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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.

November 1, 2017

          Meet Nina as described in a TIME magazine article this week.

          Great friends, prosperous neighborhood and close relationship with her parents. Like most 16 year olds Nina spends lots of her time on her smartphone. Unlike many of her friends Nina has never been targeted or bullied on social media.

          Seems like a pretty solid situation and a seemingly happy young lady – NOT!

          Nina suffers from depression so severe she recently attempted to take her own life.  Her therapist called it “body-image insecurity.”

          Nina’s mom was caught completely off guard with her daughter’s problems calling her “funny, athletic, smart and personable.”

          What mom didn’t know was Nina was spending hours in her room stalking models on Instagram. She stayed up late and developed an eating disorder because of her concern for how she looked. She said later she “didn’t totally want to be gone, she just wanted help and didn’t know how else to get it.”

          There is total agreement that “smartphones are having a profound impact on the way adolescents today communicate and spend their free time.”

          Consider these numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

          Teenage depression has risen 60% between 2010 and 2016!

          Suicide-related thoughts are up 48% in kids using electronic devices more than 5 hours a day!

          One college professor said “The more we learn about kids and smartphones, the more we’re going to see limiting their exposure is a good idea.”

          Smartphones in hands of young kids absolutely have benefits, but we are also learning there are serious perils to be watched.

          TIME listed several ideas to consider:

1.     No smartphones in the bedroom.

2.     Utilize available Firewalls and Data cutoffs

3.     Create a contract between parents and kids for smartphone usage.

4.     Model healthy device behaviors! Kids do copy their parents.

5.     And finally – how about a flip phone for Junior?

Seems like a big old red flag to me. Smartphones are great, but hidden in their use can be major problems.

Look Out!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

October 25, 2017

Remember being at a ballgame where the guy yelled, “get your program so you can know the players!”

          That’s kind of the situation we have in Kansas with the governor’s race to be decided in November of 2018.

          Last week’s headline read: Eighteen and Counting!

          The filing deadline is June 1, for Republicans and Democrats and August 6, for all others.

          The fees?  $2,207 without five thousand signatures. $670 with the signatures and Independent candidates must get the signatures.

          So far there are 11 Republicans, six democrats and an Independent that have filled out requirements to raise money. There are also 4 high school students and NO women.

          Democrats in the race so far are: House Leader Jim Ward; former Ag Secretary Joshua Svaty; ex-Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; Dr. Arden Anderson: and salesman Robert Klingenberg.

          The R’s are: Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer; Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer; oil company owner Wink Hartman; former state representatives Mark Hutton and Ed O’Malley; former Emporian Dr. Jim Barnett;  and businessman and evangelist Patrick Kucera.

          Running as an Independent is Topeka minister Richard Kloos with Greg Orman expected to be an Independent candidate too.

          Holy Toledo ! How do you tell the wolves from the sheep?

          Dr. Barnett has been working hard and has put out some interesting ideas to think about. Like:

          He told me he plans to be a One Term Governor thinking leading Kansas as it tries to get it’s financial act together over the next four years will not be compatible winning re-election. That’s refreshing!

          In Abilene last week Dr. Jim said something Republican candidates rarely say responding to a question about the role of government.

          He said, “It puts me out on a limb because typical Republican mantra on how to solve our problems is to cut government and cut taxes, and that is not going to work. Any gubernatorial candidate who will tell they will cut taxes to get out of this mess we are in is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.”

          Risky, but refreshing because given the mess Kansas is in – new Education funding starting around $600 million plus highway funds that have been borrowed, KPERS loans to repay etc., etc., etc………. taxes are going to rise and being truthful about this has my attention.

          How about yours?

          I’m Steve Sauder

October 18, 2017

                                                10-18-17

          Monday it had been 12 days since 4 American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger and the media obviously hoping to catch President Trump in a misdeed ask him if he had reached out yet to the families?

          President Trump responded that he had penned personal letters to the families over the weekend and they would be mailed that night or soon. He also said he would be calling the families.

          Seems to me the discussion should have ended there, but the President decided to elaborate a little bit and suggested that previous presidents specifically President Obama had not always reached out to families.

          When pushed for details because he was caught in a mistruth he backtracked and used his famous "he didn't know, but he'd been told" President Obama did not reach out.

          When do these types of encounters for Donald Trump end?

          Let me ask you a question. Have you ever heard President Donald Trump say any of these statements?

          1. I don't know.

          2. I was wrong; or

          3. I am sorry.

          Seriously, all mortals are faced with situations where we must admit - we don't know the answer; that we were wrong; or that we are sorry.

          How is it that our President is totally immune to having to say any of those things? Not once can I recall him saying any of these.

          Obviously Trump supporters like his brash and bold style, but even his most ardent supporter must tire of his constant inability to be truthful and his awful habit of always going on attack when challenged.

         

          Four dead soldiers was a question he should have been prepared for, but obviously was not. Trump's Press Secretary had a good explanation he could have used and shut the whole deal down.

          She said any delay in reaching out was based on getting accurate information as to exactly what happened in Niger.  But, President Trump couldn't just say that. He had to go attack dog and impugn his predecessors and make a mountain out of a mole hill.

          Donald Trump is his own worst enemy and becoming a serious embarrassment for our country.

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

October 11, 2017

          Saturday my brother Mike was here for the 1967 Emporia High School Class Reunion so he attended the ESU game with us. At halftime our Congressman Roger Marshall was there and I introduced Mike.

          Later Mike asks me if that’s the same person I had asked a while back how often he talked with Democrats in his position in Congress.

          His answer then was – “not that often.”

          Obviously the point of my question  - how often do you talk with Democrats - was to see if there was much if any bipartisan contact in Washington.

          The very obvious conclusion to that question and Congressman Marshall’s answer of “not that often,” indicates the potential for any solutions to the major problems facing our country are slim.

          The problem is the Republicans have at least one answer for each question and maybe more while the Democrats either respond “NO” to anything proposed by the opposition or have different ideas altogether – and none of them seem to be talking trying to find any way to compromise.

          Currently gun control is topic number one. Health insurance or Obama-care is not far behind and of course tax policy is on the table too with infrastructure rebuilding and immigration other possible areas.  

          None of these are going to be agreed upon without some really good work across the aisle! Unfortunately there does not seem to be any Bob Dole’s or Tip O’Neill’s stepping forward.

          News from Washington is as ugly as anytime in my lifetime and of course that’s all magnified by the existence of countless so-called “news” sources.

          Term limits or extending House of Representative terms to 4 years might stop the need to start seeking re-election on the day new congressmen arrive in D.C. Who knows?

          Seems to me our best course of action in addition to prayer is to  constantly request from our representatives to work with the other side to find compromise and not be so cotton pickin’ bull headed!

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

October 4, 2017

Psychologists tell us we cannot have or enjoy good without evil. In fact one says "evil is simply the absence of good!"

Whatever we believe the presence of evil happenings in our world over the past few weeks has been alarming.

Evil weather events in the form of hurricanes and earthquakes like we not seen before. Mass shootings so common now that the killing of three people in Lawrence over the weekend barely made national news only to be forgotten by the events in Las Vegas; and rhetoric from people of all sorts that’s so divisive we can hardly listen.

Thankfully, Jamie Reever our local United Way President offered some relief on Face Book by sharing a short poem written by Langston Hughes, a black man born in Joplin, Missouri who actually passed away in 1967 that says it all for me.

The title is Tired.

          As Jamie explained to me she is  "just tired of all the evil in our world today."

          Here’s Tired  by Langston Hughes:

            I am so tired of waiting,

          Aren't you,

          For the world to become good,

          And beautiful and kind?

          Let us take a knife

          And cut the world in two -

          And see what worms are eating

          At the rind.

 

          I think that’s worth hearing again:

 

 

 

            Tired  by Langston Hughes:

I am so tired of waiting,

          Aren't you,

          For the world to become good,

          And beautiful and kind?

          Let us take a knife

          And cut the world in two -

          And see what worms are eating

          At the rind.

 

          I'm Steve Sauder.

September 27, 2017

Let's consider a hypothetical question today.

          What if America had a rule of No Confidence like Great Britain forcing our president to stand for re-election in November of this year?

          The question becomes could anyone defeat Donald Trump?

          Republicans threw everything and everyone they had at Trump not long ago and he beat them like a drum. His support while not growing is still strong within the party.

          So, is there a Democrat who could unite their party to take on Trump?

          A recent TIME magazine article described the Democratic Party this way: "in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected."

          Holding only 15 governors' mansions and that of 98 partisan state legislatures Democrats control only 31! And, during the Obama years Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures leaving their "bench almost bare."

          TIME quotes a Democratic strategist saying "there is no confusion about what Democrats are against - the only disagreement is what we are for."

          And therein lays the problem. The splits in both parties create groups of believers that are so polarized in their ideologies that working together is difficult if not impossible.

          If you trust the popular vote from the last election Democrats would have the best opportunity to win because they have the numbers, but can they get them together?

          Is there a unifying democratic candidate?

          Elizabeth Warren seems like the obvious choice, but TIME points out when Democrats backed progressives like Dukakis, Mondale and McGovern the results were landslide losses.

          So far efforts by the Democrats to mend their differences have been fruitless. Putting Bernie Sanders and new party chairman Tom Perez together at a recent rally resulted in Sanders followers heckling Perez.

          Could President Trump win re-election now or in 2020 is a question we Kansans should understand isn't that easy to answer. We need only to say Sam Brownback.

          These are unique times in which we live. If you aren't happy with where we are the answer is not to just complain, but to get involved and that means at minimum get registered and vote!

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