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.
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
Guns? Not sure there is a more confusing topic!
Guns are big business, important to hunters and target shooters and collectors, important for law enforcement and the armed forces. Guns have many good and worthwhile uses.
On the flip side, of course is the fact guns kill and injure and are utilized in most every crime committed.
I don’t hunt anymore, but I do own a shotgun. I don’t have ammunition in my home because while a gun could be good protection I’m not sure I could shoot anybody.
Others, of course disagree with me and keep guns at the ready for protection. That is their right without quibble from me.
Guns should not be outlawed. Obviously that would be an impossible task to enforce and we’d have a situation where besides law enforcement the only people with guns would be criminals.
Kansas laws have been recently changed so that carrying a gun is a right Kansas citizens enjoy without many restrictions.
As I understand the law certain places have the ability to prohibit guns from being carried therein. Schools and churches are obvious.
An editorial from the Lawrence Journal World in Monday’s Gazette talked about concealed carry as it relates to bars. The editorial was a little confusing, but I did learn bars have the right to post signs telling people carrying guns they are not welcome.
What was confusing was it was suggested most Lawrence bars were not posting such signs citing the fact they would not be able to tell who had a gun anyway.
The editorial suggested bars should post signs prohibiting concealed carry if for no other reason their liability exposure would be reduced by trying to limit guns in their establishments.
This creates for me is a question for businesses in Emporia as to their plans concerning the carrying of firearms in their establishments.
Quoting the editorial a bar owner said “Alcohol and guns just don’t mix well.”
Maybe our lawmakers think they have this all covered because Kansas State Law does still make it a crime to carry a gun while intoxicated.
I feel safer already!
Guns and their use are ”Something to Think About!
I’m Steve Sauder
Big loss for Emporia losing not only Melissa Windsor as Executive Director of the Emporia Art’s Council, but her running mate Brent is a valuable community leader as well.
The Windsor’s announced last week they will be moving to Arizona to enter a private business venture.
My notice came in a letter written to Bobbi and me from Melissa in her professional role. What was nice was she sent it by the U.S. mail, she signed it and added a short personal note.
Unfortunately using real mail, actually signing her letter and adding the note are pretty unique actions in today’s world of hurry and rush. Melissa isn’t a victim of such bad habits and her extra efforts made her letter very special.
Others might take note.
As for Melissa what can I say? She has been a Super Star for our community! The Arts Council has established itself as a Gold Star community asset. Melissa gets much of the credit. Her leadership was excellent in finding the funding for the beautiful building at 815 Commercial. Volunteers did a lot to see that project through, but Melissa was a rock. The Arts Council gets stronger each year and programming has expanded. It is an asset Emporia will enjoy for a long time. Replacing Melissa will be a difficult task.
Brent contributes to our community in many ways with his Board of Education leadership being the most obvious. I’m sure Hopkins hates seeing him go. This is truly a double barreled loss for E – Town.
One of my grand sons was asked about having his birthday party at the Arts Council. His response was that he “loved having his party at the Arts Castle!”
His slip was a child’s misunderstanding but to suggest the Emporia Art’s Center at 815 Commercial is anything but a “Castle” would be inaccurate! Thanks Melissa.
I’m Steve Sauder
It Can Wait refers to texting while driving.
The project includes a Pledge to not text while driving. Over 7 million pledges have been recorded.
AT & T also offers an App for your phone called AT&T Drive Mode. It lets friends and family know you are driving and can’t text or receive a text.
So, why you ask is this so important?
We don’t know exactly how many people died from a texting accident, but we do know 23% of auto accidents involve the use of a cell phone!
75% of teenagers admit to using their phones while driving and the adult number is not far behind.
4 in 10 people admit to doing social media
– Twitter, Face book etc. while driving.
Texting makes you 23 times more likely to have a wreck!
Simply dialing while driving increases your chance of a problem by 2.8 times; talking ups your number to 1.3 times more likely; and just reaching for your cell phone makes an accident 1.4 times more likely.
Texting reduces a driver’s reaction time to equal that of a person that had consumed 4 beers.
If you could create and send a text message in 5 seconds – most of us can’t even find the person to send one to in that time – anyway, in that 5 seconds at 55 miles per hour your car travels over the length of a football field and you – the driver are essentially blindfolded!
What can we do?
First – limit our cell phone usage by the driver in the car with absolutely no texting..
The AT&T App – Drive Mode is a good step. A better step is putting your cell phone somewhere in the car where you cannot reach it.
If you are like me you know there have been too many times when just talking on my hands free cell in my car has distracted my driving. So, please think seriously about your own habits and those of your loved ones.
It’s pretty amazing what a word of caution from mom, dad, grand ma or Papa, a brother or sister or a friend can have.
IT CAN WAIT really should be more than just a slogan!
I’m Steve Sauder.
Dear Governor Brownback,
Steve Sauder again assuming you know what they say about chickens?
They always come home to roost!
You will soon have consequences to deal with you won’t be able to explain away like you do when you push Kansas poor people around, cut out programs for the mentally ill, take benefits from the elderly, discriminate against alternative life styles and cut programs for Kansas children.
There is a common thread running through the groups mentioned above – most of them – especially the poor and children – have very limited or no way to argue with you.
You are the best we have ever seen at deflecting, redirecting and misinforming people on topics on which you don’t have good answers.
But, Mr. Governor, Kansas teachers could be your chickens coming home to roost!. No doubt you have pushed them around and disrespected them, but Kansas teachers may just get the last laugh.
Here’s my case: From Monday’s Gazette, Richard John Schrock and Kansas Board of Education’s 2014-2015 Licensed Personnel Report – it says last year 654 teachers left Kansas to teach in another state. That number is up from 331 in 2010 & 11. Plus teachers leaving the profession, but not retiring rose from 416 to 740 in the same time frame.
It’s pretty obvious the teachers haven’t been much of a foe for you. You change the rules when you don’t like them and bully teachers using your all powerful, but not very creative legislature and you even took away their bargaining rights, but you cannot force them to teach. Teachers are moving out of Kansas and quitting at a record pace! This is growing crisis.
Who will you blame Mr. Governor when Kansas doesn’t have enough teachers to fill its classrooms?
That day is coming and you will be hard pressed to blame anyone but yourself.