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EmporiaStateUniversity is Emporia’s most important asset - doubtful anyone would challenge that statement.

          Things are really good at ESU. Enrollment is up, morale has never been better and the school’s Now and Forever campaign is succeeding.

          It is a great honor for me to be Champion for Athletics for the Now and Forever campaign. Champion is code for leader and worker. Under Shane Shively’s leadership and the excellent people at the ESU Foundation and the ESU Athletics department we have been very successful on the athletic side of the campaign. Our working goal was reached quickly and a new one has been established.

          We’ve raised a lot of new scholarship money, finished off the JohnBaxterHealthCenter, funded summer school for many athletes and last week the new Dennis Shogren Scoreboard for Welsh Stadium was announced.

While athletics has exceeded expectations there is still much to accomplish.

We added almost half a million dollars to last year’s ESU athletic budget and guess what that got us?

          We are still 13th out of 14 teams in the MIAA in athletic budget!

          While that doesn’t sound like much it was exactly what we needed to do, but “the rest of the story” is we must keep the pace up or we will become number fourteen.

          The Now and Forever is having a positive effect everywhere. The Deans of the Schools and Colleges at ESU are energized and working closely with Foundation personnel to find ways to move the institution forward.

          President Michael Shonrock’s “can do” attitude is visible everywhere.

          Things are really good now at ESU, but the immediate future is scary.

Despite what Governor Brownback says the increasing revenue deficiencies in Topeka undoubtedly mean new cuts in state support for higher education.

This means our university needs our help now more than ever.

          Lyon County and EmporiaCity leaders have expressed a desire to help. Now is the time for this to happen. Scholarship or marketing dollars or help with financing new living units it’s time for action.

As individuals we can support the school in many ways. Please do what you can.

Emporia State is Emporia’s most important asset, so let’s treat it as

such.

I’m Steve Sauder and I am a Hornet.

         Our choices to represent us in the First Congressional District of Kansas will be: Incumbent Tim Huelscamp, and Challengers: Kent Roth and Alan LaPolice.

          Believe it or not this is an improvement as Rep. Huelscamp, in Congress since 2011, ran unopposed in 2012! He initially won his seat after winning a wild primary with numerous contestants including Dr. James Barnett from Emporia.

          Speaking from a personal point of view Tim Huelscamp has been an embarrassment as my representative in Washington. His ultra conservative positions seem unwavering and only get worse. At a time when gridlock in Washington is one of the biggest problems Huelscamp is exactly the opposite of what is needed, yet no one even ran against him in the last election.

          There would appear to be reason for hope when polling consistently indicates over 51% of First District Kansans do not approve of Huelscamp’s activities.

          Former Kansas legislator Kent Roth from Ellenwood announced his campaign to unseat Congressman Huelscamp months ago. I sent him a donation and he sent me a bumper sticker that says – No Labels – Kick Too Crazy for Kansas Out of Congress.

          Not sure how effective that is, but I did put one on my car.

          Earlier this week Kent Roth solicited me again.

          His letter thanked me for my donation, defined the Federal contribution limits for me, pointed out the polling numbers mentioned earlier and suggested splitting the opposition vote in the primary would not be good. He then dropped the bombshell that truly explains the value of being an incumbent like Huelscamp.

          Kent told me had cash on hand of $15,756; the other person in the race had $14,402 but our incumbent congressman Tim Huelscamp reported cash on hand in excess of $800,000!

          Not exactly a positive message for a want-a-be supporter, huh?

          My question is what can we do about our congressman? He’s a bright guy, PhD in political science, concentrating on agriculture policy from American University, but he does not seem to represent us well.

          If you agree with me the time to take action is now, but fifteen grand compared to 800,000 THAT is a big problem. Any ideas?

          I’m Steve Sauder.

  Today is listener participation day on KVOE so you can be involved.

            Governor Sam Brownback is in the news almost daily. Earlier this week he made news because a waitress in Topeka decided to send the Gov a message. She X-ed out the Tip line on his bill for some bar be- que and then wrote in “Tip the Schools.”

            The waitress was upset because her sister is in “special education” and budget cuts have forced good teachers to move on.

            The waitress used Face Book to ask how best to send a message to the Governor. The rest is history.

            Governor Brownback was asked Monday about the incident. He said “I’m out in the public a lot and I get a lot of people saying they agree with me and I get a lot of people saying they don’t.”

            I applaud the Governor for his honest response.

I further think now is a great time for Governor Brownback to hear from Emporia or maybe more correctly what KVOE listeners think of his leadership.

            Here’s the plan. We are providing 2 ways to send a message to the Governor. We will see that he gets the final results.

1.      Go to www.kvoe.com and answer this question:

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

            Straight forward and to the point. This Poll is about as fair as we can be because it limits each device to one vote.

2.      The second way you can participate is by calling 620-208-6316. That’s 208-6316.

At the tone leave your message for Governor Brownback

concerning his job performance. Your comments will be limited to 1 minute and we urge callers to prepare their thoughts in advance and also to stay away from inflammatory comments.

            The opportunity to express your satisfaction for or against our Governor’s performance will stay open until midnight tonight. Results will be discussed on Thursday morning and be transmitted to the Governor’s office.

            OK listeners it’s your turn to be heard. www.kvoe.com and/or 620-208-6316.

5-4-16

          On vacation for weeks, you find hundreds of rabid, messy, mean Raccoon's have overtaken your basement. You want them gone. You call 4 exterminators but nobody could handle the job. But there is this one guy and he guarantees he can get rid of them, so you hire him.

You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if he swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, and you don't care if he voted for Obama...you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best. Period.
            This is why some people want Donald Trump. Yes, he's a bit of an ass and an egomaniac, but they don't care. They say country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, and immigration is out of control. They want it fixed! They don't care that Trump is crude, that he insults people, that he had been friendly with Hillary Clinton, that he has changed positions, that he's been married 3 times, that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, or that he didn't know the name of some terrorist.

They believe our country is weak, that it is bankrupt, that our enemies are making fun of us, that we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Dick and Harriett is a special group with special rights. They sometimes don't recognize the country they were born in. AND THEY JUST WANT IT FIXED and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what these people want. They are sick of politicians, sick of both Democrats and Republicans!  They just want this thing fixed.

They know Trump isn’t a Saint, but he doesn't have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn't have political correctness restraining him, they believe he has been very successful, that he’s a good negotiator, that he’s built a lot of things, and he's NOT a cowardly politician.

And he swears he can fix it. And they believe him because he is too much of an egomaniac to be proven wrong.
           
They don't even care if the guy has really bad hair!
            
They just want those raccoons gone. Out of their house. NOW!!
           This is why thousands of people that haven't voted in 25 years are registering to vote this year – because the raccoons have got to go!!

          And there, my friends, is the key! Peoplewho haven’t voted in 25 years are in L O V E with Trump.

As a group they have carried Trump to victory – first, in primaries with many contestants dividing the vote, but recently in contests with fewer candidates. Look Out ! He IS gaining speed.

          Trump’s problem will likely show up in the November election when he has only one opponent and his alienation of groups like females, Hispanics, African Americans, veterans and Muslims will be much more difficult to overcome.  
          In the meantime – look at those raccoons run!

          I’m Steve Sauder

            William Martin, better known as Billy passed away last Friday. He was almost 77, but way too young to die.

            Billy was good at a lot of things: among them: being a cowboy, as a commodity broker, investor, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, sportsman, world class cook and story teller.

            His golfing legacy is strong having won multiple championships including the Emporia Country Club and EmporiaCity titles. In the local golfing community when you mentioned "Billy," everyone knew about whom you spoke.

            Billy always had a story to share. Some were true often about hunting or fishing, but his most memorable moments were when he told jokes or tall tales.

            With that in mind the following Forrest Gump story made me think of Billy and how he might have told this story.

            Please don't be confused. I'm not drawing a parallel between Billy and Forrest Gump although Billy could slip into his country boy persona when necessary.

            Seems Forrest Gump died and approached Heaven's Gate where St. Peter informed him there would be a three question test to enter.

            Question #1 was: "There are 2 days of the week beginning with the letter T, name them.”

            Forrest thought and answered “Today and Tomorrow.”

            St. Peter said "Not exactly what I was looking for, but you aren't wrong, so carry on."

            Question #2. was: “How many seconds are there in a year?”

            Forrest took some time on this one and then replied " That's really hard, but it has to be 12."

            St. Pete sighed and said "How did you come up with 12 Forrest?"

            "Well, there’s January second; February second; March second.......

            "O.K. said St. Peter you got me, so here's number three. What is God's first name?"

            Without any pause Forrest Gump replied, "That's easy - it's Andy."

            "Andy" St. Peter gasped, "How did you decide that?"

            Forrest blurted, "It's in the song silly - Andy he walks with me; Andy talk with me; Andy he tells me I am his own.”

            St. Pete opened the gates and said "Run, Forrest, run."

            Billy Martin might very well have told that story!

            Not sure if they get the Golf Channel in heaven, but if they do you can bet Billy has St. Peter watching with him maybe even taking notes.

            Hit’em pure Billy!

            I’m Steve Sauder

            5-31-17

            My mother convinced me to try Debate in high school. It was a great experience.

            Each debate starts with a question. My first one was something like: Resolved: the Federal Government of the United States should provide significantly more support for public education.

            After stating the question the affirmative speaker defines “Terms.”

            In the 1962 question I defined: Federal Government, United States, public education and the Federal Reduced Lunch Program. The last one because it was a part of my “Plan” to solve the problem.

            Let’s fast forward to today.

            Maybe the debate question might be: Resolved: the Republican and Democratic Parties shall be required to disclose the source of all their funding.

            Here’s my point.

            How could you define what is a Republican or Democrat?

            In both Kansas and the USA we have gridlock in our legislative process because neither party stands for any one thing which can be explained.

            How many factions are there in the Republican Party? The Democrats in Kansas are not so split, but on the federal level they are certainly anything but united. Will Rogers’ old thought that he didn’t belong to an organized political party because he was a Democrat is very apt today.

            Another word worth defining is Polarization. It means “a sharp division into opposing factions often on the extreme.”

            This, my friends is public enemy number one in both Kansas and Washington. Elected officials who are so committed to their ideals they are unwilling to even consider compromises that might well be best for their constituents. 

            In Kansas we’ve been constrained by the conservative Brownback led majority that is hopefully about to meet its’ match.

            In Washington the polarization is of a unique nature. Donald Trump has his supporters and he continues to play to them and keep them happy despite a lack of real progress in areas that require more than his group’s support to accomplish.

If President Trump wants long term success he will need to find a way to get some bi-partisan support. So far he’s doubled down at every opportunity to keep the polarization alive. That’s unfortunate.

            Defining the terms in my day as a high school debater was easy. Today it might not be possible.

            I’m Steve Sauder

Monday was a federal holiday we now call Memorial Day. It is observed to honor the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and seems to have originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Unionand Confederate soldiers who died in the war.

By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

          When I was a kid my grandmother was the Red Cross lady in Abilene and Decoration Day was a big deal especially with the purchase of Poppy’s.

          Memorial Day should not to be confused with Veterans Day, a day that celebrates the service of all U.S.military veterans.

                The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom. Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the Civil War.

          The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was inCharleston, South Carolina in 1865.

During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, "Martyrs of the Race Course." Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead.

David W. Blight wrote that African Americans invented Memorial Day. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about.

However, Blight stated he "has no evidence" that this event inCharleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.

So who did invent or discover Memorial Day?

On May 26, 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

          In 1868 General John A. Logan, from the Grand Army of the Republic declared Decoration Day be observed annually in May to honor fallen soldiers. He chose May because the flowers would be in full bloom.

          There are lots of stories and what’s important is we do observe Memorial Day. We can be proud of the observances we hold annually here and in surrounding communities.

          Wikipedia obviously provided me with lots of information..

          Thanks to all who are serving, those who have served and especially to those who gave all.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

          One definition of paradox is: “A person or thing that seems to possess contradictory qualities.”

          Can you say the Clintons as in President Bill and former First Lady Hillary?

          So many qualities in both these public figures, but also contradictions!

          Michael Gerson in his column in the Cap Journal on Tuesday said it well in his title: “Clinton stands, standards fall……….”

          The New York Times once wrote this about President Bill: “he gambled the moral, political and historic reputation of the presidency – “

          Gerson says, “But Clinton saved himself through a display of brazen combative defiance against his accusers and the media. There must be some ancient Greek word for this tragically impressive human attribute. It might be translated “shameless fortitude,” or maybe “sleazy grit.”

          The columnist concluded about our former president: “In the end Clinton stood; and standards fell.”

          With that as a backdrop we turn our attention to Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S.Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and now announced candidate for President.

          About candidate Clinton, Michael Gerson wrote: “This attribute of backbone in a dubious cause – in a very different moral context – has been on full display in Hillary Clinton’s presidential launch.”

          There are many questions for Mrs. Clinton, but so far she’s managed these well enough to remain unchallenged for her party’s nomination.

          Some democrats wonder if she can win in a general election suggesting Mrs. Clinton might be “plausible as a president but mediocre as a candidate.”

She first tried the silent treatment, but has recently started to open up; Gerson suggests “Her silence has often been an improvement over her availability.”

          Hillary’s performance thus far are raising doubts about her “honesty, trustworthiness and transparency.”

          Yet, I see her as Gerson does, “tough, disciplined and knowledgeable.”

My paradox is Hillary Clinton may the best prepared person available to lead our country.

          “If Clinton stands; standards fall.”

          I’m Steve Sauder and There’s Something to Think About!

          According to Wikipedia the Census bureau's primary mission is conducting the U.S. Census every ten years, which allocates the seats of the U.S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population.The Bureau's various censuses and surveys help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and it helps states, local communities, and businesses make informed decisions..

          The U.S. census is at the heart of our electoral process according to the TIME magazine article I read. It not only determines how political districts are drawn, but which Americans are counted and how federal dollars - allocated per capita are distributed. And a long list of important decisions rely on an accurate census.

          But soon, the U. S. Census Bureau will be leaderless!

          The 30 year Director of the Census Bureau is quitting the end of June. Colleagues suggest he was hobbled by pressure from Congress about cost overruns on a new Internet-based questionnaire and of course uncertainty about support from the new administration.

          TIME points out the Census Bureau being "rudderless" with the 2020 census looming creates a major concern. Without strong experienced leadership the 2020 census could lack the integrity American's have always demanded.

          Donald Trump is not responsible for the Director leaving, but he will be the person to appoint the successor. Our President's track record thus far for appointments has been shaky at best. This position might be as important as any he has ever filled.

          Congress had already indicated a desire to under fund the Census Bureau when in April it allocated less than half the budget increase requested. With the austere new federal budget being proposed under funding seems to be a certainty.

          Experts say if you under fund the census you get an under count and when you under count you lose the "hard to find populations."

          Yikes!

          At a time when we need integrity and accuracy in our government we find the Census Bureau - an institution American's have believed in and respected all our lives in danger of becoming a political football.

          The United States needs a census we can trust. A compromised census will create even more chaos!

          I'm Steve Sauder and there's something to think about!

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