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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.

July 1, 2015

These little talks are aptly titled “Something to think about…….”

Today we truly have “something to think about” with the thorny issue of “Same – Sex Marriage” being defined by the highest court in our land. The reaction has been predictable – a big split!

For one side it is recognition of their rights and the ability to enter into a contract that has wide ranging implications.

On the other as evidenced by the thoughtful words of two ministers on the front page of Monday’s Gazette these actions represent nothing less than sin.

One pastor said “I really pray for them; my church prays for them. It’s not any different from any other sin,”

It’s hard not to conclude is he is judging these people and their actions.

Yet, when I open my Bible it says “Do not judge others…….”

Equally confusing for me is the popular question “What would Jesus do?”

Jesus dealings with sinners were often different than we might have thought.

In Jude it says about sinners “And on some have compassion, making a distinction….”

This is a topic about which I will not offer an opinion choosing to not judge anyone.

I believe God is love and God loves all people. Where that leaves this discussion is truly “Something to Think About!

I’m Steve Sauder.  

June 24, 2015

Bruce Jenner suffers from dyslexia. That had a lot to do with him enrolling at tiny Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa in 1968. You see despite Jenner’s athletic prowess his academic issues kept him out all colleges in his native Connecticut. He came to Graceland as part of an effort to recruit east coast kids by the school.

Anyone think Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner could have been a Presby?

          He came to the Iowa school to play football. His scholarship was $250.00!

          Unfortunately Jenner blew out a knee and after a year of rehab thought his career was over, but legendary

track coach L.D. Weldon introduced him to track and more importantly the decathlon. His work ethic was exceptional and he won the multi-event at the KU Relays in 1971. He made the U. S. Olympic team in 1972 finishing 10th in Munich, but came back four years later and became the “World’s Greatest Athlete” winning the decathlon in Montreal.

          Jenner was married for 23 years to Kris (Kardashian) Jenner; the couple and their children appeared in 2007 on the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Following their divorce in 2015, Jenner came out as a “trans-woman” and, in June of this year changed her name to Caitlyn.

          As you can imagine this was big news at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa where the Bruce Jenner Athletic Complex remains today.

          Interestingly Jenner has not been a big donor at Gaceland despite the fact the school helped him find his athletic identity.

          Several of his former coaches said in a recent story in the Kansas City Star they would fight any attempts to have Jenner’s name removed from the complex. They also said they would oppose an attempt to change the name to Caitlyn Jenner Athletic Complex.

          One of the old coaches said he’s uncertain how he would address Jenner should they meet again. He said “I’m hoping Bruce is Bruce and Caitlyn is Bruce.” He wondered would she say “Hey Duke” and give him a hug or just not know him?

          The Graceland College connection is interesting and suggests Jenner was once a pretty common student. Today she is the ccnter of a lot of attention. Attention she may or may not desire, but if there is another reality show based on Jenner’s life – well, I’ll have my answer!.

          As for the upcoming ESPY’s giving Jenner the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage – I am not one to think this makes sense. Like many others my opinion is there are many people more deserving this award than Caitlyn Jenner.

          There’s something to think about an d I’m Steve Sauder.

June 17, 2015


Life is short and our health is precious. Aging is something we all face and the ways it unfolds are endless in description.

For Bobbi and me the past year has been one of challenges – some we were aware of and unfortunately some we learned about on the fly.

The good news is we think we see a light at the end of a tunnel. 

We’ve had awesome doctors offering medical advice, talented and dedicated physical therapy professionals, good drugs and effort on our part working together to find answers.

In addition to my ongoing battles with A-Fib and a bulky back, I found time to endure a vitreous hemorrhage resulting in laser surgery and finally a vitrectomy to remove the excess blood from my eye. 

Today my vision has been restored, my heart is beating quietly again and my back has settled down thanks to some excellent care. 

Bobbi had her right knee replaced on Monday and the results are already very positive. She’s uncomfortable from the procedure, but can already tell the source of much of her pain has been taken away. 

Like I said before our optimism is high. We appreciate the help we have received from our friends in the form of prayer.

Miracles?  Well maybe not, but not many days ago we doubted the future, but today life looks a lot better. God is good! Praise the Lord!

I’m Steve Sauder


June 10, 2015

In these days of news most of us aren’t all that pleased to hear – i.e., stories from the circus in our state capital often disparaging our public schools – it is my pleasure to mention some really encouraging news coming from right from here in Emporia that indicates one school district is trying to be efficient.

          Last week USD 253’s Superintendent, Theresa Davidson announced changes within the district concerning the Turning Point Academy.

          Turning Point is a school designed for youngsters needing a non-traditional educational experience. The project has been successful, but with funds always restricted the district has not been able to give Turning Point its own home.

          The new plan has kindergarten through eighth grade of Turning Point moving into the WilliamAllen WhiteElementary School building. The older youngsters will move to EmporiaHigh School creating two so-called “school with-in a school” situations.

Principal Dathan Fisher from W.A. White moves to EHS to fill a vacancy; Tell Kirk, Turning Point’s current principal moves to W.A. White where he will become principal for both the elementary school and Turning Point’s K thru 8.

Acknowledging the schools involved may experience unknown consequences there appears to be a number of positive outcomes from these moves.

          Like: One less administrator in USD 253, permanent homes for TurningPointAcademy students, a significant cost savings by closing the Kansas Avenue building while maintaining the option for students to choose an alternative style education.

          Nice job USD 253!

And we also note with optimism the work of surrounding school districts as they struggle with decisions on space and efficiency. We appreciate the efforts of school officials to be good stewards of the public’s money.

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

May 27, 2015

          One definition of paradox is: “A person or thing that seems to possess contradictory qualities.”

          Can you say the Clintons as in President Bill and former First Lady Hillary?

          So many qualities in both these public figures, but also contradictions!

          Michael Gerson in his column in the Cap Journal on Tuesday said it well in his title: “Clinton stands, standards fall……….”

          The New York Times once wrote this about President Bill: “he gambled the moral, political and historic reputation of the presidency – “

          Gerson says, “But Clinton saved himself through a display of brazen combative defiance against his accusers and the media. There must be some ancient Greek word for this tragically impressive human attribute. It might be translated “shameless fortitude,” or maybe “sleazy grit.”

          The columnist concluded about our former president: “In the end Clinton stood; and standards fell.”

          With that as a backdrop we turn our attention to Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S.Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and now announced candidate for President.

          About candidate Clinton, Michael Gerson wrote: “This attribute of backbone in a dubious cause – in a very different moral context – has been on full display in Hillary Clinton’s presidential launch.”

          There are many questions for Mrs. Clinton, but so far she’s managed these well enough to remain unchallenged for her party’s nomination.

          Some democrats wonder if she can win in a general election suggesting Mrs. Clinton might be “plausible as a president but mediocre as a candidate.”

She first tried the silent treatment, but has recently started to open up; Gerson suggests “Her silence has often been an improvement over her availability.”

          Hillary’s performance thus far are raising doubts about her “honesty, trustworthiness and transparency.”

          Yet, I see her as Gerson does, “tough, disciplined and knowledgeable.”

My paradox is Hillary Clinton may the best prepared person available to lead our country.

          “If Clinton stands; standards fall.”

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

May 20, 2015

Can’t think of anything that would make me happier than having something positive to say about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, but unfortunately his failure as a leader continues.

Two weeks ago I ask you to respond concerning Brownback’s leadership in Kansas. The results were 531 to 85 saying our governor was NOT an effective leader.

Last week I shared with you my letter to the Governor telling him about the results of the poll on KVOE. The letter and a CD with personal comments from 55 listeners were delivered to the Governor’s office. The Post Office confirmed delivery at 8:38 A.M. on May 13th.

As of Tuesday we have not received any response from the governor or his office. This is disappointing, but not surprising.

And, earlier this week Brownback’s problems increased slightly when it was disclosed he uses a personal e-mail.

The Governor tried to minimize this issue by saying “Most of the time I call people or I just go over to their office.”

Nice try Mr. Governor, but that doesn’t wash. Most of the time doesn’t count – it’s those few times when private stuff is done we need to know about. Open Meetings Laws would seem to have been violated even if there is minimal usage.

This won’t be a big deal for Brownback because he won’t be running for office again – at least in Kansas, but it is another example of his willingness to govern behind closed doors.

We all need to be worrying about “behind closed door deals” as the answer to the current revenue mess in Kansas is sought. You can bet the final plan will come from a private meeting including the governor sprung on us at the eleventh hour.

Speaking of the revenue mess and Topeka it seemed curious to me that in a KVOE interview on Monday Representative Peggy Mast used “they” to describe people making decisions in Topeka. Why not “we”? Representative Mast ran on a platform touting her leadership position in Topeka, so my expectations are she take responsibility for what’s going on, not suggest “they” are not finding a solution.

Finally, if a revenue solution can be found that doesn’t cut into Emporia State’s budget the search for a new president will be made much easier.

There are a couple of things to think about.

I’m Steve Sauder