant with loud talkers who don’t seem to notice the people around them who cannot help but hear them.

One of my pet peeves is the golf course. I take my phone, but try hard to turn the ringer down and never have an extended conversation.

All too often playing partners take calls on the golf course and simply stop playing to dispatch their business. When it is suggested this was rude to the rest of us they usually say something like “I have to make a living.”

Made me wonder if that was true – what was he doing on the golf course in the middle of the afternoon?

Like I said at the outset – I am as guilty as the next guy. But, I am trying to stop being rude when comes to my cell phone and I hope others might give this concern some consideration as well.

I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about.

Wowzer! Not sure that’s a word, but I am sure Kansas has quite a race going on for the United States Senate.

          In the incumbent’s corner we have Republican Pat Roberts – the wiley veteran of 8 terms in the House of Representatives and 2 terms as a Senator from Kansas.

          The challenger is Independent candidate Greg Orman – a political unknown until recently, but a man with a plan and plenty of resources behind him.

          This will be a difficult decision for many Kansas voters.

          Senator Robert’s longevity was used against him in the hotly contested primary election where he won but failed to capture a majority of the votes.

          Robert’s has a sparkling record of leadership and accomplishment in Washington where is noted for important positions especially in agriculture, health care and defense. If he loses Kansas loses its most influential voice on the beltway.

          Orman was raised by his mother in Minnesota. He spent summers

working in his dad’s furniture store warehouse in Stanley, Kansas. He’s been an over achiever from the get-go. He earned a spot in the American Legion’s Boy’s Nation in WashingtonD.C. in 1986 and that’s where he met President Ronald Regan. He graduated from Princeton in 1991.

          Shortly after college Orman developed an efficient lighting system he built into a business he eventually sold to K C Power and Light. From that early success Greg Orman has had the golden touch starting running several very successful companies.

          Monday Orman released his required financial disclosure. The release indicated assets between $21.5 and $85.9 million and an annual income between $917,000 and $4.5 million. Taking the reported assets at their lowest number puts Greg Orman among the wealthiest U.S. Senators.

          Actually, it appears Kansans have a great choice. A long term veteran of Washington politics who is a cinch to hold a high ranking position if the Senate is controlled by Republicans; or the brash newcomer who has a knack for success and has pledged to be a problem solver in D.C. rather than a hard core politician.

          This is a tough decision. Hope you care enough to vote in November.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

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