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Station Editorial: Guess Who Caused INFLATION?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 6, 2022

 

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

The word INFLATION is one we hear practically every day in the news.
And, of course, both political parties are blaming each other for it.

Truth is, no matter where you go or what you buy, you're feeling its effects.

I want to delve into the WHY we have the inflation rate at plus or minus 10 percent over the past year.  

It's simple economics, capitalism, and the marketplace.

Reason # 1 of 2:  When BOTH parties pass legislation borrowing or printing over 2-trillion, that's trillion with a "T", dollars to pass out claiming the country needed it in 2021 despite signs the economy was doing OK, that's going to cause inflation, and a lot of it.

Reason # 2 of 2:  When politicians shut off the domestic oil spigot because the majority party is realizing that, instead of having 4 years to pass their green agenda they now have less than 3 months, they've got to stop anything that will increase the domestic oil supply, and more, begin ramping down anything that burns fossil fuel.  The problem is, when you shut down increased production of fossil fuels, that still power homes, businesses and factories, you can't ramp up the green agenda to generate power fast enough.  Wind and solar aren't being built quick enough to replace the fossil fuels the majority party are shutting down.  

That's why one of my transmitter site power bills last month went from $1200 to over $3100.  OUCH.

Well, there you have it. Simple economics, capitalism, and the marketplace.  And when politicians tamper with it, it turns it into a MESS, and is hitting OUR pocketbooks and will continue to do so for quite a while.

When the marketplace is LEFT alone WITHOUT any tampering by government, it works pretty well.  

When government—whether it's federal or state—DOES tamper with it, you and I will be paying MORE for our energy, goods and services, for a LONG time.

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

Station Editorial: No One Is Willing to Meet in the Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 26, 2022

 

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

 

Rulings by the U-S Supreme Court on June 23rd and 24th on 2 emotional issues, has re-charged discussions on gun control and abortion.

 

On June 23rd, the Court ruled that New York State's restrictive conceal-carry gun law was unconstitutional.   

 

The Court announced 2 rulings on June 24th.  The first centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The State of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place.   The Court voted 6 to 3 to uphold the Mississippi ban.

 

The second ruling the Court announced June 24th, was the pivotal one.  Voting 5 to 4, the Court said that a right to an abortion is not a constitutional right, and moving the issue to states to decide individually.  This overturned the Court's 1973 ruling of Roe versus Wade.

 

Those on both sides of both rulings, vowed that they would carry their fight into the mid-term elections.

 

Here's my fear.   On these and many other issues on the federal, state, and even local levels, the way the Founding Fathers set up our republic over 200 years ago, will begin to unravel.  As I've said in editorials for over 2 years, the answer to any issue—controversial or not—is in the middle, but in this emotionally-charged, politically-charged time we're living in, no one is willing to compromise. 

 

The sad part of all this, is that the segregation civil rights leaders fought to stop in the last century, is re-emerging as what I'm calling political segregation.  If you believe what a red state believes in, you may decide to make that state your new residence, and ditto if you believe in policies of a blue state.   People still vote with their pocketbooks.  But, the furthering of what I'm calling the political segregation of our country, may be a result.

 

All this will further divide an already-divided country.  No one is willing to meet in the middle.  

 

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

Letter to the Editor: Supporting Sara Jade Russell in DeWitt County Treasurer's Republican Nomination Race

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 24, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

 I would appreciate your support of my niece, Sara Jade Russell, on June 28, 2022, as your next Republican DeWitt County Treasurer.  

 

Before Jade decided to run for this political position, she reached out to the treasurer's office to understand the duties and responsibilities.   She was advised that the treasurer does not employ advanced accounting methods.   It is a job which requires record keeping and basic bank transactions. With Jade's prior work experience and education, she is well qualified for this position.  

 

Being an accountant is not a requirement for the treasurer's position.  

 

Leslie Trimble Cyrulik  

Clinton, IL 61727

Letter to the Editor in DeWitt County Treasurer Republican Race

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Submitted June 24, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

DeWitt County is fortunate to have good people to run for office.   That is true of the race for the DeWitt County Treasurer's office. 

I am supporting Sara Jade Russell in this race.   I have known Jade all of her life as well as her grandparents, Glen and Mabel Trimble.

She is a hard worker now and always has been.   She is well educated and well prepared to handle the duties of the DeWitt County Treasurer.

I am asking that you give Sara Jade Russell your vote on June 28, 2022. 

Ray Moss
Clinton, IL 

Letter to the Editor Supporting Russell for DeWitt County Treasurer

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 23, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

 Letter to the Editor 

I am supporting Sara Jade Russell in the Republican DeWitt County Treasurer's race. 

I have known Jade for over 20 years.   She's a great neighbor and friend.    She is a hard worker and a very caring person.   She is trustworthy, intelligent, and well qualified for this position..

I ask my friends and family to join me in supporting and voting for Sara Jade Russell on June 28, 2022, as our next DeWitt County Treasurer. 

 

Pat Toohill
Clinton, IL 61727
 

Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Treasurer Candidate

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 22, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

I’m writing to express my support for and also encourage you to vote for S Jade Russell as your next County Treasurer. 

 

Jade and her family have been planted in DeWitt County for many generations. As a past DeWitt County Board Member and Vice Chairman, I’m so proud to see Jade follow in the footsteps of her grandparents (Glen and Mabel Trimble) in seeking a life of service! 

 

Jade has the passion to help make a difference in DeWitt County, save the taxpayers’ money, and lead from a position of strong ethics, values, and morals. She also has 16 years experience in audits, invoices, receipts, bills, reconciling financial reports & training and leading employees.

 

Please cast your vote for S Jade Russell on June 28, 2022. A vote for Jade is a vote for the future of DeWitt County! 

 

Thank you, 
Levi Sturgeon

Bloomington, IL 
 

Letter to the Editor Supporting Jade Russell in DeWitt County Treasurer Race

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 22, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

I have known Jade Russell for more than 20 years. She has strong work ethics, is dependable and comes from a respectable family. She would be a great asset to this community as DeWitt County Treasurer.

 

Terry Hammer 

Clinton
 

Letter to the Editor: There's Another Party Choice June 28

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 14, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

If you are tired of the Republican and Democrat duopoly you are reminding there is another viable option on the ballot.  The Libertarian Party is recently established in DeWitt County, and you can pull a Libertarian ballot for the primary election.  This simple act might not seem like much, but will send a clear message that the people are tired of the same old Republican and Democrat drivel.

Nathan Florey

Chairman, DeWitt County Libertarian Party

Clinton, Illinois

Letter to the Editor from DeWitt County Treasurer Candidate

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 13, 2022

 

Dear Editor:
 

My Name is Codilee Snow and I am running as the Republican Candidate for DeWitt County Treasurer.  I graduated from Clinton High School, then continued my education at Blackburn College earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics.  While earning my degree at Blackburn I was an intern in the Business Department.


I worked closely with the Vice President of Finance on large projects and the day to day accounting processes to run the college. There I gained great financial experience. 

For the past 8 years I have worked at Heartland Dental. As the Operations Manager, where I facilitate a multimillion-dollar practice. My responsibilities include auditing, daily/monthly financial reconciliations, multiple department budgeting, financial reporting, team management, along with customer satisfaction. This position has given me valuable experience that I can bring to the DeWitt County Treasurer office.

 

My background is in Financial, Managerial, Fund and Cost Accounting. The knowledge I’ve gained from my many years of experience and education in Accounting has equipped me with the skills needed to
serve DeWitt County as your Treasurer. I would appreciate your support for the DeWitt County Treasurer.

Sincerely,

Codilee Snow
Wapella, IL

Station Editorial: The Gun Debate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 31, 2022

 

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

 

The horrific massacre of 19 students at a Texas elementary school May 24th, has the country again focused on gun control.  

 

In doing some research on this issue, this discussion dates back to 1791 just after the country was founded, when the Second Amendment was passed saying quote:   “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."   Ever since, there has been an emotional debate in the country over regulating the distribution and sale of any type of gun.

 

The discussion accelerated in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a mail order rifle bought by the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.  It wasn’t until 1968 and the assassinations of John’s brother Robert Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, that mail order guns were banned.  Other gun laws have passed the last 50 years but the problem persists.  Bad guys still get guns.

 

All this leads us to where we’re at today. We applaude Congress for trying to pass some common-sense legislation to limit those who should NEVER have a gun in their hand.  Some of this tragically may be coming from the lack of socialization due to the pandemic,  in the lives of many of the suspects in these horrible events, plus the message from the media and others that we don’t have to respect the rule of law OR the police.  As a result, lawlessness is rampant in many areas because those committing the crimes think there are no consequences for their actions.

 

Criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws.  There are plenty of guns out there for them to get their hands on, legally or illegally.  With no consequences for their actions, even if they get killed in the act of shooting up public places, the media will still give them their 15 minutes of fame.  

 

The answer to all this, like everything else in life, is in the middle.  Return to the rule of law, to respecting the police, and to send a strong message this kind of behavior is flat out NOT acceptable in a free country.

 

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

Station Editorial: Performance Tax on Local Radio Stations Rears Its Ugly Head....Again

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 11, 2022

 

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

Well, the greedy foreign record labels and singing artists are at it again, going to Congress with the tin cup in their hand wanting to TAX radio stations for playing THEIR music.  This so-called Performance Tax on free, local radio stations would jeopardize local jobs, prevent new artists from breaking into the recording business and harm the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on local radio. 

We are asking you to urge legislators to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes a performance tax and is supported by more than 230 bipartisan members of the House and Senate. Additionally, broadcasters ask legislators to oppose any performance tax proposal, such as the American Music Fairness Act. Here’s why: For nearly a century, record labels and performers have thrived from airplay – which is essentially free advertising – from local radio stations. 

But as the big record labels struggle to keep profit margins high, they are urging Congress to impose a tax on these local radio stations that are, ironically, their greatest promotional tool. Each Congress, the record labels push policymakers to impose a new fee on local radio stations simply for airing music on the radio. 

This would financially cripple local radio stations, harming the millions of listeners who rely on local radio for news, emergency information, weather updates and entertainment every day. Local radio continues to be the top source for listeners seeking new music, far surpassing other sources. Free radio airplay provides the recording industry increased popularity, visibility and sales for both established and new artists. 

Recognizing the value of free radio airplay, Congress has repeatedly rejected the record labels’ attempts to impose a harmful performance tax on local radio stations. Efforts to attach a performance tax to consensus legislation that benefits all stakeholders, such as the Music Modernization Act, have failed once exposed as the poison pill it is. 

The bottom line: Please stand up for LOCAL radio by supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes a performance tax. Go to taylorvilledailynews.com or dewittdailynews.com and click on the "NO PERFORMANCE TAX" link to tell our local Congressmen and Senators not to enact a government-imposed performance tax on local radio. 

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

Letter to the Editor: Death of a County

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 9, 2022

 

Dear Editor:  


I have stated in previous letters that I thought this County Board was anti development and how it could ruin any development in the future. It appears I may have been correct. Randal J. Miller(Miller Media) has noticed this attitude also. (April 26, 2022 DeWitt Daily News Editorial)


Last Thursday night the County Board passed a solar ordinance change which effectively prevents any development of any large solar projects. This was a recommended change from the Regional Planning Commission. The recommended language was voted on and passed, even though the States Attorney has repeatedly cautioned against such a change, as it could bring litigation against the County and could not be enforced! We've been down this road in the not so distant past and dodged a financial catastrophe!


Going forward with such a change, even against the advice of the States Attorney, shows that this Board and the RPC are anti development regardless of the consequences. Actions speak louder than words and these actions scream anti development!


Solar development contributes approximately the same revenue as wind developments without any of the drawbacks envisioned by the anti wind coalition. It also touches another argument of theirs about being told how to use their property. Another argument which was made was that it takes farmland out of production.

 

That is true, however if farmland being taken out of production is a major concern, then all of the setback land should be released and those subsidies should be used elsewhere. Solar farms have also shown that they have an advantage in as much as the area below the panels can grow vegetation conducive to sustain wildlife habitat. This is a huge positive in my book!


Reducing the opportunities to increase funding for basic services, education, and quality of life enhancement's seems counterproductive. Revenue increases without raising taxes are hard to come by and this is being done as the School Board is considering to attempt a one cent sales tax to help fund the District's needs 

 

If it's needed then by all means it should be enacted, but, if that money can come from somewhere else why not take advantage of that source? Don't just blindly put it on the backs of taxpayers!


The money is needed in this County just to maintain our current obligations. An example of how tight our budget is, the County just sold off some of it's property to finance needed repairs at the Marina. When will it become necessary to do something similar in the future, as an example, to fund ambulance service or law enforcement? The other question is what would be sacrificed? The only other options are outside income or tax increases. The latter being the least desired and certainly the most burdensome.


Without outside sources of revenue the personal tax burden will become overbearing. The results would possibly be the reduction of residents in the County, eliminating or reducing basic services, business relocating to tax friendlier counties, and the death of the County as we know it.


I would hope that these bodies of government will consider all aspects of their actions when voting on all motions presented to them. To govern correctly you have to leave personal preference at the door and do what is right for the citizens within your sphere of influence.


Anti development is not an acceptable position or attitude when so much depends on it.

Lance M. Reece 
Clinton, Illinois

Station Editorial: County Board Actions Speak Louders Than Words

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 26, 2022

 

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

This editorial is about what you and I have gone thru the past 2+ years as a result of the COVID pandemic:  Fatique and as a result, the anger and negativity it's caused.

We all are suffering from it, whether you think so or not.  Over 2 years of dealing with the greatest pandemic in our lifetime, has taken its toll on families, businesses, practically every entity you can think of.  Including County Boards.

Why do I mention County Boards?  Because the attitude a couple of them have displayed in recent weeks in our 2 clusters' listening areas, is giving the vibe that Christian and DeWitt Counties are not open for new economic development.

In Christian County, the issue of allowing a carbon sequistration pipeline thru the county, and 6 wells to be drilled between Taylorville and Stonington to pump and store the C-O-2 into, has board members picking sides before all information has been presented.

And in DeWitt County, County Board members basically changed the zoning ordinance not allowing an interested solar farm developer to apply for a permit.

Both are examples of giving potential developers and those wanting to invest in these counties, the impression that economic development isn't welcome in either county.

And, again because of the post-COVID atmosphere we're all in, and the fatique we've all experienced, it's manifesting itself as an attitude of not wanting to consider a project—or in the case of DeWitt County, keeping the solar ordinance as it was originally passed--before all the information is shared.  

We hope both County Boards will realize that decisions can't be made before all the information they need to make those decisions, is provided them.  COVID fatique can't turn into "anti-anything" fatique, because the future economic development in both counties, is at stake.

We're not supporting or being against any project.  We just hope Christian and DeWitt County Boards show they really do want economic development and growth, but their actions may be saying just the opposite. 

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

Station Editorial Congratulating Monticello Boys Basketball Team on Second Place Finish in IHSA Finals

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted March 17, 2022

 

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

I'm here to congratulate the Monticello Sages boys basketball team, for their second place finish in the Illinois High School Association Class 2-A State Playoffs at the State Farm Center in Champaign on March 12th.

Our soft hits music station WEZC 95-point-9, which has been the Radio Voice of Monticello Sages Sports for many years, followed the team thru-out the season and to Champaign where we were honored to broadcast the call of the 2 games played there.

Our long-time WEZC Sages play by play announcer Seth Laurence, and long-time color commentator Ray Wichus, brought the games to listeners across Central Illinois on the radio as well as streamed at dewittdailynews.com.

Head coach Kevin Roy and the Sages boys basketball team also ended up with the best record of any boys basketball team in Sages history, finishing 33-and-4 and 9-and-one in the Illini Prairie Conference.

We congratulate Coach Roy and the Sages on their great season.  We know that not only the town of Monticello, but all of Central Illinois, are proud of the team on how they played as well as how their well-represented their community.

The Sages are a great example of what small town high school sports are all about.  In our many years of my stations broadcasting high school sports, it's typically the biggest thing going on that people then talk about the next day.

That's part of small town living, and that's why our radio group is honored to serve so many great communities in our coverage areas.

It's what makes our towns the vibrant, close-knit communities that more and more people are moving TO.

Again, congratulations to Monticello Sages head basketball coach Kevin Roy, and the 2021-22 Sages basketball team, for their great season culminating in their second place finish in the Class 2-A State Basketball Tournament March 12th.

Feel free to post YOUR congratulations on our WHOW/WEZC/dewittdailynews.com Facebook page!  

I'm station president Randal J. Miller.

Station Editorial: Post-Script On Illinois School Mask Mandate

STATION EDITIORIAL

Posted February 27, 2022

 

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

This is a post-script on my Editorial written February 16th.   Late in the day on February 25th, the Illinois Supreme Court denied an appeal on the school mask mandate, filed by Governor Pritzker.  This was the final nail in the coffin regarding mandating school masking, after it had previously been suspended by a Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge and later the Illinois Appellate Court.  

As the Governor drops the mask mandate for the general public on February 28th, a look back at the school mask mandate nearly past 2 years is in order.

As I've said for most of the nearly 2 years, the school mask mandate has always been a power grab by Pritzker, taking control away from local school boards on what they deem best for their particular students.

We've seen government overreach at all levels these past nearly 2 years.  Doesn't matter whether it's Democrat or Republican, government has acted like it knew better than we did, how to run our schools, our personal health, and basically our life.

This all stemmed from the fear all politicians had going into the pandemic, that they would get blamed, and thus not re-elected, for killing off Grandma, plus doing a power grab at the same time.

We as voters need to be very, very careful of government, whether federal or state, in the future.  We are a country governed by and for, the people.  It's not the other way around.

And, may I again remind not only the Governor, but all federal and state officials, that it IS an election year, and while Americans generally have a short memory, what we've endured these past 2 years will be burned into our memory the rest of our lives, and definitely this year when we go to the polls.

The preamble to the Declaration of Independence we all learned in school says it best:    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  May God continue to bless our great country and its people.

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

Station Editorial: State School Mask Mandate Is (Finally) Over

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 16, 2022

 

This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, as of February 15th, it appears that the school mask mandate is dying a slow death.  Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, first instituted the mask mandate in schools, at the start of the COVID pandemic back in 2020.  

The Illinois Department of Public Health tried to re-institute the school mask mandate, after a Sangamon County circuit judge threw out the mandate for the 166 school districts that sued Pritzker claiming it was illegal.

But, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bi-partisan group of Illinois state senators and representatives, ruled on February 15th, that I-D-P-H’s re-issuance of the school mask mandate was not enforcable.

All of this kaos was created by Pritzker and his agencies, to try and mitigate the COVID pandemic.  First, they shut down the schools and went to remote learning, which was a disaster, putting kids behind in learning and taxing the mental health of both children and their parents.

Then, came the mask mandate once schools re-opened, which led to more executive orders.

Now, nearly 2 years after the pandemic first started, it appears as though the school mask mandate in Illinois is finally dead.  Thank God.

While the Governor and the I-D-P-H continue to wait on a remedy from the courts, school districts across the state took the JCAR ruling on February 15th, as permission to return to life as we know it.  Finally.

I heard a Northwestern University doctor recently say that, with around 80 percent of the country having at least one vaccine shot, and many people building natural immunity after having the virus itself, plus many more ways to treat those who now get it, it’s time to get on with life.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I just hope the Governor stops this power grab continuing to control Illinois schools.  I thought that’s why we elect local school boards.
And, Governor, don’t forget..it’s an election year.  

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

Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Clerk and Treasurer Posts

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted January 20, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

As has been reported, both the DeWitt County Clerk as well as the DeWitt County Treasurer are not seeking reelection this year.  Congratulations to them for their years of public service and well deserved retirements! 

 

If anyone reading this, or anyone the reader knows of, is interested in running for either office as a libertarian please reach out.  A person DOES NOT need to be a member of the Libertarian Party to run as a libertarian in the primary election.  If anybody is interested please reach out as soon as you can.  We only have until the middle of March to collect signatures in order to get your name on the ballot. 

 

If you are interested and would like some more information on the local Libertarian Party chapter in DeWitt County do not hesitate to reach out.  The chapter’s email address is dewittcountylibertarianparty@gmail.com. 

 

You can also email me directly at n.florey1@gmail.com. Also, our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/DCLP2018/?ref=pages_you_manage.  Thank you and I hope to hear from you!

Nathan Florey

Chairman, DeWitt County Libertarian Party

Clinton, IL

Station Editorial on the Cancel Culture

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 6, 2022

 

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

These days, we're hearing a lot about what's called the "Cancel Culture."  After doing some reading on this phenonomeon, I learned that its basic belief is when
we attribute goodness and permissible behavior to ourselves, while at the same time attributing badness and poor behavior to someone else.

An on-line article from the Denver Catholic web site says those being cancelled fall into one of three categories: 

First, there are the people who behave in a bad way or hold a reprehensible belief, but these things are generally unknown; when they become known, the person is cancelled. 

Second, you have people who have something from their past that surface which reflects poorly upon them. The difference between them and the first group is that the thing from their past is no longer who they are; nevertheless, they get cancelled. 

Finally, there are people who live out traditional values and/or hold opinions which have become unacceptable by a segment of the population. These people have not been exposed nor are they living differently than in the past, they have just wandered into a part of our society where they are not welcome.

According to this Denver Catholic article, the principal error of "Cancel Culture" is that it lacks mercy.  No apology is good enough for those who are "offended."

So, how are we to react to those who are applying the "Cancel Culture" to their relationship with us?   By holding firm to our beliefs, not to be belligerent or intolerant, leading our lives in a way that our life and faith is compelling, not obnoxious.

And, while none of us, myself included, should ever be judgemental, we must show love and understanding to respect others.  One of the first verses I ever learned in Sunday School was to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."   

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

Station Editorial: We Are Thankful

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 24, 2021

 

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

Well, we made it to the holiday season.  What a year....again.  In looking back at 2021, we are thankful for so many things...our faith, our family, our friends, and our business.

And, while the world and our country are both hopefully coming out of the pandamic, let's hope and pray that the rancor and noise we've heard from both sides of the political spectrum, subsides into realizing that no matter what the issue, as I've been saying the past nearly 2 years, the answer is still in the middle.

We are grateful to all of you, for the honor of serving our communities with local information and entertainment on all our platforms—whether they be AM, FM, or digitally.

As we begin 2022, we thank God for the privilege of serving the Taylorville, Pana, and Shelbyville areas for going-on 30 years.

And, we also begin our 15th year of serving the Clinton, Monticello, and Lincoln areas.

It's been a challenging year for everyone, no matter what your profession or business.  We've gotten thru 2021 and the 2 years of the pandemic, together, encouraging each other, helping each other, and hopefully have learned a lot.

On behalf of my wife Cathy, and our great staffs in Taylorville and Clinton, have a joyous and blessed holiday season and remember the Reason for the Season.  Jesus came to earth so we can have life everlasting by accepting His Love.   May we share that Love to each other and our communities this holiday season, and as we enter 2022.

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

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Those Decorating Clinton Square

Posted November 18, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

Just wanted to give a pat on the back to all those who have helped decorate our town square for Christmas. It is absolutely beautiful all lit up at night. You did a great job!

Thank you. 

 

Nell Wilson

Clinton, IL

Station Editorial: Why is Everyone So Rude Right Now?

EDITORIAL

Posted October 30, 2021

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.
An October 15th on-line article from Time magazine is headlined "Why Everyone is So Rude Right Now."  Quoting some portions of the article, it says that September was a bad month for manners. On the 21st, a woman pulled a gun on servers at a Philadelphia fast food restaurant when they asked her to order online. On the 16th, several women from Texas pummeled a hostess at a New York City family-style restaurant.  A California woman was charged with felony assault for attacking a SouthWest airlines flight attendant and dislodging some of her teeth.
The Time article continues that it’s the people-have-lost-their-everloving-minds incidents that make the news, but they are also a reflection of a deeper trend; Americans appear to have forgotten their niceties, especially with those whose job it is to assist them. Lawyers are reporting ruder clients. Restaurants are reporting ruder clients. Flight attendants, for whom rude clients are no novelty, are reporting mayhem.
The Time article continues that some people may have thought that, having been prevented from mingling with other humans for a period, folks would greet the return of social activity with hugs, revelry and fellowship. But in many ways, say psychologists, the long separation has made social interactions more fraught. 
The October 15th Time article says this is an atmosphere which can ruffle even normally very calm people, or in which very slight infractions can set off those with less of a handle on their emotions, and that people feel almost entitled to be rude to people who are not in a position of power.
The Time article goes on to say if the rash of bad behavior is not just short-term impatience with the unique situation and actually a symbol of something much deeper, then unwinding it will be more difficult.  Psychologists suggest that people slow down, breathe out more slowly and lower their voices when encountering difficult social situations or irate people so as not to make any situation worse. “All of anger management,” says the Time article, “involves pausing.”
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Station Editorial: It's Volunteers That Make Local Events Happen

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

I'm recording this editorial at the 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, which took place October 2nd and 3rd on the Taylorville square.  Despite off and on rain October 2nd, hundreds of people came for 2 days of arts and crafts vendors, a great Kidzone for children, and International Chilli Society sanctioned chilli cookoffs with cooks from 8 states participating.

Another great event attracted thousands of people to another community our radio group serves.  September 25th and 26th saw a record number of people come to Clinton for the annual Apple and Pork Festival.

Both events were extensively covered by our group's radio stations in each community.

In this editorial, I want to recognize the hundreds of volunteers that made each event happen.

In the case of the Clinton Apple and Pork Festival, it's been over 50 years of folks stepping up and creating, then doing the work to make the Festival happen.  It's been a fund-raiser for the C-H Moore Homestead, but more important than that, it continues to be an important source of revenue for the many non-profits that man booths on the Museum grounds, and even more important, an economic driver that attracts thousands to Clinton.

In the case of the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, it also was created by a couple of people in 1986 that wanted a replacement for the long-time Soybean Festival on the Taylorville square.  The Chamber took the challenge, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers over the years, has continued for some 36 years including October 2nd and 3rd.  It also attracts people from all over Central Illinois and this year, chilli cooks from 8 different states.

We salute all the volunteers that make both events, and many others across both of our clusters' coverage areas, happen each year.  It's the work of those volunteers that help attract people to our communities to enjoy our hometowns and all they have to offer.

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

Letter to the Editor: Remembering Dr. John Veirs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 14, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

As we approach another Apple & Pork Festival, it is time to remember Dr. John Veirs, one of the original founders and supporters of the CH Moore Homestead and the Apple & Pork Festival that helps support it.  He passed away earlier this year.
Dr. John Veirs was truly a humble man who was a helper and thought beyond himself to the bigger picture.
People who did not know him would read his obituary and could discern that he was way above average, but the death notice in the newspaper just scratched the surface of Dr. Veirs’s effect on our community.
Most doctors do their job and go home.  They usually do not volunteer their time and name for philanthropic causes, but Doc knew that if he threw his name into the ring that other people would follow.  We would not have the CH Moore museum and the Apple and Pork festival if it were not for his leadership and vision.  Just think of all the light bulbs and magazines the community members did not have to buy because the service organizations and kids had booths at the A&P and could make their money that they needed for the coming year in one weekend.  What a blessing that is!
The sheep.  Doc had some extra land at home that he avoided mowing by having the sheep.  They looked beautiful, grazing in the pasture, although I know there had to be some work involved.  He easily could have hired someone to mow that piece of ground, but he found this other way.  
Doc found time to be one of our trusted directors at First National Bank and Trust Company for several decades.  Every month we approved policy, reviewed loans, and discussed bank business.  Even when he went to Florida for the winter, he asked that his monthly board packet be mailed to him so that he could “keep up”.  
Serving on the DeWitt Chapter of the American Cancer Society, we found ourselves on the nominating committee together. Cutting right to the chase, he looked at me and said words that I will always remember:  “Who are we going to hook for the top job?”  I laughed, and we found someone who was willing to take on the job.  Yes, the big picture again.
As for his medical practice, he touched so many people and there are so many stories of folks that he helped along the way. Doc outlived many of the people who could tell those stories.  
Thank you, Doc, for a life well lived—even in retirement.  You are an inspiration to us all. 
Mary Pat Killian
Executive Vice President, retired
First National Bank and Trust Company

Clinton

 

Letter to the Editor from 80 Illinois School Superintendents on Local Control of Schools

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 14, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

The state’s mandates regarding masks and vaccinations are merely the headlines and excuses of the moment in an incremental dismantling of local control in public education – and other arenas -- that began decades ago, with the pace only picking up since.

Indeed, the latest top-down decisions from the governor and Illinois State Board of Education – and at times we’ve seen this at the federal level, as well – are just a continuation of the pattern of higher officials substituting their judgments for those of local school boards. That has included matters of curriculum, testing, student dress codes, accommodations, discipline, athletics, school lunch offerings, etc. “Unfunded mandates” – directives without the dollars to implement them -- have been a local rallying cry for as long as many of us can remember.

It is fair to ask: What is the point of electing local school boards at all?

We would grant that public safety is of the utmost importance – we want to protect our kids, employees and ourselves, too -- and that people of good intention may differ on the approaches to this pandemic and how best to protect the short- and long-term health and interests of our students. What we would not concede is that we must abandon our principles as a nation in order to preserve and protect the nation and its citizens. Among those principles is the rule of law.

Since March 2020, Gov. Pritzker has issued more than 80 executive orders regarding COVID-19 that have carried the force of law. The actual lawmaking branch of government – the Illinois General Assembly -- has been missing in action.

Lest anyone think our stance here is political, whether it’s a Republican governor of Florida or a Democratic governor of Illinois making these unilateral calls, it is clear that this has become a bipartisan affliction. The aims may be different but the behavior is the same, and worthy of objection in either case.

Indeed, it is impossible to believe that governing by executive order is what this nation’s Founders had in mind when they were forming our nation. Not only have school boards been made irrelevant, but evidently legislatures have been, too. This is not what we teach our students in regards to how our republic is supposed to work. We may not always agree with the legislative outcome, but at least our time-tested processes have been respected.

Meanwhile, federal and state law are abundantly clear as to where the authority lies in regards to public education: “Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children,” while other public and even private jurisdictions “have the primary responsibility for supporting that parental role.”

Gov. Pritzker himself once subscribed to that view. As recently as July, he stated that “families should be involved in making decisions for their own families. And, school districts and school boards will make decisions for the schools within their districts.”

Evidently, the Governor and ISBE really don’t believe this.

Meanwhile, those of us who took the governor at his word are now dismissed and derided as an extreme minority, the enemies of science and compassion.

First, too many of our state leaders mistake compliance with agreement and consent. More of us than they apparently wish to admit have serious misgivings about how decisions are being made in Springfield.

As for the science, it – or at least the communication of it from the CDC and others – has been inconsistent, at best. Finally, who’s really being punitive here – and to schoolchildren, not adults – when the consequences of not falling in line are to make high school diplomas worthless, or deny funding, or prevent students from participating in athletics? It is precisely because we do care about our young people that we are sparing them these threatened punishments.

In short, may Springfield forgive those of us who have come to view it as less a partner than an adversary in the education of our children.

To say this is a challenging and unprecedented time understates it, but the zig-zag nature of
decision-making out of Springfield has made it far more difficult to manage our classrooms, our schools, and our districts, creating unnecessary conflict in our communities. None of that serves our students – our reason for being – well.

It’s not just about the pandemic. It’s about all of the decisions that have been taken out of local hands by those who are all too distant from the resulting fallout. Enough is enough. Absolutely, it is the principle of the thing. Please, restore local control and accountability to our communities and those of us who know them best.

Respectfully,

Taylorville CUSD#3 Dr. Chris Dougherty, Superintendent and Board of Education

Morton CUSD# 709 Dr. Jeff Hill, Superintendent and Board of Education

Central Community High School District #71 Dr. Dustin Foutch, Superintendent and Board of Education

El Paso Gridley CUSD #11 Mr. Brian Kurz, Superintendent

Odell CCSD #435 Mr. MarkA. Hettmansberger, Superintendent and Board of Education

Meridian CUSD #101 Mr. Jonathan D. Green, Superintendent

Regional Office of Education #11 Dr. Kyle Thompson, Regional Superintendent

Midwest Central CUSD 191 Dr. Todd Hellrigel, Superintendent and Board of Education

Trico Community Unit District #176 Mr. Larry D. Lovel, Superintendent

Carlyle CUSD #1 Ms.Annie Gray, Superintendent and Board of Education

CentralA&M Dr. DeAnn Heck, Superintendent and Board of Education

Mt. Zion CUSD #3 Dr. Travis R. Roundcount, Superintendent and Board of Education

Damiansville ESD #62 Mr. Dustin E. Nail, Superintendent and Board of Education

Pana CUSD #8 Mr. Jason Bauer, Superintendent

Shelbyville CUSD #4 Mr. Shane Schuricht, Superintendent and Board Members:Abbie Ballard, Jake Hankins, Gary Hayden, Ellen Trainor and Scott West

Red Bud CUSD #132 Mr. Jonathan Tallman, Superintendent and Board of Education

Gardner South Wilmington High School #73 Mr. Josh DeLong, Superintendent and Board of Education.

South Central School District #401 Mr. Kerry Herdes, Superintendent and Board of Education

Paris CUSD #4 Ms.Danette Young, Superintendent and Board of Education

Braceville Elementary School #75 Mr. Josh DeLong, Superintendent and Board of Education

Nokomis CUSD #22 Dr. Scott E. Doerr, Superintendent and the following Board members: Mr. Chad Ruppert, Board President, Mr. Carl Kettelkamp, Board Members, and Mr. Denny Bauman, Board Secretary.

Clifton Central CUSD # 4 Ms. Tonya Evans, Superintendent and Board of Education

Havana CUSD #126 Mr. R. Mathew Plater, Superintendent and Board of Education

Eureka CUSD #140 Mr. Robert Bardwel, Superintendent Board of Education

Freeburg Community High School District #77 Mr. Gregory Frerking, Superintendent

Woodlawn USD #209 Mr. Eric Helbig, Superintendent and Board of Education

Windsor CUSD #1 Mr. Erik Van Hoveln, Superintendent and Windsor CUSD #1 Board of Education

Cowden-Herrick CUSD #3AMr. Seth Schuler, Superintendent and Board of Education

Bartelso SD #57 Mr. Tom Siegle, Superintendent

St. Libory CSD #30 Dr. Thomas Rude, Superintendent

Mt. Pulaski CUSD #23 Mr. FredrickALamkey, Superintendent and Board of Education

Ridgeview CUSD #19 Mr. Erik Young, Superintendent and Board of Education

Flanagan-Cornell District #74 Mr. Jerry Farris, Superintendent and Board of Education

New Berlin CUSD #16 Ms. Jill Larson, Superintendent and Board of Education

North Clay #25 Mr. Travis Wyatt, Superintendent and Board of Education

Benton Consolidated High School District #103 Mr. Benjamin Johnson, Superintendent

Marshall CUSD #C-2 Mr. Kevin Ross, Superintendent

Red Hill CUSD #10 Mr. Jakie Walker, Superintendent and Board of Education

Community Unit School District #4 Mr. Scott D. Riddle, Superintendent and Board of Education

Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 Dr.Adam Ehrman, Superintendent

Vandalia C.U.S.D. #203Dr. Jennifer Garrison, Superintendent and Board President Joe Lawson

Tremont CUSD #702 Mr. Sean Berry and Board of Education

Roanoke-Benson CUSD #60 Mr. Thomas Welsh, Superintendent and Board of Education

ROE 21 Ms. Lorie LeQuatte, Regional Superintendent

Iuka Grade School CCSD #7 Mr. SamAlli and Board of Education

Oakwood CUSD#76 Mr. Larry Maynard, Superintendent Central City School #133 Mr. Tim Branon, Superintendent

Farmington Central CUSD #265 Dr. Zac Chatterton, Superintendent

Field Community CUSD #3 Mr. Wayne Stone, Superintendent

LeRoy CUSD#2 Mr. Gary Tipsord, Superintendent and Board of Education

Payson CUSD#1 Dr. Donna Veile and Board of Education: Lisa Schwartz, Vinson Sill, Chanse Barker, Clint Twaddle, Danelle Donley, and DeniseAlbsmeyer

Benton CCSD #47 Mr. Steve Smith, Superintendent

Neoga CUSD #3 Mr. Bill Fritcher, Superintendent

St. Elmo CUSD #202 Ms. Julie Healy, Superintendent and Board of Education

Okaw Valley CUSD #302 Mr. Kent Stauder, Superintendent and Board of Education

Mount Vernon Township High School #201 Ms. MelanieAndrews, Superintendent and Matthew Flanigan, Board President

Ramsey CUSD #204 Ms. Melissa Ritter, Superintendent and Board of Education.

Teutopolis CUSD #50 Mr. Matthew Sturgeon, Superintendent

Sullivan CUSD #300 Mr. Ted Walk, Superintendent

Bluford USD #318 Dr. Shane Gordon, Superintendent

Mulberry Grove CUSD #1 Mr. Robert Koontz and Board of Education

Effingham CUSD #40 Mr. Mark E. Doan, Superintendent

Anna-Jonesboro CHSD #81 Mr. Rob Wright, Superintendent

Anna CCSD #37 Dr. Julie Bullard, Superintendent and Board of Education

Beecher City CUSD #20 Mr. Philip Lark, Superintendent and Board of Education

ROE #13 Mr. Matt Renaud, Superintendent

Damiansville ESD #62 Mr. Dustin E. Nail, Superintendent and Board of Education

Freeburg Community Consolidated District #70 Dr. Melanie Brink and Board of Education

Hutsonville CUSD #1 Ms. Julie Kraemer, Superintendent and Board of Education

Altamont CUSD #10 Mrs. CaseyAdam, Superintendent

Gifford CCSD #188 Dr. Jay P. Smith, Superintendent

Salem Community High School #600 Dr. Brad Detering, Superintendent

Brownstown CUSD #201 Mr. Mike Shackelford, Superintendent and Board of Education

Prairie du Rocher CUSD #134 Mr. Rob Pipher, Superintendent

Calhoun CUSD #40 Ms.Andrea Lee, Superintendent

Delavan CUSD #703 Dr.Andrew Brooks, Superintendent

Scott-Morgan CUSD #2 Dr. Kevin Blankenship, Superintendent and Board of Education

Winchester CUSD #1 Dr. Kevin Blankenship and Board of Education

DeLand-Weldon CUSD #57 Ms.Amanda Geary, Superintendent and Board of Education

Spring Garden CCSD #178 Ms. Tammy Beckham, Superintendent

Chester CUSD #139 Mr. Brian Pasero, Superintendent

Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD #3 Mr. Matthew J. Vollman, Superintendent

Clinton CUSD 15 Mr. Curt Nettles, Superintendent

Cumberland CUSD #77 Mr. Todd Butler, Superintendent

Station Editorial: Who Do We Believe?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted September 6, 2021

 

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

In the past year and a half since we’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve heard more and more people ask this one question:  Who are we to believe?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle give their spin on what we should or shouldn’t do as Americans.  The national news media, in most cases, have a liberal bias so they’re giving opinion not facts.  Even the Center for Disease Control and state health agencies, have been politicized and told what to say or not to say, to fit that party’s messaging at the time.

This editorial has 2 points.

Point # 1, and it’s one we’ve been saying in this space for the past year a half:  As with anything in life, the answer is in the middle.  Instead of listening to the noise from one party or the other, one viewpoint or the other, the answer is a variety of viewpoints that translate into truth.  The COVID-19 virus is very, very real.  It’s dangerous.  And, it can kill you, no matter what your age.  That’s why the answers are choices:  Get the vaccine, mask up, socially distance, and wash your hands.  BUT!  Continue living your life.  

Point # 2 is:  Be very careful about believing everything either side says regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As I’ve said for the past year and half, when a politician, no matter what the party, gets control of anything---especially the way we live our lives—it’s very difficult for them to give it back.  Life is about choices.  It’s up to us to make them, not any politician telling us what’s best for us. And, remember, we can make choices next year thru the ballot box.

As I told my daughters growing up, life is about choices.   The important thing to do, is making the right ones.

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

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