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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.

October 16, 2013

       One of our loyal listeners shared a story with me that deserves repeating. Please understand this is not a shot at any athletic team, but just about setting a good example for youngsters.

          Roosevelt, Utah is a town of 6100 near Salt Lake. After Friday night’s game the coach kept the entire squad in the locker room for an hour and a half.

          They weren’t talking about the loss. The coach was more concerned about the way his players were acting off the field: “Skipping classes. Not doing their homework. Bully classmates over the internet and; Disrespecting teachers.”

          “Turn in your jerseys, you are done playing for Union High until you start acting right,”said the coach.

          Each player left the meeting with a letter outlining the problems that needed to be fixed. The most important passage was this: “The lack of character we are showing off the field is outshining what we are achieving on the field.”

          On Monday and Tuesday instead of practicing the team pulled weeds, washed windows and did other jobs at two nursing homes. The coach started study halls for players behind in their classes. Every part of the young men’s lives were called into question including their behavior at home.

          Nearly everyone bought in and most benefitted. Player’s change in attitude was seen at home, at school, and in the community. On Thursday 32 of the 41 players were given their jerseys back. Some played in the JV game that day and all prepared for Homecoming on Friday night. The other nine still had work to do to get the jersey back.

          I’m sure there was resistance, but generally the actions of the coach were well received in the community. The article suggested some thought he was a hero, but others agreed he was just “Coach of the Year.”

          Raising youngsters has never been easy and with things like social media to deal with the job just gets tougher.

          Many times on KVOE I have shared an idea we used in raising our boys. Our rule when they were out was pretty simple. We required them always let us know where they were. Factor in that most of these years were prior to cell phones and you understand my boys had a challenge. We expected them to call us anytime their location changed.

          Not sure if that’s good advice for these times, but it worked pretty well in the eighties!

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

October 9, 2013

       Homecoming 2013 at Emporia State is this weekend. Not sure if there has been 150 Homecomings, but this is ESU’s 150th year, so this is a special celebration.

          If you listen here on KVOE, read the Gazette or go online to emporia.edu you can figure out all the Homecoming 2013 events.

          I’m not sure if there’s a parade on Saturday morning, but I do know Distinguished Alums will be honored and the Athletic Hall of Honor will induct five new folks plus honor a national runner up baseball team.

          Last night things kicked off with the Movie Magic Pop’s concert. The Homecoming Musical All Shook Up runs all week as well.

          A special feature will be at 5:30 on Saturday when The Green River Ordinance plays in Webb Lecture Hall until eight o’clock. Once known as The Invaders this band is in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and features a couple of former Emporians: Glen Andrews and Bob Yoos. Yes, one is a past Distinguished Alum and the other the son of Earl and Elizabeth Yoos who operated the Drapery Den for years.

          Guess it would be a mistake to forget football. The Hornets are 5-0, ranked 23rd nationally and really fun to watch. That game will kick off at 2:37 Saturday afternoon. MIAA TV is the reason for the odd time.

          Another very special event will be at 10:30 Saturday morning when the John Baxter Sports Medicine Facility will have a donor’s reception.

Talk about an icon! Doc Baxter has given ESU athletes and others great service for nearly 50 years and to honor him a new state of the art training facility has been built.

Emporia State is not only celebrating 150 years, but also an enrollment over 6 thousand students. A new positive attitude is very evident under President Michael Shonrock’s leadership.

            ESU is Emporia’s Crown Jewell and we all need to let students, faculty and staff know how much we appreciate them. Tell a Hornet today thanks for attending Emporia State.

            Stingers Up! I’m Steve Sauder

October 2, 2013

          “What we have here is a failure to communicate,” Cool Hand Luke once said and if he were in Washington today he’d probably be saying the exact same thing.

          The U. S. Government is shut down again. This is the eighteenth time this has happened. The first shutdown came in 1976 under President Gerald Ford and it was largely over funding for two departments – Labor and Heath, Education and Welfare. The Democratically controlled Congress eventually overrode Ford’s veto. It took 12 days.

          President Jimmy Carter was involved in 4 shut downs of the U.S. government. Issues included Medicaid, abortion and funding for public works and military projects.

          President Reagan is the “Shutdown King” having been involved in 7 such events. The issues ran accross the board with everything from MX missiles to abortion. Reading about the Reagan shutdowns one has to be impressed with how they were resolved.

          Here is an example: In 1987 the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. They opposed funding for the Nicaraguan Contras but desired the FCC to start reinforcing the “Fairness Doctrine.” The D’s yielded on Fairness Doctrine in exchange for non-lethal aid for the Contras.

          Do you see my point?

          They “yielded.” There was a compromise. Reagan worked with his political opponents in an amazing manner.

          President George H.W. Bush and Congress worked out a deal in 1990. President Bill Clinton and Congress twice agreed to compromises in order to end shutdowns!

          Amazingly President George W. Bush never had to deal with a shutdown.

          So what about today?

          For starters the fragmentation in the political parties, especially within the GOP, is greater than ever before. Leaders don’t have anywhere near the clout they did a few years ago. Pork Barrel deals and political money are not available to be spread around to help legislators change their minds.

          No doubt the Republicans holding Obamacare hostage will get much of the blame, but President Obama better watch out because eventually a floundering economy will land on his lap.

          Don’t look for much but rhetoric for a few weeks, but on October 24th bond payments will be due and the rubber will start to hit the road. Stay tuned.

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

September 25, 2013

        

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.

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