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Every Friday morning at 8:15, Phil Taunton will join the KVOE Morning show and let listeners know What’s In Outdoors.

 Below you can listen to past shows and find information relating to all kinds of stuff.  ENJOY!

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What's In Outdoors Calendar

All Year

Kansas Crappie Club Tournaments - More Info

Apr 20-21

Rendezbous at Council Grove - https://www.facebook.com/events/566815313676531/ 

Apr 20-21

SETHFEST - https://www.facebook.com/events/405505549875329/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1520271902596334 

Apr 21

Youth Outdoor Education Day, part of Seth Fest at Marina Cove, Council Grove Reservoir.  

What's in Outdoors will be giving away a KDWPT lifetime fishing license - Flyer

Apr 21 

Kansas Secretary of State's 8th Annual Ad Astra Archery Tournament! - http://www.sos.ks.gov/archery/main.html 

Apr 23 & 24

Kansas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Annual Fishing Tournament and Sporting Clays Shoot - Flyer

May 5

Spring Fishing Clinic at Bluestem Farm and Ranch

May 12

Aquatic Education Day, Clinton Lake. - Flyer

May 20

Eric Brown, Blake Rapp, Kansas Hunting and Fishing and Pass it On Outdoor Mentors. BBBS event, Camp Alexander

June 1-3 

8th Annual Yeager/Jenkins Memorial Catfish Tournament - 

Aug 11

Outdoor Kids Day! @ Clinton State Park - Flyer - Details

          In the Big First District we have a heated primary election contest for the Republican nomination between the incumbent Tim Huelskamp and novice politician Dr. Roger Marshall.

          This is already a nasty/dirty race. Let’s take a look at what they are saying about each other.

          Huelskamp is attacking Marshall for suggesting a tax on internet purchases; flip flopping on his abortion position and for being a “law breaker” in an advertisement that he has run on this station accusing Marshall of driving away from an accident.

          Marshall has to own the tax comment since it came in a debate. He claims he is pro-life which matches the Congressman so he might be guilty of a flip or a flop. The leaving the scene ad is pretty flimsy. Marshall was in an encounter with an unhappy citizen supposedly over a lost bid at the local hospital. After the confrontation Marshall did plead guilty to a misdemeanor traffic charge, but he was not charged with leaving the scene even though that’s what the Huelskamp ad suggests.

          Candidate Marshall suggests Huelskamp uses public money for campaign purposes. Maybe, but that’s really the advantage of being a third term incumbent. They claim Huelskamp voted against funding to fight Isis and for pay increases for soldiers at Ft. Riley. The record on these is clear. Most important and factual are the claims that our congressman got himself removed from both the Agriculture and Budget Committees. Huelskamp claims he will be re-seated on the Ag committee, but a lot of damage has already been done.

          My belief is the time is right for a change. Huelskamp has had six years to show his worth, but what he has mainly shown is an ability to put himself in conflict with leadership and have an amazing inability to compromise or get along.

          It appears to me this kind of belligerent attitude is exactly why the American public has such a low opinion of our congress.  

          Roger Marshall is a rookie, but he has an impressive background. Not only is he a successful doctor - he also has farming on his resume.

          The Primary is August the second and once again we in Kansas have a chance to change. Please don’t miss this opportunity.

          I’m Steve Sauder

Concerning the race for Governor of Kansas statehouse watchdog Martin Hawver wrote on Monday, “The financial corner of the governor’s race took a sharp turn this afternoon when the Republican team of Sam Brownback & Jeff Colyer revealed in its campaign finance report that it may or may not have out-raised Democrats Paul Davis & Jill Docking.”

Really?

May or may not have?

Tuesday’s Topeka Capital Journal’s headline says “Davis campaign donations top Brownback’s in 2014.”

What is going on?

In actual new donations during 2014 the Davis/Docking team outraised Brownback/Colyer by some$398,000, but the Governor’s team used a loan from Lt. Governor Colyer, made to the campaign of $500,000, to push their total on the report, filed Monday, slightly ahead of their Democrat opponent.

Even more interesting is the Brownback campaign evidently pulled the same stunt at the end of 2013 when Colyer again loaned the campaign half a million dollars. That was done on New Year’s Eve. That loan was repaid on January the second. Colyer’s $500,000 was on the books just long enough to let it show up on the Brownback 2013 Campaign Finance Report thus making the report show their campaign receiving considerably more in contributions compared to Davis.

Perception must be more important than the truth!

Or, is that deception?

It will be interesting to see if Governor Brownback speaks about this or just ignores it. I’m thinking that answer is obvious.

Locally, with a Primary Election next Tuesday the only real excitement is the Peggy Mast – Jeff Freeman contest for the Republican House nomination. Mast and Freeman are scheduled to appear on KVOE tomorrow morning at 10:06. That should be very interesting.

Freemen has been full of surprises maybe he’ll have one tomorrow!

The winner will run against Democrat Teresa Briggs and Independent Bill Otto in November.

Remember, voting is a privilege; hope to see you at the polls next week.

I’m Steve Sauder.

Dear Governor Brownback,

                                                                                    7-29-15

Steve Sauder again assuming you know what they say about chickens?

They always come home to roost!

You will soon have consequences to deal with you won’t be able to explain away like you do when you push Kansas poor people around, cut out programs for the mentally ill, take benefits from the elderly, discriminate against alternative life styles and cut programs for Kansas children.

There is a common thread running through the groups mentioned above – most of them – especially the poor and children – have very limited or no way to argue with you.

You are the best we have ever seen at deflecting, redirecting and misinforming people on topics on which you don’t have good answers.

But, Mr. Governor, Kansas teachers could be your chickens coming home to roost!. No doubt you have pushed them around and disrespected them, but Kansas teachers may just get the last laugh.

Here’s my case: From Monday’s Gazette, Richard John Schrock and Kansas Board of Education’s 2014-2015 Licensed Personnel Report – it says last year 654 teachers left Kansas to teach in another state. That number is up from 331 in 2010 & 11. Plus teachers leaving the profession, but not retiring rose from 416 to 740 in the same time frame.

It’s pretty obvious the teachers haven’t been much of a foe for you. You change the rules when you don’t like them and bully teachers using your all powerful, but not very creative legislature and you even took away their bargaining rights, but you cannot force them to teach. Teachers are moving out of Kansas and quitting at a record pace! This is growing crisis.

Who will you blame Mr. Governor when Kansas doesn’t have enough teachers to fill its classrooms?

That day is coming and you will be hard pressed to blame anyone but yourself.

Cluck, cluck…….

          Next Tuesday Kansas holds its Primary Election. Locally we have three races with multiple candidates asking for your support. If you are not registered to vote you won't need to listen to the rest of my thoughts. If you are registered you can vote now or wait and go to the polls next Tuesday.

          KVOE does not endorse candidates, but at times I share with listeners who I am supporting and why.

          The race to replace Peggy Mast in the 76th House District has two Democrats running: Teresa Briggs and Kelly Atherton. I supported Teresa Briggs two years ago when she opposed Representative Mast and I still believe she will be an excellent representative.

          Don Hill’s retirement was hastened by the knowledge that Mark Schreiber was willing to replace him. I'm not sure how a candidate could have a better endorsement? 

          Mark's Republican opponents - Steve Pearson and Dr. Matthew Shepherd - are both good people and under different circumstances excellent choices, but given the mess we have in Kansas we need Schreiber’s experience.

          Schreiber's job representing the interests of Westar in Topeka gives him a giant leg up. He not only already knows the issues and the people in the statehouse he understand how things get done in the legislature. We are lucky Mark is available!

          The third contested race is to represent the big First District of Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

          Tim Huelskamp won a large primary six years ago and has been re-elected twice. He has kept his campaign promises by voting against everything, not supporting any new taxes, being a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and has been Pro Life as is possible.

          Unfortunately Representative Huelskamp's history of not getting along with leadership raised its ugly head again in Washington. The First District is highly reliant on agriculture. It was perfect when Rep. Huelskamp landed a seat on the powerful Agriculture Committee. BUT, when he got cross ways with House leadership he unbelievably got kicked off this very important committee. He remains off the Agriculture committee!

          Not being on the Ag Committee makes Huelskamp expendable in this district according to Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association both of whom have endorsed his opponent.

          Roger Marshall from Great Bend is a respected doctor and a good choice to replace Huelskamp. Marshall is every bit as conservative as Huelskamp, but has the common sense to know when to speak and when to listen. Dr. Marshall who also has a solid farming background will be appointed to the Agriculture Committee a privilege Huelskamp squandered.

          We have an opportunity to be represented by someone who will not only get along with the leaders in Washington; he may well become a leader - something Representative Tim Huelskamp will never accomplish - never!

          Dr. Roger Marshall is an easy choice here.

          Here’s hoping you have a vote and that you will use it.

          I’m Steve Sauder

          Something different today!

          I am asking for your help for blind kids far, far away from Emporia.

          Stacy Thomlison is a nurse that my wife, Bobbi, worked with in a camp in New York before we met. Stacy has devoted her life to working for people in under privileged situations and currently is volunteering at the Blind School in Rwanda which is in Africa.

          Her text to Bobbi said, “I am living and working at the Blind School in Kibeho. There are a little more than 150 children here, ages 5 – 20….some completely blind and some with impaired vision.  Five Franciscan Sisters run the school. They have NO income. They rely entirely on donations to support this school.”

          Here’s their dilemma!

          The school must have guards for basic protection. Reliable guards are available, but are very expensive in Rwanda.

          The guards currently being employed cannot be trusted and actually blackmail the students and at times send them out to sell things illegally. You can imagine this situation.

          Stacy says to us in her text – “you know where I’m going, right?”

          She is asking for help and if we have friends who might help too.

          Reliable guards each cost 75,000 Rwandan Francs or $100 a month and the school needs five – 2 for days and 3 at night.

          Our hearts were touched immediately. Blind kids! Blackmail and worse. The decision for us to help was easy. The Lord has blessed us and expects us to help others, so we are in.

          How about you?

          Proverbs 22:9 says: He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

          Lord knows there are no lack of places to donate your hard earned money so please just give this cause some thought and if your heart says “yes” then send a check.

Twenty-five dollars, maybe fifty – an entire year would be $1200.

          Make your check to:

          FSC Franciscan Sisters of the Cross

          Write: “Guards” on the Reference line.

          Send or bring your checks to KVOE, Box 968, Emporia

          We will add the Account number and SWIFT number so funds get where they are supposed to go. Your gift should be Tax Deductible.

          Stacy, Bobbi and I thank you for your consideration.

   

Open Letter to Governor Sam Brownback

          Dear Mr. Governor,

          I am confused by your tax policy in Kansas.

          I understand your plan is to attract new business to the state by cutting taxes. I am aware of the 25% cut in individual income tax rates in 2012 and the repeal of taxes on sole proprietorships and pass through businesses that same year. And, I note in 2013 even lower rates were adopted.

          The result I understand from June 2013 to June 2014 has been an 11% drop in revenue, some growth in the economy, but not really anything to brag about.

          You said last week your plan will take more time.

          O.K., that makes sense, but how much time and how much damage to our state’s reputation will occur while we wait?

          My big question is about public relations.

          Using Google I ask the question: What are the best states in which to do business.

          With the drastic measures you’ve taken in Kansas I expected theSunflower State to be at the top of all the lists, but it wasn’t. Fact is it was hard to find Kansas anywhere but in the middle of the pack.

          Forbes even printed an article entitled: What’s the Matter WithKansas and It’s Tax Cuts? It Can’t Do Math.

          Not very complimentary, would you agree?

          The Tax Foundation listing of best business climates by state rankedKansas 26th and not even in the top ten for taxes.

          With some help, I did find buried on the Kansas Department of Commerce website a report from Pollina Corporate Real Estate. They ranked Kansas as the fifth best state to do business and also praised you and your tax policies.

          I am shocked. With Kansas’ massive tax cuts designed to attract attention and new business one would assume there would be a tremendous public relations effort to sell our state’s unique tax opportunity.

          Unfortunately, most of what I was able to find was not very complimentary to our state.

          So Governor, are you doing a good job of selling Kansas?

          If your answer is “yes” please help me understand how it works.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      Steve Sauder

If we were developing a model for a prototype ESU student I may have interviewed one on Saturday Morning SportsTalk last Saturday.

          Marcus Erkel grew up in Arizona and came to Emporia State from Pima Community College in Arizona back when Brian Embery was the Hornet baseball coach. Now he didn’t exactly distinguish himself on the baseball field, but he did find a wife, a career and a home.

          Marcus agreed Saturday morning the odds of him staying in Emporia were like a thousand to one.

          The story is Marcus met and married Mandy Ledford an Emporia girl. They have two children and she is an insurance executive. He is an ESU graduate and taught in our public schools for three years.

          Marcus’ opportunity at the golf course came after the untimely death of Rich Jaggard. Erkel is in the PGA’s development program and will be a full fledged PGA Pro before long.

          More importantly Marcus is doing a super job with Emporia golf. His shop is well stocked; his staff is courteous, well informed and capable. He is willing to work with any and all to make the golf course available for events. The Kansas High School Activities Association loves Emporia and holds many tournaments here.

          Marcus is working hard to build golf in Emporia. Note: Starting New at Golf or SNAG for youngsters starting at 4 years of age! They use oversized clubs and balls; bright colors and music to introduce kids to the sport and it’s only $10 for a three day class.

          Then there’s Junior Golf which doubled in size this year. Family Days are Sunday at three and they allow the whole family to play golf for one fee. Marcus offers private or group lessons and there is a weekly Lady’s Day and Men’s Night and lots of different tournaments for the competitive types.

          Marcus also suggested he was a willing “babysitter” at the golf course. That would be for youngsters old enough to take care of themselves that wanted to spend most of a day at the course. I think its $8.50 to play all day.

          This is kind of a “Feel Good Friday” on Wednesday, but Marcus Erkel is succeeding in making golf and the Emporia Golf Course a real asset to our community. For that we say “thank you Marcus.”

          I’m Steve Sauder

                                                7-20-16

          It is safe to say virtually everyone loves a circus. A circus has something for everyone; acrobats, clowns, barkers, wild animals, trained animals and loud music. And any good circus has unexpected excitement.

          Guess that’s why both political parties are calling the event going on in Cleveland a circus.

          Republicans call it a circus because these events use a big tent and that’s what a political party is supposed to do – get everyone under one big tent.

          The Democrats are calling the Republican Convention a circus for a completely different reason and guess what? The GOP isn’t disappointing anyone looking for a show.

          Monday was a dozy. Conflict and controversy supposedly over the “rules” got things going. Then after that spat was settled the Grand Old Party trotted out veterans, a mother, a mayor, a wife, a general and a senator. It was easily as good as any real circus I’ve ever attended.

          Following the show on Monday charges of plagiarism were leveled at Mrs. Trump. She delivered her speech flawlessly, but soon as they say “the rest of the story” came out. Often you do see sleight of hand at the circus!

          Last night did not hold the potential for excitement that Monday had with too many politicians slated to talk. There may have been excitement during the vote to make Donald Trump officially the nominee.

          Speaking of the Donald all this activity leading up to Thursday night will all have been for naught if he doesn’t deliver the speech of his life.

          Trump has had many chances to pivot from the loud and boisterous candidate to a more refined presidential nominee and potential president. So far he has not taken those opportunities.

In his acceptance speech Trump has the opportunity to offer unique ideas, detailed plans and more substance for his administration. For example: he cannot simply say “I’m going to fix things for our veterans” – he needs to share a plan.

Trump can’t win the election with his speech Thursday night, but he could make it nearly impossible to win.  

For Trump it is a golden opportunity because he will be the center of attention in the Big Top!

I’m Steve Sauder

Ever feel like not working. That was me yesterday, so I didn’t. Well I did not do much. My Something to Think About reflects my lack of effort. You could say it is a “throw away” piece.It’s about toilet paper. It came in an email about “Toilet Paper Trivia,” so these facts must be true.

The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China.
By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.
Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the United States until 1857.
The man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet.
Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day. That’s 10 million trees a year.

It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise “Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.”
Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.

Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip.
The average roll has 333 sheets.
In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as preferable to toilet paper.

In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn’t, until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.
In 1996, President Clinton passed a “Toilet Paper Tax” of 6 cents per roll, which is still in effect today.
The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.

The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova it’s three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green.
Beyoncé uses only red Renova toilet paper.  Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.

If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top.
When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.

Toilet paper before food? That’s like putting the cart before the……naw I’m Steve Sauder.

High School graduations are more memorable for some than others. Students at the prestigious Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, likely will remember theirs for some time.

The speaker was John Roberts, yes Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts and the father of one of their classmates.

Pretty cool to have someone like that to speak, but his message likely shook these kids from silver spoon families up just a bit.

Here are the main points from his talk:

“From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.

I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted.

I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”

Roberts went on in the speech to typical commencement speech fare, telling the students to avoid becoming complacent with themselves. “In a certain sense,” Roberts said, "you should not be yourself, you should try to become something better.”

Roberts has practiced what he preached on the bench having voted with the more liberal side on occasion especially in holding up parts of the Affordable Care Act we know as Obama-care.

You may or may not agree with our Chief Justice on things involving the Supreme Court, but I’m guessing most of us think his talk with these graduating high school seniors was “right on!”

          I’m Steve Sauder