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.

February 17, 2016


Kent Weiser – February 17, 2016

As you might expect, today’s topic revolves around intercollegiate athletics.  It is not about wins or losses, scheduling games, or officiating.  It is about a topic that that has drawn attention at college campuses around the country.  It is not about political correctness, but rather, it is about the role athletics plays in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

By its nature, athletics has advantages as we address diversity, and at almost all levels, sports are ahead of society when it comes to equity.  Historically, racial barriers are broken in athletics before other areas.  Athletics in its best form is the most level playing field there is…where people are judged and valued by their abilities, and by the content of their character.

Emporia State student-athletes, and those on any organized team, come together with the hope of reaching a common goal.  They must trust each other, treat each other with respect, and depend on each other, regardless of their teammate’s ethnicity or background.  When athletes focus on a common goal, individual differences become much less important.  Every day, I see that dependability, trust, mutual respect, and dedication are found in people of all races and cultures.

Athletics though, does face their own generalizations and stereotypes.  We hear of individual instances that perpetuate the stereotype of student-athletes being dumb jocks, that they are arrogant, and don’t care about education.  So how do we make people realize that these are generalizations, and do not apply to the majority of student-athletes? 

At ESU, we have chosen to address these pre-conceived stereotypes by being involved in various community service projects.  Not to specifically alleviate the stereotypes of student-athletes, but to simply help people and causes that are in need.  When we do that, people get to know student-athletes for who they are as individuals, not by the group they belong to.  Stereotypes are slowly broken down, and pre-conceived generalizations fade away.

Emporia State student-athletes take the opportunity to help those in need in our community in a variety of ways.   From reading to elementary school students, helping senior citizens, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, collecting food for our local food banks, and building dog houses for our four-legged friends at the Humane Society, just to name a few.

I would like to see other groups and individuals in Emporia, and in the world for that matter, take this same approach….to lend a hand to someone else and get to know them, and they get to know you.  Imagine if our international students helped with Walk for Hunger to fill our food banks.   If the student Christian organizations helped our Islamic students observe Ramadan, and celebrate Eid.  If our black student union helped the Hispanic community celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  If our Muslim students helped our senior citizens with Christmas events.  If our fraternities and sororities helped African American students recognize Black History month.  The possibilities exist everywhere…not to forward any one group’s agenda, but to help others reach their goals.  If you first seek to understand, you will be understood.

For this to work as it has for ESU Athletics, groups and individuals must have the courage to get out of their comfort zone, and be the first to extend their hand in friendship and support.  How about that someone be you.

I’m Kent Weiser, and that’s something to think about.

February 10, 2016

Something to think about! - Shirley Antes - Director of Emporia Community Foundation

I’ve got something for you to think about – “Keep 5 in Kansas”!

That’s right – “Keep 5 in Kansas”!

It’s a campaign.  It’s an opportunity.  It’s a way of leaving a legacy.  It’s all of these things AND it’s something to think about.

Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to ensure our cities, towns and counties remain great places to live for future generations.  The “Keep 5 in Kansas” campaign highlights the unprecedented transfer of wealth that will occur in the next 40 years as estates change hands from the Greatest Generation to the Baby Boomers, and then to their children and grandchildren.  In Kansas, this transfer of wealth is estimated to be $79 billion by 2020.  By 2064 it will increase to nearly $600 billion!  For Lyon County alone this transfer of wealth equals $845 million by 2020 and by 2064 $6.5 billion.

So, how can we keep a portion of the transfer of wealth in Kansas and more importantly in our own communities?  The “Keep 5 in Kansas” campaign asks every Kansan to consider designating a portion of their estate wealth – even 5% -- by setting up an endowment through their local community foundation. By doing this, we could provide a permanent source of funding for local organizations and charitable causes that will greatly improve the lives of future generations.

So, think about what matters to you. What are the causes you care about? What would you do to make sure the things that matter to you today have a secure future, long after you’re gone?  How can you help ensure that future generations will benefit from the wonderful resources we have in our community?  There are many options for establishing an endowment and with a little planning, we can all make a difference for our communities, our families, our friends and our neighbors, forever.

Now that’s -- Something to think about!

For more information, visit the “Keep 5 in Kansas” website at keepfiveinkansas.com or call the Emporia Community Foundation at 342-9304.

February 3, 2016

As I prepare for my maiden voyage as author of “Something to Think About,” I reflect on the weekend I just experienced here in our hometown of Emporia, KS.  Friday night, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated and honored many great leaders throughout the community.  These individuals pour their hearts and souls into our community to make it a quality place to live and work.

With many deserving people and businesses, the recognition shared Friday night was nothing short of inspiring.  These are the folks that make Emporia one of a kind.  I would like to personally thank the following leaders who make a difference right here in Emporia; Steve Brosemer of EASCAR as Committee of the year, the great people of ValuNet as Business of the Year, George and Gail Milton who received the Tourism Award, Carolyn Risley as Volunteer of the year, and Mr. John Mallon who earned the Lifetime Achievement Award. I tip my hat to Rich Avery for a job well done in 2015 as Chair of the board and I have all the confidence in the world in Pete Euler who will lead our Chamber to many successes in 2016. 

As I reflect on this evening, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have so many  different personalities working together to make this a special place where quality of life is far from lost.  It was only a few weeks ago, action was taken by the City Commission and County Commission to support Emporia State University and the kids of our community through scholarships.  This action speaks volumes to the environment our elected leaders strive to create.  With the many uncertainties in life, it is difficult to put into words the value of being surrounded by friends and neighbors.

I can say without reservation that Emporia is a great place to follow your dreams, a great place to raise a family, and a great place to call home!

I’m Shane Shivley and that is something to think about.

January 27, 2016

I'm Larry Putnam.  Flip flopping is something to think about while Steve Sauder is on vacation.

To me, Hilary Clinton is not likable.  That smugness causes me to view issues opposite of her on just about every issue.  Sometimes, I forget how I feel on the topic.

But after she was accused of flip flopping again, I found myself siding with her on this point.  One should be able to change their mind after they learn or new facts emerge.  Smart people adjust.

We all change our minds.  At one time, I thought Ned Yost was an idiot.  I changed my mind.  I thought he should have been manager of the year after our World Championship.  The facts didn't change, but I learned. 

Obama care is not working.  Health Insurance companies are bailing; doctors want out; middle class people in good health are paying an enormous tax in the form of larger and larger premiums.  My health insurance premium has jumped 63% in 2 ½ years.  This system is going to cave.  Our president should flip flop and look for alternatives.

The Kansas tax system is not working.  We tried the Governor's idea and it isn't working.  Our Governor should flip flop and reinstitute income taxes for all income earners.

The KU athletic director sold out the rural fans so that they could not watch 7 basketball games.  He should flip flop (like he did on Charley Weis) and reinstate those 7 games for next year.

As Hilary has taught us, you don't have to admit you made a mistake, just say the facts changed and go a different direction.  Get it right.  Flip flopping could become a positive trait.

January 20, 2016

“Our Community and Emporia State University”

Something to Think About


Often the institutions of higher education and the town see themselves connected only through geography and economic dependency.  Rarely, if ever, do the university and the community acknowledge, let alone embrace, the partnerships necessary to carry out the educational mission of the institution. In my opinion, Lyon County and the City of Emporia are unique! We are all working side-by-side building a University and Community in Motion . . .”

It is often said that “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” We are fortunate to be the home of many outstanding institutions and organizations that contribute high quality partnerships with Emporia State. 

Informal partnerships also enhance both Emporia State and the community and are one of our greatest assets.  These connections provide learning opportunities for our students.  Numerous businesses and not-for-profit organizations provide a significant number of internships for a variety of majors.  These internships help students gain the professional experience necessary to achieve gainful employment, while employers gain valuable exposure to current and best practices.

Students at Emporia State, in each of the last two years, have contributed more than 24,000 hours of community service. The value of this activity comes not only in the services provided to the community, but also the pride the students have in giving of their time to their community.

Quality of life in Lyon County and Emporia is enhanced by the community’s participation and attendance at the many events the University offers each year. From athletic events to theatre productions, art exhibits and lectures, there is always something appealing to all interests. The support from the community in attending these events is not only an investment of their time, but also an opportunity for our students to hone and share their skills and talents.

Much of a student’s college experience includes learning opportunities to develop life skills. Community members in a teaching role, provide learning opportunities that add to the value of students’ college education. Students gain real-life experience by signing contracts with landlords, establishing basic services, buying groceries, joining church congregations, or even applying for jobs.  The time and energy we take to help our students learn as well as the support and challenging our students to accept their responsibilities is greatly appreciated.

The strength of Emporia State University is two-fold: the dynamic faculty, staff, students and alumni and equally important, the partnerships with the community and the role these partnerships play in our student’s futures. In these challenging times we must remember our collaborations and better yet, we must find ways to celebrate our connections.

We look forward to continuing our high level of engagement with the community, partnering with a focus on the education and lifestyle of our students and of our community members. Lyon County, the City of Emporia and the University share a long and fruitful legacy. Now is the time to take pride in our community and our university and celebrate the collective vision of changing lives for the common good.

I’m Jim Williams and That’s Something to Think About……

January 13, 2016

Good morning.Today I would like to tell you about a gentleman that I met many years ago. I would like to share some of the stories that he told about how he grew up and raised a family on a farm in S.E Kansas. His first name was Fred. Fred was born April 26 1922 and was the oldest son and second oldest in a family 9 children. He was born ½ mile south of South Mound Kansas, assisted in birth by a doctor who came in a buggy powered by a horse. Total cost of the birth including everything was $20. He was born during the depression and any luxuries were often nonexistent. Life started off rough. At the age of 2 he caught the measles and had a measles spot on one of his eyes which left him blind in that eye. During his school years he had to take off many times to assist with keeping the farm going.  He met his wife Marjorie at a box supper. This was a school event where the young single ladies would bring a box lunch and the young single men bid on this lunch. The winner of the bid would share the meal with that young lady.  He later scraped enough money together to purchase a farm. On that farm he milked cows, raised hogs and farmed. He and his wife had three children at that time. Life was a challenge in those early years. Shortly after purchasing the farm he broke his leg in a fall. Without the help of the nearby neighbors he wasn’t sure how he would have survived. They later had two additional children. Most of the food that the family consumed was raised on that farm. Clothing was often made at home and handed down from one child to the other. Any outings Fred and Marjorie took, those five children would always be with them.   Later he acquired several more farms and both are still living at that location. Through his years of farming he earned about every agriculture and soil conservation award that were. They will be celebrating their 70 wedding anniversary this year. By the way I forgot to mention that gentleman is my father.   I’m Danny Giefer and that’s something to think about.