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Letter to the Editor Asking DeWitt County Board to Support Tradewind Energy's Alta Farms Wind Project

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Communities much like ours throughout Illinois are benefitting from wind farm development and the jobs and tax dollars they bring with them. Nearby communities have improved their schools and are actually keeping some of their kids in the community because for the first time in a long time there are good-paying jobs available to them.

 

We have the same opportunity here in DeWitt County. Following years of obstructionist behavior from a small handful of our neighbors, our County Board has an opportunity on July 14 to move our county forward and approve Tradewind Energy’s Alta Farms application.

 

The time is now for our community to start realizing the same benefits as our neighbors.

 

Please support Alta Farms.


Sincerely, 
Vincent Peters 
Clinton Il 
 

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Letter to the Editor from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

It is the mission of Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL) to empower persons with low income and aged by creating and implementing poverty fighting initiatives for those in crisis and those that endeavor a lifetime of lasting independence.  Currently we find ourselves amid two crises that that have dramatic physical and social implications.

 

As we continue to battle the COVID-19 health pandemic, we are also acutely aware that the conversation of race and its role in our societal interactions and civil systems is an issue of grave importance. CAPCIL joins this conversation by uniting with local, state, and national leaders in denouncing discrimination of any kind on the basis of race.

 

We also join our leaders in denouncing lawlessness and campaigns for anarchy. They are equal in their destruction to the fabric of our society and counterintuitive to the CAPCIL’s objective of partnering to find solutions that raise all residents of our communities

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The wisdom found in our rich and colorful history reminds us that at our core, we as Americans value all people, and that, “…all men/women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”(US Declaration of Independence, 1776)  While we wholly believe that these rights are absolute in nature, CAPCIL also acknowledges that our understanding of these sentiments have evolved for the better over time. These principles are not inherently or systemically racist.

 

These are inclusive and freeing ideals that belong to all Americans and transcend the daily news cycle. Today we are engaging in uncomfortable conversations around the dinner table, in our places of business, at the neighborhood coffee shop, in our classrooms, and within our public offices. These complicated conversations are nurturing a better understanding of how we can and must continue our traditions of celebrating both our differences and commonalities as one people. That is good for us. It is good for our communities and all those who live in them.


Community Action envisions a resilient community where we work as collaborators to raise up the marginalized and vulnerable populations. We advocate for an intentional and planned devotion of time and resources.  Helping people, changing lives is our promise.

 

That promise doesn’t change with skin color, zip code, educational attainment, gender, disability, or religious beliefs.  But we cannot achieve this great feat through divisiveness and disunity.  CAPCIL chooses to take this moment to lead, to love one another, to listen and to speak.

 

Submitted by 

Breann Titus 

Director of Agency Development

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL)

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Letter to the Editor: Newberg's Folly

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 8, 2020

Correction submitted and posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

First, do no harm.

 

The citizens of DeWitt County, who are unlucky enough to be in the footprint of the proposed wind farm, are asked to suffer and sacrifice so Chairman of the County Board, Dave Newberg, and his group of YES votes, will have another stream of income for the County.  None of these six County Board members voting YES have homes located near proposed wind towers.

 

These are no ordinary wind turbines.  Some are 599 feet high, only 31 feet shorter than the St. Louis Arch, and there are lots of them.  There is only one St. Louis Arch, and it does not make noise, blink red lights at night continuously, or send giant moving shadow flickers across the countryside.  

 

What about the lives at risk of the people downwind from the wind farm who will be without the Doppler early warning system for tornado activity? The Doppler radar would be obscured by the wind turbine blade activity. 

 

Aren’t these DeWitt County residents’ lives valuable? 

 

One Board member told me that the wind farm project income stream was “for the greater good.” And what is “the greater good”?  Are we choosing money over public safety?

 

Speaking of money, we now know that the Clinton Schools will not get a very significant sum of money from the wind farm because we have been blessed for many years by the income from the power plant and the State of Illinois formula for school funding limits the wind farm subsidy to the schools.

 

It is just plain wrong to approve the Special Use Permit on July 14 without a mutually agreed upon decommissioning plan in place before the vote. In addition, we can’t trust Tradewind Energy to “pursue” a system that stops those never-ending blinking red lights at night (when aircraft are not in the area of the towers.)
 
We have precedence for selling out DeWitt County. Years ago, the Board sold the landfill and lost control of that.  The landfill, now operated by Area Disposal Corporation, is located over the Mahomet aquifer that supplies water to several adjoining counties, and has risen to the heights of “Mount Clinton” and keeps growing!  Garbage comes in from many states. 

 

We need to stop selling our County off to the highest bidder.


In the future, every time we look at these turbines built in the western part of DeWitt County, we need to remember Newberg’s Folly, and the legacy of grabbing the money instead of protecting our friends and neighbors in the footprint of this foreign-owned wind farm.  

 

Mary Pat Killian
Clinton, IL 

 

 

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Letter to the Editor on Compassion Fatigue

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Compassion fatigue is when we tire of hearing about people who are suffering. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey saw millions of dollars in aid sent to Houston before Hurricane Irma struck Florida. Like popular trends, disasters acquire a “flavor of the week” status until the next one arrives.

 

This doesn’t make us an uncaring society. Sometimes there’s more tragedy than we can process.

We overload on more than just compassion. My generation’s (baby boomer) first taste of war news coverage was Vietnam. Our only connection to both World Wars and Korea was through text books, movies and older family members. The nightly American combat death count introduced us to bad news fatigue.

 

When Governor Pritzker announced our lockdown in March, his tone turned solemn when he announced Illinois’ first COVID-19 death. Now, more than 7,000 deaths later, how do we comprehend such loss? My best answer is that we feel bad for those directly affected, be thankful it wasn’t us, and move on.

 

While Pritzker spoke, I wondered what the reaction would be if/when the U.S. approached a million COVID-19 deaths. I’m guessing we’ll react the same way we did to the Vietnam casualties report: we will have conditioned ourselves to receive bad news.

 

On the popular 1960s “Dragnet” TV series, with detectives Friday and Gannon at a murder scene, a fellow policeman would remark, “I guess you guys get used to this.” Friday’s grim response was “You never get USED to it.”

 

Except, we do.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois

 

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Station Editorial to Illinois Government: What Were You Thinking?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 3, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.

 

The title of this editorial is:  What were you thinking?

 

The Illinois General Assembly in late May, passed and Governor J-B Pritzker signed, a 42-billion dollar budget that has a shortfall of some 7-point-4 billion dollars.  The Illinois Constitution says they are to collectively pass a balanced budget.  What were you thinking?

 

Legislators and the Governor have relied on several lines they've used with the media for weeks.  Line # 1 is "well, it's due to the coronavirus so we'll just borrow it from the Federal Reserve."  Well, borrowed money DOES have to be paid back...doesn't it?

 

What were you thinking?

 

Line # 2 is when reporters have asked Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, why they didn't cut state spending, which is also what Republicans were asking.  Their response has been to hide behind first responders and school kids by saying what we're calling Line # 2:  "Well, Republicans are for cutting funding to first responders and our schools, and we're not about to do that."

 

My response to line # 2 is:  You mean to tell me that in a 42-billion dollar budget, it all goes to fund first responders and school kids?  I don't think so.  They don't want to cut ANYTHING that might affect their re-election.

 

What were you thinking?

 

And, Democrats are also touting that we need to, quote, "make the rich pay for their fair share", unquote, by passing the progessive income tax.  The problem with that, which we'll call Line # 3, is that they know better. There aren't enough fat cats left in the state, to make up a 7-point-4 billion dollar budget shortfall.  Many high income earners have left Illinois for states with little or no state income tax. And, in the end, you know the progressive tax will end up being paid by all of us.

What were you thinking?

 

That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is:  editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial on Moving to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 26, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.

Well, the state of Illinois has moved to Phase 4 of Governor J-B Pritzker’s 5 phases established to re-open the state following the coronavirus outbreak.

I have a compliment and a complaint for the Governor.

My compliment is that COVID-19 cases across the state are far less right now, than other populous states in the country that are seeing a spike, and for that, we’re grateful.

My complaint is that when he established 4 regions of the state on May First, saying he would allow each region to move to the next phase depending on the data, it never happened.  He treated the state as one.

A WCIA-TV Freedom of Information Act request for data, proves the point.  Their investigation said based on data it obtained from the Illinois Department of Public Health, our region should have moved thru phases sooner because Central Illinois never got above the positive testing rate of 20 percent which was the I-D-P-H benchmark for a region to move.  Data showed our region never got above 8 percent, and that was on April 2nd.

That investigation further shows that even as Chicagoland area hospitals saw the state’s largest surge in Coronavirus-related admissions, once the Governor issued his Stay-at-Home order, the medical facilities there remained above the 14 percent threshold of available ICU beds, medical and surgery beds and ventilators throughout the last several months.

The WCIA-TV investigation further shows downstate hospitals never came close to hitting the 14 percent low-water mark, being well above 30 percent availability for ventilators and beds since late March.

Hindsight is always 20-20, but the last 4 months from my perspective was nothing more than a power grab by the Governor.  And, with any politician, once they’ve got power, it’s difficult for them to let go.

That’s our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial With Some Observations

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 10, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.

 

As we endure the remaining days of being in the Restore Illinois "Phase 3" recovery following the coronavirus outbreak, here are some random observations.

 

Observation # 1:  All the numbers I've been hearing and seeing about our Central Illinois region that Governor Pritzker designated, show that we should have moved to "Phase 4" weeks ago.  While he announced May First that the state would be broken into 4 regions to observe data and then follow the 5 phases he outlined, apparently minutes after his announcement he forgot about it.  The only reason he broke the state into 4 regions was to appease downstaters and Republicans.

 

Observation # 2:  As of June 10th, the statewide recovery rate from the Illinois Department of Public Health web site, is 92-percent.  That's 92-percent.  We shut down the entire Illinois economy despite a 92-percent statewide recovery rate.

 

Observation # 3:  Based on many other states that have re-opened, it appears that their economies are rebounding and getting back to normal.  I've told a lot of people recently that I don't want us to get to a "new normal."  I want our communities to get back to normal.  And, it IS possible.

 

Finally, observation # 4: I want to THANK the hundreds of you that are patronizing our local businesses--the car dealers, furniture stores, restaurants offering carry-out or drive-thru food, and other businesses that were allowed to re-open May 28th.  We're encouraging our local businesses to lead the GREATEST COMEBACK OF ALL TIME, and YOU can help make that happen.  The survival of our local businesses in our small towns, depends on ALL of us to spend money LOCALLY where it counts...many times over! 

 

Let's all look ahead to the coming days, weeks, and months, with a sense of anticipation and excitement, as we together work to keep our small town way of life.

 

That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial: Welcome to Phase 3...and Shop LOCAL

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 29, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, we're into Governor Pritzker's Phase 3 of his "Restore Illinois" plan following the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Businesses except restaurants and bars are now open, as long as they use the CDC and state guidelines for capacity, social distancing, and require customers to wear masks.

 

I gotta tell you, it's been a LONG time coming to get to this point.  Our region flattened the curve weeks ago and should have re-opened, but that's now water under the bridge.

 

I'd like to point out a couple of things.

 

First, states all around Illinois have opened restaurants and bars, again with guidelines for capacity, social distancing, and having all employees wear masks.  Cleaning is extensive and frequent.  I know all this, because May 23rd, my wife and I dined at a restaurant in St. Peter, Missouri, which opened to dine-in in mid-May.  And, on Memorial Day, we traveled to Terre Haute, Indiana, and dined-in at a restaurant there.  

 

In both cases, half the tables were blocked from being used, all employees were wearing masks, and extensive cleaning was taking place.  In both restaurants, my wife and I felt comfortable.  Our restaurants in our listening areas could do the same thing...if allowed to.   Otherwise, as I've shared in past editorials, many of our local restaurants and bars will never re-open.

 

My 2nd point is one I hope you'll follow.  With our local businesses re-opening, you and I need to patronize them to help them get back to normal.  Most have lost money, a lot of money, and to keep them in our communities, we need to SHOP LOCAL.  Remember, the money you spend locally turns over multiple times in our local economy, and that helps everyone.

 

We're calling this re-opening "The Greatest Comeback of All Time" to encourage YOU to shop LOCAL, and to encourage our local businesses that we have their back.  Let's show them how much we value and appreciate them by spending money LOCALLY.   That will help keep our small town way of life going for you, and for the next generation.

 

Shop LOCAL, and let's help our local businesses make "The Greatest Comeback of All Time."

That's our opinion....we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Special Meeting

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 28, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

To the DeWitt County Board

 

In all my life, and I suspect the majority of the folks on this call tonight,  I have never experienced a time of so much uncertainty. It most definitely has had a profound impact in the way we go about our lives, and the spectrum of emotions that each of us in DeWitt County have endured over the past couple of months.

 

For some the emotions spawn from the fear that they themselves and/or their loved ones may contract the COVID19 virus, which in some cases would be life threatening. 

 

Each day that passes in Illinois under the dictatorship through the Executive Orders from the Governor of IL,  our friends and families are more disfranchised with the unknown, our government and how much of our lives may be permanently altered once we return to the new normal.

 

There have been many shining examples come to light in the recent days from surrounding counties and local governments that are taking a stance for their residents. These county officials have been working hard to make sure that they are protecting the interest of their counties. 

 

So it’s with these aforementioned statements about all the concerns and uncertainties of all our local hard working residents, along decisions around postponement of ZBA and RPC meetings, it has me wondering…

 

What was the criterium, the rational, the thought process that went in to determining that the special board meeting to simply vote on the approval of a Special Use Permit on June 2,  for a foreign owned energy conglomerate,  superseded, and took prioritization over working together as ONE Dewitt County to figure out how we get back to our new normal as soon as possible…

 

The DeWitt County Board, the elected servant leaders for DeWitt County owe a response to the residents… Why Not DeWitt County First??

 
DeWitt County Resident

Aaron Kammeyer

Clinton, IL 61727

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Station Editorial On Lockdown, Moving to Phase 3

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 27, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, the countdown is on to this Friday, when Governor Pritzker's Phase 3 of his "Restore Illinois" plan after the coronavirus outbreak re-opens pretty much everything except restaurants and bars.  Social distancing and masks will be required, but it'll be the first step in our state getting back to normal.

 

Some random thoughts as we look to Friday and the days thereafter.  

 

A study by JP Morgan Chase, an investment firm which isn't liberal or conservative, has come out stating that lockdowns nationwide likely failed to alter the course of the pandemic.  

 

They added infection rates continued to decline virtually everywhere once familiar routines were resumed which indicates the disease's spread may have been diminished by factors as increased hand-washing and sanitizing, the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere and the fact that the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 had already contracted it.

 

They added that lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than COVID-19 itself. 

 

Apply that to what Illinois is going thru right now, and it doesn't take you long to figure out that, based on our region flattening the curve weeks ago, we could move to Phase 4 or even Phase 5 using common sense.

 

Let's get back to moving to Phase 3 on Friday.  We're calling the re-opening of businesses in our small communities "The Greatest Comeback of All Time" to encourage YOU to shop our local businesses, AND to show how much confidence we have IN our local businesses.  Let's re-start our small town economies together by shopping LOCAL!  

 

That's our opinion....we welcome yours!  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial On Governor Not Allowing Local Governments to Re-Open Downstate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 17, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.

 

You may remember in my last editorial I wrote May 10th, I proposed that Governor Pritzker allow counties, cities or other local units of government, to follow his 5-phase re-opening plan NOW rather than waiting for the Executive Order to expire May 30th.    

 

Since that time, numerous downstate counties and cities have passed resolutions allowing those in their juristiction to open, or have gotten assurances their state's attorney won't prosecute those going against the Governor's Executive Order.  And many downstate businesses, have gone ahead and re-opened.

 

While all this has been going on, the Governor, when asked what he will do with these entities, threatened to withhold any federal or state funds going to local governments that defy his Order, and any business licensed by the state defying his Order, will have their license revoked.

 

As I have stated several times, downstate counties flattened the curve weeks ago, and the further south you go in the state, the more they've flattened the curve.

 

Not allowing our small town way of life to resume in the communities we serve, threatens the economic viability of continuing that way of life.  Many of our local small businesses have closed, and will never re-open.  Others are literally on life support.

 

The Governor had an opportunity to get ahead of this and show some leadership.  He didn't, and as a result, many local governments and businesses downstate are doing it on their own, despite the Governor's threats.

 

This does not have a happy ending for anyone.  Keeping things closed doesn't work. Had the Governor told downstate local governments to follow the 5-phase protocol NOW, would have been the right thing to do.  He didn't.  So, now you have countless counties, cities and towns re-opening on their own with their own plans, despite his threats.  This isn't leadership.

 

To those not able to feed their families, and local businesses struggling to exist, this isn't about phases.  This is about survival RIGHT NOW.

 

That our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial on Allowing Local Governments to Re-Open Downstate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 10, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president. 

 

Since Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker released his plan called "Restore Illinois" on May 5th to re-open the state in 5 phases after the coronavirus outbreak, we've heard him tout this plan a lot in his daily news conferences.  That day, and every day since, he has continued to say that data, science, and public health experts, determine when each of the 4 health regions he designated across the state, will open. 

 

While he threw downstate legislators and residents a bone with his "Restore Illinois" regional approach to re-opening the state, what's concerning to us is the bar he set for each region to open, is so high, that some regions may not open for weeks or months. 

 

And, in Regional Radio listening area, he included several metro areas including Springfield, Decatur, and Champaign, that have seen larger numbers of cases and deaths, making our region's data more challenging to hit the Restore Illinois benchmark before re-opening. 

 

The thing I have YET to hear from the Governor in all his daily grandstanding, is WHEN he will allow a more local approach to re-opening our counties' economies.  There is no better government in our estimation, than LOCAL government.  

 

Why not let our rural counties, cities and towns, use the "Restore Illinois" 5-phase plan on a LOCAL basis, again using common sense and data from each of those local areas.  Who knows better what's going on with the health and well being of local residents, than governments in counties, cities, and villages? 

 

In the counties we serve, we've already lost some small businesses that will never re-open, and we're doing major harm to those that hanging on.   Our rural counties flattened the curve weeks ago.  Let those that know their residents the best on the local level, determine when and how our communities will re-open. 

 

How much longer will we inflect irreparable harm on our small town way of life? 

The clock is ticking. 

 

That's our opinion....we welcome yours. 

 

Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Letter to the Editor on Coronavirus and Washington

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Lee Atwater, the late political consultant, had a talent coveted by George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign team: he directed negative attention away from Bush. In 1988, George Bush Sr., a thoughtful writer of handwritten letters, was deemed too decent a person to suggest that Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis was responsible for felon Willie Horton committing rape while furloughed from prison. Bush was just too nice, but Atwater? No problem.

During the 1988 presidential campaign Dukakis, commenting on Reagan White House scandals said, ”There’s an old Greek saying: ‘The fish rots from the head first. It starts at the top.” President Reagan shrugged it off, but Atwater, with righteous indignation, lashed out in an interview as if the quote was directed at him personally.  It was pure theater that would have made the current White House team proud.

Mark Twain reputedly said “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Enter campaign 2020.

George Bush Sr., a reluctant mudslinger himself, had just enough conscience flexibility to hire those with fewer qualms: Karl Rove, John Sununu, and Atwater. There’s too much difference between George Bush Sr. and President Trump to suggest history is repeating itself, but I think I found a figurative rhyme with Lee Atwater: Peter Navarro.

After a recent coronavirus meeting, Navarro, current trade negotiator, had an argument with immunologist Anthony Fauci over a drug. Why would a trade negotiator be involved in such a discussion? Doesn’t matter. He’s a good lightning rod.

After the 2018 G7 meeting, Navarro said of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader who engages in bad faith…” Lee Atwater would be impressed.

Will Navarro eventually transition to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager? Stranger things have happened.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Il 60143

 

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Letter to the Editor on Coronavirus and Washington

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Lee Atwater, the late political consultant, had a talent coveted by George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign team: he directed negative attention away from Bush. In 1988, George Bush Sr., a thoughtful writer of handwritten letters, was deemed too decent a person to suggest that Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis was responsible for felon Willie Horton committing rape while furloughed from prison. Bush was just too nice, but Atwater? No problem.

During the 1988 presidential campaign Dukakis, commenting on Reagan White House scandals said, ”There’s an old Greek saying: ‘The fish rots from the head first. It starts at the top.” President Reagan shrugged it off, but Atwater, with righteous indignation, lashed out in an interview as if the quote was directed at him personally.  It was pure theater that would have made the current White House team proud.

Mark Twain reputedly said “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Enter campaign 2020.

George Bush Sr., a reluctant mudslinger himself, had just enough conscience flexibility to hire those with fewer qualms: Karl Rove, John Sununu, and Atwater. There’s too much difference between George Bush Sr. and President Trump to suggest history is repeating itself, but I think I found a figurative rhyme with Lee Atwater: Peter Navarro.

After a recent coronavirus meeting, Navarro, current trade negotiator, had an argument with immunologist Anthony Fauci over a drug. Why would a trade negotiator be involved in such a discussion? Doesn’t matter. He’s a good lightning rod.

After the 2018 G7 meeting, Navarro said of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader who engages in bad faith…” Lee Atwater would be impressed.

Will Navarro eventually transition to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager? Stranger things have happened.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Il 60143

 

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Station Editorial On Governor's "Restore Illinois" Does Nothing for Downstate Small Businesses

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 6, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker on May 5th, after continuing pressure from downstate legislators and residents, announced a plan he's calling "Restore Illinois" to open up the state by region, based on 6 phases.  Each region earning the right to open based on a set of data-based criteria.

 

While on the surface, it sounds great, his "Restore Illinois" plan has these problems:

 

Problem 1--he designed only 4 regions in the entire state--northeast, north central, central, and southern.  These are HUGE regions with not only LOTS of small communities, but several METRO areas where covid-19 has been more prevelent.  This will make it more difficult for such a huge region to open soon.

 

Problem 2--while the Governor left it up to the Illinois Department of Public Health to "officially" open a region based on a set of data they'll be posting on their web site, he apparently feels that this is his way of avoiding blame for not opening up the state sooner than later.

 

Problem 3--and this one is the most troubling.  He claims that, despite the phase criteria, the soonest any region can open is May 29th, which is one day before his most recent Executive Order expires.

 

While the Governor threw small businesses a bone on May First by allowing retail businesses to take orders and have customers pickup outside their door, or have the product delivered, it does NOTHING to provide real relief to the thousands of small businesses that either remain closed, or can't sustain their business by taking orders and having customers do pickup.

 

We've received reports of some small businesses around the state going ahead and opening, taking safety measures like masks, gloves, and social distancing, because they're saying if they don't open now, their families won't eat and otherwise they'll lose everything and close for good.

 

As I've been saying for weeks, our rural counties have "flattened the curve" and need to re-open NOW.  

 

So, Governor, while your "Restore Illinois" plan sounds good, it doesn't provide ANY relief to rural counties where small businesses are in DIRE need to re-open in a responsible manner.

 

That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial on Governor Pritzker's Phases to Open State By Region

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 5, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.

 

Thanks to a combination of efforts from downstate legislators and the public, Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker on May 5th during his daily news conference, outlined a plan to re-open the entire state after the coronavirus outbreak caused the Governor to issue a Stay at Home order on March 20, that remains in effect thru May 30th.

 

His "Restore Illinois" plan calls for the state to be re-opened based on dividing the state into eleven regions, then monitoring the deaths, cases, and hospital beds used in each of those regions.  As those numbers go down, a specific region will then move to the next phase.

 

You can find the "Restore Illinois" plan to re-open the state, by clicking that icon at taylorvilledailynews.com or dewittdailynews.com.

 

The Governor also authorized the Illinois Department of Public Health, to make decisions on what regions can go to which phases.  We're told their web site will show the curves of each region, so residents can see how close or how far away they are from moving to the next phase.

 

While this can be construed as wanting to avoid blame for not opening regions too soon or not soon enough, it at least gives Illinois residents a path to open their region when certain criteria are met.

 

With the entire state in Phase 2 of his "Restore Illinois" plan, it won't take much for the 2 regions that our counties represent, to move to Phase 3, which opens retail, barber shops, salons, offices, and manufacturing with capacity and other limits and precautions.  Gatherings of no more than 10 are also allowed, and face coverings and social distancing will be the norm.

 

We CAN get our regions opened, if we do 2 things:  First, continue to follow the C-D-C guidelines on limiting contact with others as much as possible, to continue to flatten the curve in our 2 regions.  Secondly, continue to put pressure on the Governor, making him realize that many regions and counties had few cases and few or no deaths, asking WHY those areas can't move to Phase 3 NOW.

 

Listeners, it's up to us to help flatten the curve, AND to keep the heat on the Governor.  Our future is in OUR hands.

 

That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Letter to the Editor from State Senator Bill Brady

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

For more than a month now, Illinois residents and small business owners have followed the necessary public health recommendations to stay home in order to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.  During these unprecedented times, Illinoisans have stepped-up to do what they can to protect their loved ones and their communities.

 

Now, residents are being asked to continue that fight through May 30 as the Governor has extended his stay-at-home order for another 30 days.

 

I was pleased the Governor's stay-at-home extension contained recommendations submitted by Senate Republicans that will ease some of the onerous restrictions on small businesses, essential health care procedures, and state parks. This will allow residents the opportunity to avail themselves of these activities and services while maintaining the proper social-distancing protocols.

 

However, one area not included in this extension was a regional, phased-in reopening of our state.  Downstate communities, while following the proper social distancing guidelines, are not seeing the same number of cases, but they're suffering just the same (and if not more) economically.

 

Thirty days is a long time, and the Governor has said the peak could be reached by the end of this month or early May.  He must continue to monitor the data with the hope that we can ease restrictions before his May 30 deadline if it is safe to do so.  Until there is a vaccination, we need to realize COVID-19 is our new normal.  As a result, it is imperative we address how all businesses, essential or otherwise, are allowed to open and operate safely.

 

Our residents have been diligently doing their part to fight the COVID-19 virus.  Now, it is incumbent on their elected leaders, and most importantly, their Governor, to put forward a plan to re-open our state.   Illinois Senate Republicans stand ready to return to Springfield and work with the governor on the timely and important issues facing Illinois and its residents.?

 

State Senator Bill Brady

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Editorial 2.0 on Governor Pritzker's Extension of Stay at Home Order til May 30

EDITORIAL

Posted April 29, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president, thanking those of you who have e-mail'ed, called, texted, even yelled across the yard in my neighborhood, supporting my last editorial asking why Governor Pritzker hasn't re-opened downstate Illinois on a region by region or county by county basis. 


Here are some observations. 

 

Fact one:  Downstate counties flattened the coronavirus case and death curve, weeks ago.  The further south you go, the fewer cases and deaths there have been over the past month. 

 

Fact 2:  Some LOCAL health care professionals I've talked to, are fearful they'll be laid off because no one is going to clinics, doctors, or hospitals, for non-life threatening medical care. Nationally, this could COLLAPSE the greatest health care delivery system in the world.

 

Fact 3:  In an April 27th interview, Taylorville Memorial Hospital CEO Kim Bourne told our WTIM Morning Show, she knows of people whose symptoms were made worse by postponing going to the Emergency Room, for fear they may contract the coronavirus. 

 

Fact 4:  Even the Governor of Colorado, a Democrat, on April 27 went from a "Stay At Home" order to a "Safer at Home" order with guidance on how health care and businesses can re-open safely without fear of spreading the coronavirus. 

 

Fact 5:  In reacting to the lawsuit to lift Illinois' Stay at Home order brought by a downstate Republican State Representative, we downstaters were insulted by the Governor, talked down do, and basically told not to question his Stay at Home order, for fear we'll be the ones responsible for killing more people due to the coronavirus. 

 

Fact 6:  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on May First is re-opening 77 of their 99 counties.  Yes, she did it by county.

 

Fact 7:  New York City Doctor Daniel Murphy, an E-R doctor in the Bronx, says testing should happen along with the immediate re-opening of the economy and getting people back to work. 

 

Finally, Fact 8:  Both the Democrats and Republicans have politicized the coronavirus outbreak to avoid blame if the epidemic would have killed thousands, scaring people to shop and get medical care.  Now they want to hang onto their new powers. 

 

As I said before, this madness has to got STOP.  Where is common sense?  That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Editorial on Governor's Extension of Stay At Home Order Until May 30

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  On April 23rd, Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker extended his Coronavirus Stay at Home Order until May 30th.  

 

Little changed from his previous Stay at Home Order, with the exception of having to wear a mask when leaving your home, being able to go to State Parks, and calling greenhouses and garden centers as essential.

 

The glaring thing that's MISSING in the April 23rd announcement, was any recognition that 91% of the cases and deaths have been in Chicago and the collar counties.  91%.

 

Why do we downstaters again feel like the "tail is wagging the dog"?   All the experts the Governor marched out to speak in his April 23rd extension, were from CHICAGO.  NONE were from downstate.

 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health's own web site, there are many downstate counties outside of metro areas, that have few cases and deaths, and the further south you go, the less the numbers are.

 

One Illinois State Representative from deep southern Illinois, has resorted to filing a lawsuit against the Governor claiming he exceeded his authority in his Emergency Order closing non-essential businesses around the state.

 

I have e-mail'ed the Governor, our state senators and state representatives, telling all of them that 
there was NO consideration for the LOW number of downtstate coronavirus cases, in the Governor's Order.

 

Outside of downstate metro areas, there are FEW and in many cases NONE.


In the meantime, small businesses across the state are literally closing by the day, affecting the quality of life in the communities our radio stations serve.


When will the Governor look at this from a region by region or county by county basis?  


By the time he does open things up downstate, he'll have lost thousands of local businesses that our listeners depend on, not to mention the additional loss of state retail sales tax revenue.


When will this madness end?

 

That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial-at-randyradio-dot-com.

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Editorial on Current Status of US and Illinois Economy

EDITORIAL

Posted April 14, 2020

 

This is a Station Editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, Station President.


This is an open letter to U-S President Donald Trump, and Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker, that's being sent to both electronically.


Mr. President and Governor, 


We are not doctors and we are not political leaders, and we respect you as our elected leader but we are confused. 


Every day we see our fellow state citizens filing for unemployment. Every day we see car dealerships and all small businesses wondering how to survive. 


All because we are under the Illinois Governor's Stay at Home order, with limited exceptions.


All to slow the spread of the deadly COVID 19 virus, but at the same time destroying the very fabric of society. 


What do we not understand?


Every day millions of your citizens are going to grocery stores. Before the virus, more people went to grocery stores on a daily basis than visited all other businesses in the state combined.


With the existing "stay at home" Illinois Executive Order set to expire on April 30th, why can't you direct Illinois residents to protect their health and use common sense to visit local businesses after that time?  Why can't our car dealerships, furniture stores and local shops re-open at that time using face coverings and gloves?  None of these businesses have as many as one one thousandth the visitors per day as a grocery store. 


Yes – more stringent rules for restaurants. Yes more stringent rules for offices. We are not suggesting you open schools or places of mass gatherings.


But, Mr. President and Mr. Governor, it is time to understand that with the Illinois Executive Order expiring April 30th--with proper safeguards--our local small businesses are safer than the local grocery store. Let them save our economy – SAFELY.


And, a final thought. We are thankful in all ways for our neighbors who work day in and day out at our grocery stores and at the essential businesses in our community. We are beyond thankful for you = we blessed everyday for your presence and fortitude. Thank you and God bless you. 


That's our opinion...we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial-at-randyradio-dot-com.

 

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Editorial on Coronavirus Outbreak and How to Respond To It

EDITORIAL

Posted March 21, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, company president.  As the coronavirus outbreak disrupts the routine of our world, our country, and our families, here are a few things to remember.

First of all, for your own well-being as well as for the well-being of your children and family, try to keep as much of your family routine as possible.  Yes, that's not totally possible with the kiddos out of school, but it'll help YOUR mental health and attitude, and your children's, by keeping your family in as much of a regular routine as possible.

Go thru your favorite fast food drive-up, pull your young children or grandchildren around the block in their red wagon, and let older kids ride their bikes.  Just remember to practice social distancing between you and others to lessen or eliminate the chance of trading germs.

Another thing to remember is, that this is an even BETTER time to shop your LOCAL businesses in the community you live in.  They've been there for you when they've ordered that special item you asked for, that special cut of meat, and the donation you asked for when your kids' organization needed money.  Local businesses need all of us, now MORE than ever, and we should ALL be thankful we have LOCAL retailers in our communities.

Local grocery stores  are selling food, and local pharmacies have medical supplies--nearby and easily accessible.  Local restaurants offer hot nourishing meals for takeout and delivery options, some offering curbside pickup, delivery, and online options as well.  Local businesses are crucial at a time like this—and so is your support.  Stay calm, stay informed.  Wash your hands, practice social distancing, but support your local businesses.

Lastly, not that we shouldn't be doing this anyway, but look to whatever Higher Being you believe in, and pray.  God shouldn't just be in our lives in the bad times, but in the good times, too.  Check on your own relationship with whatever God you believe in.  He is the ultimate Father who will get the world, our country, and our families thru this time.

My favorite Bible verse is Phillippians 4:13, in which the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Phillippi: "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me."  Our ultimate strength to get thru life on earth, is thru whatever Higher Being you believe in.  Now would be a good time to establish or re-establish that relationship.

We'll get thru this, as we have many other challenges before, because of our faith, our family, and our friends.  Give your family a hug today.

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Wind Farm Vote

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 15, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I am a DeWitt Co. resident writing to voice my, and my family's support regarding the proposed special use permit for wind energy here.  There are so many reasons this concept makes sense. 

 

This project is in jeopardy due to a group of residents in opposition.  They have used fear as a basis for their platform, among other arguments including the unsightliness of the towers.  I would like to remind residents of all the benefits to this project. 

 

Some of the biggest being revenue for the county, money for the school district, decreasing the dependence on nuclear power and shifting to a greener energy.  With the upcoming election in mind, there are some forward thinking candidates running for county office. 

 

Please vote for Jay Wickenhauser, Cole Ritter, and David Newberg in each appropriate district. 

 

Let’s utilize our common sense and support the future.   

  
Sincerely,

Brigitte Lamar

Clinton, IL

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Letter to the Editor: Response to Barbara McMath's Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 14, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is in response to Barbara McMath’s letter on 3/10/2020. Mrs. McMath compared the new candidates to some members of the county board that nearly ran DeWitt County into the ground from 2010-2014. “Poor leadership led our county to public embarrassment and near bankruptcy” is what Mrs. McMath wrote. She claims the new candidates aren’t experienced leaders and could ruin the county.


The new candidates running in the Republican primary were leaders BEFORE they even signed up to run for office. These candidates were qualified financially to run a business or organization BEFORE they signed up to run for office.


Jamie Prestegaard has a degree in Agriculture & Economics. He’s involved with commodity price risk management for his place of employment. This entails analyzing commodity markets while developing an effective hedge strategy to maintain company profitability. Mr. Prestegaard has sat on the Waynesville Township board since 2009 serving as a both a trustee and (currently) township clerk.


Aaron Kammeyer has an Agribusiness degree and has been Board President of the group that has helped make Warner Hospital profitable. Mr. Kammeyer has helped make the hospital financially stable, which has led to expanded programs and better facilities. He also has experience being the treasurer of the Clinton Fire Department.


Buck Carter has been a county board member before. He also has experience on the CUSD 15 school board where he helped create and oversee the school budget. Mr. Carter also has experience negotiating with the local teachers’ union for salary and benefits.


Steve Oswald has a degree in Business Administration. He has managed businesses with budgets between 3-17 million dollars. Mr. Oswald is currently on the school board where is on the transportation committee, one of the largest parts of the school district’s budget.


Megan Myers has a degree in Management and Information Systems. Mrs. Myers is part of a global operations team focused on identifying and implementing best practices along with managing change to meet today’s business challenges. She is also on the finance committee for the Clinton Community Educational Foundation.


Thomas Koshinski manages payroll for a successful business in Clinton. Mr. Koshinski also has experience with internal audits in a business setting. He is interested in seeing an audit of the county’s finances to make sure taxpayer money is allocated appropriately. 


I believe that each new candidate is concerned about the present and future financial state of the county. Candidates this qualified in the financial sector would not run for office if they did not have concern about the financial state of DeWitt County.


I ask that Mrs. McMath and others who feel the same as her stick to debating policy. If you and others want to debate the special use permit process, roads, bridges, public safety, the marina, taxes, the proposed windfarm, or anything else, please contact the candidates.

 

Trying to link these candidates to “poor leadership” and “bankruptcy” is a mistake and it’s the furthest from the truth.


Jim Rhoades
Kenney, IL

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Letter to the Editor: Response to Barbara McMath's Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 14, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is in response to Barbara McMath’s letter on 3/10/2020. Mrs. McMath compared the new candidates to some members of the county board that nearly ran DeWitt County into the ground from 2010-2014. “Poor leadership led our county to public embarrassment and near bankruptcy” is what Mrs. McMath wrote. She claims the new candidates aren’t experienced leaders and could ruin the county.


The new candidates running in the Republican primary were leaders BEFORE they even signed up to run for office. These candidates were qualified financially to run a business or organization BEFORE they signed up to run for office.


Jamie Prestegaard has a degree in Agriculture & Economics. He’s involved with commodity price risk management for his place of employment. This entails analyzing commodity markets while developing an effective hedge strategy to maintain company profitability. Mr. Prestegaard has sat on the Waynesville Township board since 2009 serving as a both a trustee and (currently) township clerk.


Aaron Kammeyer has an Agribusiness degree and has been Board President of the group that has helped make Warner Hospital profitable. Mr. Kammeyer has helped make the hospital financially stable, which has led to expanded programs and better facilities. He also has experience being the treasurer of the Clinton Fire Department.


Buck Carter has been a county board member before. He also has experience on the CUSD 15 school board where he helped create and oversee the school budget. Mr. Carter also has experience negotiating with the local teachers’ union for salary and benefits.


Steve Oswald has a degree in Business Administration. He has managed businesses with budgets between 3-17 million dollars. Mr. Oswald is currently on the school board where is on the transportation committee, one of the largest parts of the school district’s budget.


Megan Myers has a degree in Management and Information Systems. Mrs. Myers is part of a global operations team focused on identifying and implementing best practices along with managing change to meet today’s business challenges. She is also on the finance committee for the Clinton Community Educational Foundation.


Thomas Koshinski manages payroll for a successful business in Clinton. Mr. Koshinski also has experience with internal audits in a business setting. He is interested in seeing an audit of the county’s finances to make sure taxpayer money is allocated appropriately. 


I believe that each new candidate is concerned about the present and future financial state of the county. Candidates this qualified in the financial sector would not run for office if they did not have concern about the financial state of DeWitt County.


I ask that Mrs. McMath and others who feel the same as her stick to debating policy. If you and others want to debate the special use permit process, roads, bridges, public safety, the marina, taxes, the proposed windfarm, or anything else, please contact the candidates.

 

Trying to link these candidates to “poor leadership” and “bankruptcy” is a mistake and it’s the furthest from the truth.


Jim Rhoades
Kenney, IL

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Candidates

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 13, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Letter to the Editor:

This letter is directed to those voters in District A and District C who are still undecided as to which County Board candidates to vote for.  
 
If you are still undecided on who to vote for, then you probably are not affected by the Wind Farm project or you don’t care about it one way or the other.  

 

In my opinion, the opposing non-incumbent candidates were all handpicked for one major reason – to get them elected to the Board and disrupt the Wind Farm project any way they can.  For all those opposed to the Wind Farm project, I’m sure you have already made up your mind to vote for the opposing candidates; and nothing is going to change your mind. 

 

I am a major supporter for the Wind Farm project. So it is no big shock that I support and will vote for all the incumbents who voted for the Wind Farm project the first time around. Similarly, all of the Wind Farm supporters are voting for the incumbents.  

 

But let me put forth another major concern that all the Wind Farm supporters have for making their decision to vote for the incumbents.

 

Hopefully, most of you can remember the years 2010 thru 2014 when inexperienced Board leadership brought major disruption and embarrassment to the Board; and almost led our County to financial ruin. Most of these past Board members were supported by and were members of a group called the Reform Coalition. The Reform Coalition now supports the new opposing candidates, of which some are and were previous members of the Reform Coalition. 

 

David Newberg, Jay Wickenhauser, and Cole Ritter are among the current County Board members that were elected and have faithfully served since those disastrous years. They have helped bring back decorum and respect to the Board; and have guided the County back to financial stability. 

 

Please cast your votes for Dave Newberg, Jay Wickenhauser, and Cole Ritter. They are committed to address and support a lot of the issues more important to you and the residents of DeWitt County than just the Wind Farm project. They have not been afraid to discuss their positions on these issues on the WHOW radio station, unlike the opposition. 

 

Does the opposition have a position on anything other than NO to the Wind Farm project? What is their position on all the other issues that the County Board is responsible for such as – finances, budget, road and bridges, public health and safety, marina, sheriff department, library, ambulance service, animal shelter, etc.?

 

I certainly don’t know. Do you?

 

Roger Fatheree
Clinton, IL

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