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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.

Wednesday - 03/25/15

(Mailed to Governor Brownback on Monday)

Governor Brownback, just wondering what you thought when your picture went up Sunday at KU/WSU game in Omaha and the crowd booed?

You are good at imagining - like not knowing your tax plan is running Kansas into the poorhouse.

So how do you explain that spontaneous response in Omaha?

I’m sure your handlers had a great answer for you.

Is it possible you are really unpopular and your leadership is a failing?

KU and WichitaState laid it on the line Sunday and the best team prevailed. When it was over there were no excuses, no stories, just honest rhetoric about what worked and what failed.

Too bad you aren't willing to man up like the Shockers and Jayhawks and tell the truth !

Suck it up Governor your leadership is ruining a great state and you can’t even see it!

I’m Steve Sauder

Steve Sauder

President Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc.

1420 C of E Drive

Emporia, KS66801

March 18, 2015

 

How about a little trivia to start us out today? 

Can you tell me the significance of the following numbers?

19, 17 of 19, 12 of 17, 6 of 12, 6, 3 and 1 of 5? 

If you guessed they have something to do with Lady Hornet Basketball you would be correct.

No apologies for talking sports today because the success and tradition of Lady Hornet Basketball transcends any criticism you might make.

Nineteen is how many years ago Cindy Stein became the ESU coach and started the modern era of Lady Hornet basketball!

Now before some of you old times get upset we had Lady Hornet Basketball prior to Cindy and it was successful, but Stein raised the bar and got us all involved and the rest is as they say….history.

Those other numbers?

17 of 19 represents the number of times the Lady Hornets have made the NCAA tournament field.

12 of 17 is the incredible number of times our ladies have played in the Regional Championship game!

6 of 12 is the number of times the Lady Hornets have won the Sweet Sixteen game and advanced to the Elite 8.

Six is the number of times our ladies have eliminated the host and number 1 ranked team on their home court in the Regional Tournament!

Three represents the coaches: Stein 3 years, Brandon Schneider 11 years; and Jory Collins completing his fifth year.

And finally 1 of 5 is the number of times the Lady Hornets have won a National Championship – 2010 in St. JoeMissouri.

Those numbers are incredible?

It has been fun reading Posts on social media from Lady Hornets congratulating Jory, his staff and the players.

Emily Bloss Carpenter, a former all everything Lady Hornet remembered when Jory started as a scrimmage player for the Lady Hornets 15 years ago! 

Jory’s rise to the top job has been documented many times and his story is far from complete. I’m thinking it may be difficult to keep him in Emporia.

The Lady Hornet tradition is bigger than life and getting better. 

        It is indeed a great day to be a Hornet!

        Stingers Up!

        I’m Steve Sauder.

March 11, 2015

Monday’s Gazette editorial came from the Salina Journal with the title of: Bleed, Kansas, bleed.

It drew a reference back to the “Bleeding Kansas” days when Kansas became as famous as any state could be in those times because the battle to decide if Kansas would support slavery was raging. Those battles often ended with bloody results and many lives lost. 

Our current political mess in Kansas is also bringing a lot of publicity to Kansas and much like the 1800’s most of the attention is not positive. While lives may not have actually been lost due to the current leadership in our state – lives certainly are being changed by these questionable policies.

Governor Brownback leads a group that controls our state and has implemented tax policies that so far have been nothing but a disaster! The results have created massive shortfalls in revenue even to numbers that had already been adjusted downward!

Despite the obvious gap in funding our Governor pushes forward. Last week he appeared at a gathering in Missouri actually touting the success of his tax plans in Kansas. His answer to questions about the results which are hard to avoid was “we just need more time.”

Meanwhile public school, universities and other Regent institutions make plans to survive with less money and higher tuition (note Flint Hills Techical College’s recent tuition announcement). Farmers fear a major shift in property taxes and our excellent high way program continues to be raided to help make ends  meet for our governor’s pleasure.

Governor Brownback is using his power in many areas making changes that defy imagination. Human rights, moving election, the judiciary, selection of judges and currently the funding methods for public education. He has the power and is wielding it without caution.

Kansas is famous again and much like the 1800’s when the publicity wasn’t all that flattering Kansas is once again a national joke!

The part of this sad story that is so hard to accept is that we not only elected this guy, but we re-elected him despite knowing his tax plans were putting our state in the poorhouse.

How and when will this all end?

The editorial writer suggested the legislature needs to pay more attention to the budget deficit - suggesting “the cuts are just starting.”

And he ends his editorial with “Or, maybe Kansas just needs to bleed some more.”

Bleeding Kansas, same song second verse! Heaven help us.

I’m Steve Sauder.

March 4, 2015

Bobbi and I spent January and February in California. More accurately we were in the CoachellaValley which is a desert surrounded by mountain ranges. Los Angeles is about a hundred miles west with San Diego completing a triangle about 120 miles away.

          We picked this area because of an average temperature in the 70’s, 350 days a year of sunshine, 124 golf courses in the valley and the opportunity to leave cold weather behind.

          Our 8 week adventure taught us a lot. We better understand the meaning of “diversity and tolerance.” We know leasing real estate can be fraught with misunderstanding and half truths. We know more about living in a metropolitan area than we expected to – the valley is made up of nine communities and a population exceeding half a million people. Events adding a hundred thousand visitors happen often.

The local newspaper – which was excellent – said the CoachellaValley is home to some of the richest people on earth and also some of the poorest.

          The San Gorgonio Pass the north-west entrance to the valley is thought to be the second windiest place in the country and is home to nearly 3,000 wind turbines.

          This was a shocker for me thinking California would never allow this kind of sight pollution, but I’ve learned these giant windmills have been there for more than 30 years!

          Here are some of the events and things we found interesting during our California stay.

          The Palm Springs Film Festival was amazing. One hundred and thirty  movies were shown several times each over an eleven day run to packed houses. We saw two foreign films. We’ll see more next year.

          The church we attended was amazing.

          The traffic wasn’t bad, but fast. With most areas being gated with no front yard exposures 50/55 mile an hour speed limits were common – in town.

          Name dropping was everywhere. We’d go from I-10 onto Bob Hope Drive then turned on to Ginger Rodgers Drive to go home. Frank Sinatra and Gerald Ford were close by and the Eisenhower Medical facilities were everywhere. Every restaurant had pictures of famous people. I’ll talk about the eating establishments next week.

          There were events of all kinds. The Coachella Valley Music Festival, too many art festivals to count, six casinos in the valley all featuring name stars and shows. Pro golf, pro tennis, D-1 Softball, the NBA Outside Games, the Palm Springs Grand Prix, an 8,000 participant bike race, winter professional baseball league and did I mention 124 golf courses?

          It’s a big agriculture area with 95% of U.S. dates being grown in the valley plus many other fruits and veggies.

          But, with all that said – it is really nice to be home.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

February 25, 2015

February 18, 2015

Brent Windsor, Emporia Board of Education

Something to Think About, Wednesday February 18

I recently saw a quote by John F. Kennedy that would provide perfect guidance for our Governor and legislative leaders. It reads, “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” Seems quite simple doesn’t it? Not really. I would suggest that none of us are quick to admit our mistakes of the past; myself included. Yet given the current financial crisis our State is in, there is no better stance to take than to realize and admit the tax policy implemented in 2012 is no longer sustainable.

I have never witnessed a situation where our leaders refuse to see the impact of their previous decisions and continue to ignore the actions necessary to bring Kansas back to financial stability. Two weeks ago, the Governor announced that he would reduce K-12 and higher education budgets by $44.5 million. This goes directly against the promise he made during his re-election campaign that he would not reduce funding to education. During his State of the State address, the Governor even went so far as to blame education for the reason Kansas is in financial trouble. I find that hard to swallow when tax cuts implemented in 2012 have resulted in a $344 million dollar deficit projected for this year and an additional $600 million for FY ’16.

These decisions will hit Emporia in many ways. Our school district will certainly lose $269,000and if future payment delays are implemented, as projected, those losses will easily rise to $517,000 or more. ESU will see cuts of $632,000, our civic infrastructure will begin to degrade and Emporians depending on social assistance will find it harder to meet their needs.

I am extremely concerned with disinformation distributed by various interest groups, including the Governor’s office, as they publish messages that are misleading and include half-truths. Last week I heard the comment, “education isn’t getting cut, it’s just getting less of an increase over the previous year.” Well yes, I suppose that could be true. But the rest of the story is that total spending on education is at the lowest it has been since 1985 at only 4.48% of Kansan’s personal income. And now the Courts have ruled that Kansas is not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide a public education for every child in this State.

When will our governor and legislative body realize that our current tax policy is not sustainable? The realization is probably already there. I simply ask that the Governor, and the legislature, look at the results and understand that Kansas is not a State that can survive on a low-to-no income tax policy. What prevents our leadership from admitting that their experiment isn’t working and modifications need to be made? What would happen if mistakes were admitted and a path towards growth was implemented?

This legislative session has definitely started with a bang, full of controversy and misguided action that will only result in bad policy limiting the rights of our community and cutting budgets from education and state agencies that are already struggling. I encourage you to use your voice and follow in the footsteps of a great leader. “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

I’m Brent Windsor and that’s something to think about.