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.

March 9, 2016

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February 24, 2016

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……