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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.

December 23, 2015

Christmas 2015

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see the lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy
Pray to the blessed Child,
Where misery cries out to thee,
Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching
And faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks,
And Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

December 16, 2015

In the Gospel of Luke you find the parable of the Good Samaritan. A parable told by Jesus. A traveller (who may or may not have been a Jew) is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the "neighbour", whom Leviticus says should be loved.

          The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, satire, poetry, and film. The phrase "good Samaritan", meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.

          A Post on Facebook inspired me to look up the “Good Samaritan” because there seems to be a connection we might learn from in today’s world. Wikipedia was helpful.

          It makes sense to me that Christians today might be called upon to consider our Muslin brothers as the “neighbour” whom Leviticus said should be loved. Today more than ever we need “Good Samaritans” to step up and defend or simply lend a hand to a brother in need.

          Lord, please give us direction as we navigate our confused world and help us all be “Good Samaritans” to our neighbours in need. Amen.

          I’m Steve Sauder

December 9, 2015

          Donald Trump said it’s time to “Shut down the influx of Muslims coming into the United States.”

          I have a better idea – maybe it’s time to shut down Donald Trump!

          I won’t resort to name calling because that’s what Trump does, but this guy takes the cake. How his candidacy keeps moving forward and maintaining its support is a mystery to me.

          Donald Trump has insulted everyone from the President of the United States to about every foreign leader in power. He’s disrespected Hispanics, veterans, congressmen and senators, not to mention women, handicapped people and the media.

          If you disagree with Donald Trump he calls you a name and says you are incompetent.

          Monday he may have gone too far when he suggested the U.S. shut off our country to Muslims.

          This wacky idea is illegal and violates more than one article of our constitution not to mention it would be impossible to do.

          With this idea Trump has taken on a religion that has a reported 1.5 billion followers many who live in the United States and are law abiding citizens. Who will be next for Trump? Catholics, Jews or maybe Methodists?

The man is out of control yet he has supporters.

I may have an idea to slow him down. The media could if it had the fortitude of Joe Scarborough the former member of congress that now hosts the “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

Yesterday Trump was a live guest on the “Morning Joe,” but he would not shut up to allow for questions. Scarborough told Trump either you shut up and allow me ask a question or we are going to a break. Trump kept talking so Scarborough took a break. When the show came back live Trump was quiet and answered questions.

Maybe the media should do the same thing when Trump insults them. Just get up and walk out. CNN ought to uninvite him to their debate on the 15th. If the media made a pact and quit covering Trump he might be forced to behave. You think?

American politics have taken on a new twist and I for one don’t like it or him for that matter!

I’m Steve Sauder

December 2, 2015

           I attended an interesting meeting this week at EmporiaState as the Student Government at the University starts the process to make the ESU campus Tobacco-Free.

          Tobacco-Free would be a big step up from the current policy that prohibits smoking “in all University facilities, enclosed areas, public places including but not limited to stadiums and recreational areas, public meetings, places of employment, and access points of all buildings and facilities not exempted by law. Smoking is prohibited by the University within 30 feet of all buildings and facilities.”

          Ft.Hays and PittsburgState have already implemented such a policy with good results. All other Board of Regent’s universities are reportedly considering this change.

          As a starter ASG (ESU’s Student government) circulated a survey about a possible change to Tobacco-Free for EmporiaState. Thirteen hundred surveys were returned with 70% indicating they favor such a change.

          Kansas has been smoke free since July of 2010 with good results. Recent reports indicate fewer smokers in the state and decreases in heart attacks and other smoking related illnesses.

          A Tobacco-Free Campus would prohibit smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco anywhere on the property. E-Cigarettes would likely be banned as well.

          The greatest push back when Ft.Hays and PittState implemented their Tobacco-Free plans came from faculty and staff.

          The silver lining for those people might be resports of such restriction often being a catalyst to help people quit smoking. Along that line there was discussion of help to quit smoking programs along with implementation of this idea at Emporia State.

          The students of ESU are commended for being pro-active in making their environment safer and healthier.

          Let the debate begin.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

November 25, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving week and I was intrigued by a story on Face Book about 7 year old Jack Swanson from Pflugerville, Texas who reacted to the vandalism of the local Islamic Center by gathering up his savings – twenty dollars he’d been saving towards an I-Pad – and gave it to the mosque.

Jack isn’t a Muslim just a kid who saw injustice and felt a need to help.

An official from the mosque reacted saying, “Jack’s 20 dollars are worth twenty-million dollars to us because it’s the thought that counts. This gives me hope… it’s not one versus the other. Our kids are going to grow up together… if we have more kind hearted kids like Jack in the world, I have hope for our future.”

The mosque reportedly gave Jack a gift for his act of kindness – a brand new Apple I-Pad!

Hope you agree this is a neat story especially in these times of tremendous stress and distrust of our fellow man.

Our world is torn with the threats of terrorism. Our lives have been forever changed. Trust in our world is in short supply. We all have to wonder what’s next. Travel plans are now often based on safety. We have to wonder where is this going and how will it end?

Thanksgiving will be a welcome time. A time to reflect and say thanks for all we have, but also a time to ask for guidance.

As Americans we have so much about which to be thankful, yet attacks like the event is Paris make us unsure of the future.

Maybe we should take the lead from Jack Swanson? Dedicate ourselves to acts of kindness. We all know we don’t need more hate on our world, so why not look for places to be good to our fellow man? Who knows it might start to add up!

Have a great Thanksgiving, I’m Steve Sauder.

November 4, 2015

It’s back to the future today. Fast forward 20 years. It’s 2035 and for the first time since 2015 the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series.

My great grand son, Tate, Jr., is asks “Papa Steve, can you remember the last time the Royals were in the World Series?”

          I’m 89, but I tell Tater a great deal about the 2015 Post Season for the Royal’s. It’s still as clear as a bell!

          First, is how we scored the tying run in the ninth inning of the fifth game in New York. Eric Hosmer our first baseman is on third with one out. Our catcher, Salvador Perez chops one to the right of third. Hosmer waits for the throw to first then breaks for the plate and should have been out, but the throw is wide and he scores. We win the game and the Series in the 12th inning. Gutsiest play ever!

          A close second was Alex Gordon’s clutch home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score in game one. The Mets reliever Jeurys Familla was supposedly untouchable.

          Facing elimination in game four against Houston in the Division Series the Royals score five runs in the eighth inning to erase a 4 run deficit. This was one of seven come from behind victories by the Royals in the 2015 post season!

          Against the Blue Jays in game six of the American League Championship Series closer Wade Davis found himself facing no outs with runners on second and third and a one run lead. This after he had recorded the final out in the eighth and then sat through 57 minutes between pitches due to a rain delay. Two K’s later and a ground out the Royal’s were in the World Series! Incredible!

          The winning run for Davis came in the bottom of the eighth when Lorenzo Cain amazingly scored on a single to right. Another example of daring and exciting base running that highlighted the 2015 Royal’s!

          Those were just 5 highlights. There must have been a dozen including amazing pitching displays and a utility player getting the game winning hit in his only at bat in the Series! Every member of the Royal’s had a highlight during the five game event. The 2015 Royal’s were the absolute definition of a team.

          And last Tate, I can remember the celebration in Kansas City following the Series. Well over 500,000 fans packed downtown K C and heard the team say Kansas City had always possessed the best fans, that it was also the best city and NOW had the best baseball team in the world. It all seems like yesterday!

          The 2015 Kansas City Royal’s were indeed magic.