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Governor Brownback

241-S Kansas State Capital Building

10th & Jackson

Topeka, KS 66612

                                                                   5-11-15

Governor Brownback,

My name is Steve Sauder and I am President of Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc. in Emporia.

I do a weekly commentary called “Something to Think About” on KVOE. Last Wednesday you were my topic.

The story about you and the waitress at bar be que place caught my eye. I was especially interested in your statement about being in public and having people telling you they agreed with you and the opposite.

Seemed to me like a good time to find out what people who listen to our three radio stations in Emporia think of your leadership.

We gave our listeners from seven thirty in the morning until midnight to respond in two ways.

They could go on-line at kvoe.com and answer this question:

DO YOU THINK GOVERNOR BROWNBACK IS DOING AN EFFECTIVE JOB OF LEADING OUR STATE?       YES or NO.

The results were as follows:

There were 81 YES responses and 531 NO responses.

This was a fair poll as listeners were limited to one vote per

device.

Listeners were also given the opportunity leave a recorded

message.

We recorded 55 verbal responses. They are enclosed on a

CD. Nine said you are doing a good job and 46 didn’t think so. You can listen to them if you like.

          I’m not sure what you will do with this information, but my hope is you’ll at least consider that the direction you have our state headed isn’t that popular. At least that’s what a majority of folks from Emporia think. 

                                                Respectfully,

                                                Steve Sauder

It is graduation time. I know this because I saw President Obama giving an address to graduates at Howard University. He will also talk to the graduates at Rutgers’s and the Air Force Academy. His message was good, positive and political urging grads to not only vote this time, but every time.

If I was speaking at a graduation my message would be more direct. One idea would be to use the Post I’ve seen recently on Face Book suggesting there some things anyone can accomplish that require absolutely no talent. That means there is no excuse to not practice these traits.

Zero talent is required to:

1.     Be on time.

2.     Have a strong work ethic.

3.     Give effort

4.     Display positive body language.

5.     Exert energy.

6.     Have a good attitude.

7.     Show true passion.

8.     Be coachable.

9.     Do the extra things.

10.   Be prepared.

Great advice because all these things are traits we see in our best employees, co-workers and leaders. God gave each of us the tools to do all those things if we desire to do them – no talent required.

Now let me simplify that list for you. Back in my youth coaching days and especially when I coached youngsters on the baseball field I had just 2 rules. I’d tell the boys – if you can say “yes sir, when asked these questions we’ll never have a problem.

My two rules were: “Hustle and Do Your Best.”

Pretty simple and I believe they pretty much cover all ten ideas from before.

Son, were you hustling? Were you doing your best? If you can say “yes” then we won’t have a problem.

Either way – the ten things you can do that do not require talent or “Hustle and Do Your Best” those who try hardest will succeed.

I’m Steve Sauder

My plan to today was to help clarify some of the questions about health insurance, but as I compiled ideas it became obvious there is so much information available it is almost impossible to offer anything factual without an opposite idea being available.

So, let me discuss one major facet of the healthcare debate – pre-existing conditions. This is not an endorsement of any plan or change, just something to think about!

ObamaCare addresses pre-existing conditions, but not without difficult questions.

Herman Cain ran for president four plus years ago and now writes a blog. Not sure Cain is an authority, but his thoughts were at least interesting: He wrote:

“One thing that will help a lot is if people realize what a bunch of bullfeathers they’re being fed with this whole business about pre-existing conditions. ObamaCare requires that people with pre-existing conditions who don’t already have insurance be allowed to sign up for it, and be charged premiums no different than those who are totally healthy. While this sounds wonderfully compassionate, it goes completely against everything that makes the economics of insurance work – which is why it’s been one of the leading drivers of soaring premiums since ObamaCare took effect.”

Cain likes the “high risk pools” idea, letting the states be involved and funding the losses by taxpayers.

While my understanding is admittedly limited the strategy here is to carve out those who are sick, but without insurance and let taxpayers finance their care rather than it being a burden on people who already were paying for health insurance.

There are arguments both ways, but for me if we as a nation truly desire to provided insurance for people with pre existing conditions it makes sense to have tax payers cover the losses rather than penalizing those of us who already pay premiums.

Yesterday I heard Senator Bill Cassidy a Republican from Louisiana tell  the Morning Joe just the opposite – that pre-existing costs should be spread over all who purchase health insurance!

My question is this: If paying for pre-existing condition coverage is “the leading driver of soaring premiums” why wouldn’t we choose a different path?

          I’m Steve Sauder

          

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.

Tyler Curtis

Something to Think About

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March Madness. The Big Dance. Many of us have been enjoying the annual NCAA tournament. The intensity of play during this time of year is unmatched. And true to its name, it can certainly be “maddening” if your team isn’t winning or your bracket is breaking. But even that makes it fun, doesn’t it? Watching a team completely destroy another isn’t nearly as enjoyable as watching a close game full of lead changes, a bad call here and there, and dramatic game winning shots. The Big Dance is about both cheering and yelling - winning and losing.

If I have the chance to select what to view on the household television, odds are that we’ll either have a game on or something political. I like watching sports, and I also enjoy following politics and being involved in political life.

Like March Madness, politics can also be full of “madness” and is downright aggravating at times. Like a great game, politics can be disappointing yet exhilarating, full of emotional swings resulting from both moments of setback and moments of glory.

Recent years have perhaps been more maddening than exciting, though. It seems we’ve allowed our system of politics to replace our system of government; that is, we’ve allowed our political parties and political elections to be the focus of our political culture instead of focusing on the process of policy making and the act of governing.

In politics, the game today is based on the election cycle, not the policy making process. Our culture has moved the game from governmental chambers to ballot boxes, but what do the winners achieve? Merely another opportunity to compete in the next election?

Political candidates certainly have to focus a portion of their attention on winning elections - but that’s when the real game should just be starting - that’s when the winners really go to work.  And that’s not happening. Rather, the winning team gets the parade and victory lap while the loser goes back to find ways to oppose anything the winner wants to move forward between that loss and the next election cycle. So what’s not happening? Policy making. Compromise. In short, governing.

Political parties may be focusing on winning elections, we, the people, end up losing. If we belong to the winning party, we’ve been told we won, but what have we won? When “winners” proceed to narrowly pass legislation staunchly opposed by the “losing” party only to see those policies overturned once that balance of power shifts, then what have we truly won? What progress have we made?

Elections should be a means to an end - a means for electing people who govern - not a game that results in winners and losers who don’t do anything but campaign for the next election. Elections should be the way candidates punch their ticket to the real dance - the Big Dance - the dance of policy making - the dance of governing. That dance requires leadership, and leadership requires listening and learning - cooperation and compromise - give and take - mutual respect and a desire to work toward the common good. One party may lead the dance but the other parties are equally important to ensuring a successful outcome.

As important as it is to vote, it’s equally important to hold our elected officials accountable for action between elections. Even if the candidate you supported didn't win, you still have an elected official representing you. We can’t expect our lawmakers to work as a team if we don’t cheer them on and encourage them to engage in teamwork after taking office.  Do you take the time to respectfully articulate your opinions on policy matters? Do you provide elected officials with both positive and negative feedback?  Do you advocate for compromise? Do you express an expectation that lawmakers work for the common good? Do you let elected officials know that the Big Dance is what happens after the election? 

Ultimately, our political culture mirrors our overall society and its culture. If we don't like what we see, than we have to identify what our part of the mess is.  And that’s certainly something to think about. 

The internet, Google search, Twitter, Facebook and the hundreds of other search tools are fast becoming a nuisance.

          Consider if you will the following words that appeared on my Facebook yesterday:

          Jane Fonda was on 3 times this week talking about her new book…and how she feels being in her 70’s…She still does not know what she did wrong…       Her book just may not make the bestseller list if more people knew.

          Facts as I believe them are: Fonda has a new book, she is in her 70’s, she likely was on TV 3 times and she doesn’t think she did anything wrong during the Viet Nam war.

          One claim against the former award winning actress is that during a trip to North Viet Nam she turned messages given to her by American P.O.W.’s over to their captors.

          Snoopes, Fact Checker and others have pretty much put that story to rest as being false.

          But, Fonda did go to North Viet Nam and did do several things that seem way beyond acceptable.

The actress and activist, defended her decision to go to Hanoi and said she had no regrets about being photographed with American POWs there or making broadcasts on Radio Hanoi because she was trying to stop the war.

"Well”, she said, “both sides were using the POWs for propaganda. I don't think there was anything wrong with it. It's not something that I will apologize for."

The Fonda Follies even involve President Obama.

        She was honored in 1999 as one of the “One Hundred Women of the Century.”

        You can find internet fiction suggesting Barack Obama had something to do with that honor. It appears he did not nor has he ever honored Jane Fonda.

        Interestingly Barbara Walter hosted the One Hundred Women show and said the following about Fonda:

“Many died in Vietnam for our freedoms. I did not like Jane Fonda then and I don't like her now. Jane Fonda can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can forget the past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment and see her "honored" as a ”Woman of the Century."

        While it is difficult to separate fact from fiction today it has never been difficult for me to dislike Jane Fonda. She did go to Hanoi and worked against the U.S.A. Some of the stories may not be factual, but I agree with Barbara, I don’t have to stand by without comment.

        I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about.

Something to Think About

I wanted to focus this week’s something to think about on the importance of working together to reduce our impact on the environment.  A healthy environment is an important part of human and animal life and a must for our existence. 

The earth is the only known living planet; and it’s because of its special environment and ecology that make it life-supporting.  

Forests are one of the most valuable resources and gifts of nature;  and they play a key role in climate, rain-patterns, water and soil conservation.

They are natural homes of many animals, birds, reptiles and insects. 

So, what is it that you can do?   That question is important as we make choices and decisions that affect our personal lives but also impact the world. 

Our ecological footprint is larger than needed.  So, in other words, we are using resources at a greater rate than nature can absorb our waste, and generate new resources. 

So what is it that I can do? Or what is it that you can do?

You may want to develop a plan for your own backyard to help you apply conservation measures that fit your needs, and bring a little diversity to your yard. 

Whether your yard is measured in acres, feet, or flower pots.  It counts! 

You could do something as simple as planting a tree or adding a birdhouse;  planting nectar rich flowers such as phlox, zinnias and many varieties of native milkweed.

The Zoo for instance is focusing efforts towards helping the monarch butterfly by creating butterfly gardens in and around the Zoo.  It is easy to incorporate these plants into your own flowerbeds and gardens.

To create a habitat for monarchs, we need to provide milkweed for the larvae, nectar plants for the adults, and sufficient vegetation to provide shelters for the larvae.  I promise, if you plant it, they will come! 

Whether you live in town or in the country, you can help! 

For instance, many local farmers and ranchers are installing grass, tree and shrub plantings; ponds; and other wildlife habitat such as buffer strips along waterways, grass areas and native prairie plantings. 

They are also planting or leaving food plots of corn or other grains specifically for wildlife. 

Quail, Prairie Chicken, whitetail deer, turkey and songbirds benefit from the habitat farmers and ranchers leave on their land.  

Bats are another beneficial and interesting mammalian species in your neighborhood.  Bats are among the most important consumers of night-flying insects, including mosquitoes, moths, and beetles.

For example, a single little brown bat can catch more than 600 mosquitoes in an hour.  Watching bats fly around light posts catching bugs can be an interesting nighttime activity for your family.

To help attract bats and provide them with much-needed roosting habitat you may want to consider putting up a bat house in your yard. The houses should be placed on poles or buildings at least 15 feet high in a spot that receives 6 or more hours of sun per day.   

You can find plans to build your own bat house on line by searching websites such as the national wildlife federation or even bat world.

You can join us at The David Traylor Zoo on April 24th  for Party for the Planet from 1-3pm and we will help you find easy ways you can make a difference.   

If you aren’t recycling at this time, Please take the pledge to start by recycling one or two types of product and then increase the number of products every few months.  Before you know it, you will have little trash and a full recycling container!   

If each of us does our part we can help save the world! 

This is Lisa Keith and That’s something to think about!

It is crucial that we take care of our surroundings and help nature maintain an ecological balance so that we can hand over to future generations an environment that is a good or better than we found it.  One person cannot do it alone but working together we can make a difference. 

Good Day!

As one drives into our fine city from just about any direction one cannot miss the large sign advising the reader that he is entering an inclusive city. One also finds the logo of several of Emporia’s fine service clubs.  There are many not listed, but for today let’s talk about the ones that are. Masons meet at their Lodge on the first and third Monday right down the street from the Emporia Gazette. 

The Sertoma Club meets at the American Legion Thursday at noon.  This club puts out the US flags up and down main for every flag type celebration. Oh and if you like model trains, this club runs a pretty big one down in Sodens Grove.

Kiwanis—way more than an annual pancake feed. Kiwanis,  there are three clubs in Emporia, a noon, morning and an evening club they all get together to put on the late winter Pancake Day. Each club helps the community in countless ways. Kiwanis clubs are located in over 80 counties. Go find one of those folks that sold you that ticket and say Hey, tell me more.

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who come together to make positive lasting change in communities at home and abroad.  Check them out they meet at the Emporia Country Club every Tuesday at Noon. 

The America Legion (2nd Tuesday at 7:30pm) and the American Legion Auxiliary (2nd and 3rd Tuesday 9:00 am) is the only military club listed on our city Marque.  As the home of Veterans Day this and many of our military clubs provide invaluable service to our celebrations that make us uniquely us.

The second row starts with the Lions International sign.  Their web site says they are the largest service club in the world, with 1.4 million members geographic area around the globe.  Sight is a major focus of this local service organization.  They meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon at Emporia State University Student Union Kanza Room.

Altrusa clubs were founded 100 years ago and several decades later they began to focus on literacy for their organization.  No meeting date or place listed but the Emporia Gazette list all the active service clubs, times, date and place every week in the paper. 

Next on our little sign trip is the LWV the League of Women Voters.  The have been in existence since 1920 just before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote.  This very active local organization does in fact accept men into its ranks. Along in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s all these other service clubs began inviting women into their clubs (Very good move Guys!)

Emporia Garden Club of America disbanded as a non-profit.  Dec 2016

And we come to last listing on our service club snapshot—The Optimist International.  This local club meets at ESU each Thursday at noon just one of 2500 club roster that covers the globe who bring out the best in youth communities and ourselves. 

Your Service Organization not listed—find out why.

A Lion and A Rotarian (bicycle riding buddies) were setting in the Chamber Offices the other day, discussing service clubs.  Jeanine allowed that service organizations add Pride to our community. I absolutely concur.  If you are a service club member ask your friend, coworker, church member, and your spouse, anyone Hey you want to join a really neat club?  Let me tell you more.  If you are new to the community or recently retired or just got an empty nest or whatever and want something in your life that will give you more than the effort—join a service club.

My sincere thanks to KVOE for your Community Service

I’m Gary Post and That’s Something to Think about

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