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Letter to the Editor: Support the Clinton Community YMCA

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 22, 2021

Dear Editor:


I sat down to write this announcement on Father’s Day morning to announce the start of the Clinton YMCA Annual Strong Kids campaign. This year I have volunteered to lead the campaign.  For those of you that do not know, my father passed away in December of 2020.  Our YMCA also lost one of our valued staff members in David Torbert, the Youth Sports coordinator and a man dedicated to the mission of the YMCA.  My inspiration while drafting this came from David, his family, and my father on our first Father’s Day without them.


What does this have to do with the YMCA Strong Kids campaign? I grew up loving sports.  Our local YMCA was one of the first places I can remember playing in youth basketball, youth soccer, and swim.  My father was there with me, coaching and teaching me and other kids the joy of these sports.  I also think of David coaching Youth sports with a smile on his face.


Our YMCA is not just a gym.  The Y is a Christian organization that seeks to allow those who can and cannot afford to pay for a membership, to be able to use the pool, the basketball court, the weights and equipment with the helpful staff and volunteers that enable us to strive toward a healthy body, mind, and soul.  It is because of this campaign that we are able to raise funds for our Y, funds that provide for the children in our community whose parents cannot afford to pay for them to participate in basketball, soccer, summer camp, and swim.  We do not turn these children away.  We do not tell them that they cannot play.


However, the ability to subsidize or waive the fees to those of our community that cannot afford to enroll their children in Y programs still comes at a cost.  The lights do not stay on for free.  This Strong Kids Campaign will help to pay for our YMCA to continue to provide for an investment of $117,000 in financial assistance in our youth, as we invested last year.  Those of you reading this can be a part of helping a child attend summer camp, participate in youth sports and swim lessons, and continue to use the Y’s facilities. 


David and my father volunteered as coaches and Christians.  In the coming weeks, you may be contacted by myself, other YMCA Board Members, Clinton YMCA staff like Rennie, Gretchen, Bonnie, and Pat.  We ask you to join us as campaigners in seeking donations from other community members and donating yourself.  Please consider not waiting to be contacted if you read this and wish to volunteer by contacting me or the YMCA.  I pray that each of you will think of men like David and my father to give of yourself and join us in our mission to bring the light of Jesus and hope to the youth of our community.


Sincerely,
Bryce A. Lynch
Taylor & Lynch
Clinton, IL 61727
 

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Letter to the Editor: Politics from the Libertarian Perspective

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 20, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 The political left is dominated by the Democratic Party; conversely the political right is dominated by the Republican Party.  But who represents the majority of Americans in this scenario?  Actually neither does.  Nearly half of Americans don’t align with either the Democrats or the Republicans.  The majority of Americans politically identify as Independents.  There are several different parties that can make up this Independent category.  However, the third largest political party is the Libertarian Party.

 

Libertarians are described by Democrats as “just Republicans that smoke weed,” and described by Republicans as being “Democrats that like guns.”  Neither of these assumptions is completely true.  Libertarians actually believe that you know what’s best for your life better than anyone else.  So basically you should be able to do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt people, or take their stuff.  Democrats hold that that they want to control your money but you can control your actions, Republicans are the opposite of that.  They think that you can control your money but they want to control your actions.  Libertarians contend that you can control both your money AND your actions.  So if you’re tired of the right/left paradigm in politics take action to free yourself!

 

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.  Our 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

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Station Editorial: Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 13, 2021

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

There's a motto I learned as a child:  Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me.

You may remember in my editorials last year during the COVID pandemic, that I stated when politicians take more power or control, whether they're Democrats or Republicans, it's difficult for them to let go.

Here we are weeks away from school starting, fall coming, and the time of year we begin to see flu cases go up.

Only, in this case, the Delta COVID variant is rearing its ugly head.

I would remind any politician that hears or reads this editorial, that many people perceived that you took too much control last year in the midst of the pandemic, shutting down the economy, costing millions of jobs, not to mention shutting down the government that is supposed to serve all of us.

If any of these politicians think we have short memories, I hope they think again.

The electorate has a very unique and democratic way of expressing their approval or disapproval of their elected officials.  It's called the ballot box, and the 2022 elections aren't that far away, despite attempts in Illinois to postpone the Illinois primary to June because they claim they're waiting on Census data.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  

Remember who has the ultimate control of our lives.  We do.  We live in a free country, last I knew, and we can make our own decisions, good or bad, in how we live our lives.

Unless politicians who want to keep control, think otherwise.

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

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Station Editorial: It Doesn't Cost A Thing To Be Kind

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 5, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Remarks I heard from my Pastor, Adam Lewis at the First Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, had some talking points that I thought I'd share with you.

 

It's about kindness.

 

Some of the best things, don't cost a thing.

 

It costs you NOTHING to be a kind person.

 

We get used to many of the things that AREN'T kind, like being mean or angry, or other things like apathy or not being loving.

 

Pastor Lewis pointed out that we've gotten used to apathy, people putting others down to make themselves feel better, belittling others, or being mean.

 

I think the coronavirus pandemic we've all experienced the last year and a half, has made this worse.

 

Even before the state entered Phase 5 to return to normal, I've heard countless stories of fist fights at professional baseball games, and nationally, fights at N-B-A games as well as people belittling basketball and baseball players.

 

I know we've all been cooped up and feel like we're being let out of solitary confinement, but in his remarks, Pastor Lewis reminds us that we are to clothe ourselves with kindness.  Give an unexpected compliment.  Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru.  Let someone cut in front of you in line.  Give cookies to the mail carrier.  Stop in and say thank you to your local fire station firefighters.  Say hi to your neighbors.  Write a letter of encouragement.

 

As God says, His kindness and grace is enough for us.  We can't exhibit enough kindness or grace to others on this earth.  

 

It costs NOTHING to be a kind person.  Try it out.  It'll encourage others, and may just make you feel good!

 

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

 

 

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Station Editorial on May 7th Jobs Report

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 13, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The May 7th U-S employment report showing only 266-thousand jobs were filled in April in the country, is a great example of "cause and effect."

 

The Wall Street Journal in its May 7th story, said and I'm quoting:  "These numbers are consistent with the story many business leaders are telling, of severe labor shortages — that demand has surged back but employers cannot find enough workers to fulfill it, at least not at the wages they are accustomed to paying." end of quote.

 

The article continues, and I quote:  "Many employers and conservatives argue that the expanded federal unemployment benefits have been too generous as they were extended as part of the recent pandemic rescue aid package and are scheduled to expire in September." end of quote.

 

Several states have announced they will end the 300-dollar per week unemployment benefit supplement being added to state unemployment benefits.   Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, South Carolina, Iowa, and Missouri will end the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefits for their residents. 

 

And, the U-S Chamber of Commerce asked the Biden Administration to immediately end the 300-dollar weekly unemployment benefit supplement.

 

The May 7th jobs report is not what the Biden Administration or the ecoonomy needed.  The Wall Street Journal says the economy is still short some 8-point-2 million jobs from its pre-pandemic level.

 

Many local employers I've visited with, especially in the food and hospitality industry, have shared with me that their employees have told them they won't come back until the $300 per week supplemental benefits end, because they're making more money staying at home than if they would work.

 

This does not have a happy ending for anyone....local businesses struggling to get back to normal following a devestating 2020, factories trying to fill an avalanche of orders as consumers are spending again, and most importantly, the economy of our local communities trying to get to normal.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on Recent DeWitt County Board Meeting

Posted May 5, 2021

 

Dear Editor:
 

Since I was silenced while trying to express my opinion at this months County Board meeting by Mrs. Tilley I have decided to use a different venue to state my concerns.  


The tone of some of the members in statements and the use of the review process to establish moratoriums on development in the County is sending a bad message to future developers who may be looking here as a location. 


Mr. Carter stating "let me remind you that the vision of DeWitt County is to preserve the agricultural heritage and to provide high quality residential growth" and "I just want you to know what you'll be dealing with when you come in." during a Land Use committee meeting cannot be taken as anything but anti-development. (Clinton Journal 4-16)


His motions for "review" are intended to stop, obstruct, and hinder development. Most of these motions and ridiculous statements are for notoriety. The hey, look at me moment. They have no true substance except to obstruct and hinder. I know of no developer who would go forward with an application and not know for up to six months what ordinances are required to be observed in order to complete the project! Instead, I would look for a friendlier more welcoming environment in which to spend my money and my time. By any other name it is still a moratorium!

 
It's not a secret that developers don't walk into any situation they haven't researched. They also communicate among themselves at meetings, conventions, and trade shows as examples. Word of mouth can be a death warrant. 

 

If it was just one member going rogue it would be a small controllable problem, but these motions went to a vote, and passed by a vast majority of the Board! That creates a much larger and more serious issue. 


The argument that development would take farmland out of production is true. It happened when Thorp/Syngenta in Wapella and Dekalb Seed in Farmer City were built, but look at how well they turned out. Any development on land the County is accountable for will do this, barns, tool sheds, grain elevators, even residential development. Progress is change and we must reconcile ourselves to that. Unless your land is being taken through an eminent domain action, it shouldn't be your issue. Let's not tell someone else how to use their land was a cry often used by the anti-wind group and I agree.

 
With Rivian expanding there should be some opportunities for our County. We have one of the lowest, if not the lowest, overall tax rates of the 102 Counties in Illinois. The travel time from DeWitt County to the Rivian plant is approximately the same time it takes to get across town in Bloomington-Normal. The roads to Rivian from here are all 4 lane and mostly interstate highway. There are even buildings setting empty which could be utilized. I believe Miller Container is an example and a possibility. The Board members who represent the County on the DCDC, Mrs. Meyers and Mr. Kammeyer, should be pushing to investigate such opportunities. Unfortunately, they are too concerned about micro-managing a wind farm.

 
The County Board's vision should be focused on opportunity. It should assist, encourage, and embrace development, not throw up roadblocks, obstruct, and trash it. The Residents don't want higher taxes or diminished basic services. This will, unfortunately, be the case if there is no foresight when it comes to development and increasing the tax base. It's not an if, but a when situation!


The difference in tax rates for agricultural property and commercial property is significant and development could help alleviate some of the losses we are surely going to experience.


Finally, the conversation about the Zoning Administrators qualifications was appalling! That discussion should have been done in his office and not during a public meeting. Another "hey look at me" moment. If this was an example of the regard for our County's staff, it's a situation that is not acceptable or good management policy!

 

Lance M. Reece 
Clinton, Illinois
 

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Station Editorial: Watch Out for Slow Moving Farm Vehicles During Planting Season

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 25, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  As we've been saying in this space for several weeks, it's finally spring.  Not only does that mean the birds singing and the trees budding, but also means that Central Illinois farmers are on the roads getting to and from their fields to plant the 2021 corn and soybean crop.

 

With agriculture being the number one industry in the counties we serve, it's important that we remember that farmers not only grow food for us in the United States, but for mouths that need fed around the world.

 

We are grateful for the farm families that labor to till, plant, and nuture a crop that literally feeds the world.

 

And, remember, anytime you put gasoline in your tank, in most cases at least 10 percent of what you pump is ethanol that comes from corn grown right here in Central Illinois.  It's another way for us to support our farmers.

 

For those of you that burn diesel fuel in your big rigs and larger vehicles, also remember what you pump includes biodiesel made from soybean oil.  Those soybeans are grown right here in Central Illinois.

 

Planting season also means that large tractors, tilling and planting equipment, will be moving on our state and county highways and township roads.  Please be respectful of them and remember they display those "slow moving vehicle"emblems for a reason.

 

Our radio group joins county Illinois Farm Bureaus in asking you to "See a tractor and slow down" this spring.  That will help both you and the farmer driving that equipment, safe on our roads, and also help both you and the farmer grow this year's crop from some of the most productive farmland in the world!

 

County Farm Bureau's will be posting signs and banners along roadways with the same "See a tractor and slow down" reminder.  We hope you'll follow their advice.

 

For the sake of our farmers.

 

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

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Station Editorial On Getting the COVID Vaccine

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 6, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, it's spring...the birds are singing, the buds are popping on the trees, the tractors are in the field preparing the seed bed for planting...it's an encouraging time of year.  It feels good.  Warmer weather.  Happier faces.  Upbeat attitudes.

 

What a difference a year makes!  

 

Only this year, we have happier faces and upbeat attitudes for one more reason:  There's light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel with 3 different vaccines available for pretty much all adults that want it.

I've had my first Pfizer shot, and will get my second.  The older you are, or those with health problems, the more you need it.

 

I've heard some talk from a few people that say "I've decided NOT to get it."  

 

Before you make that decision a hard and fast one, think about your family.  Your friends.  Those you go to work or church with.  Think about all these people BEFORE thinking about yourself.

 

Don't be one of those that could, God forbid, get the disease.  No matter what you're age, it isn't pretty.  It affect everyone in different ways.

 

I'm almost 66 years old.  My wife and I both decided we were better off to get it, than not to get it.  I want to still be around for my 4 grandchildren, 2 of which are a LONG way from their high school graduation.

 

So, before you say "I'm NOT getting the vaccine", think about your family, your friends, those you are around every day.  Think about THEM before thinking of yourself.

 

Then, make the RIGHT decision.  Get the shot.  Protect yourself and know that you're doing something good for all of us.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on Clinton School District and COVID

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 29, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

One year ago, teachers and students experienced a change in education that no one expected. COVID took away fourth quarter in-class learning in every school district in Illinois and learning was accomplished remotely with teacher’s instruction. Everyone hoped school would return to “normal” in the fall.

 

We have yet to reach that point even now. In the Clinton School District, there is in-class learning at the schools which requires masks and social distancing. And there is online learning at home using the Edmentum Online Learning Program. A tough decision to choose between the two for both parents and students.

 

In-class learning isn’t what it used to be, but the teachers are doing their best. Online learning is a whole different story. No teachers to ask questions and no other students to collaborate with. Learning is done on your own.

 

The Clinton School District established a policy over the summer that required parents make a choice between in-class and online learning before the school year began. After a week, several parents requested a change from online to in-class learning. They were understandably unprepared for the responsibility. It became clear that online learning had some weaknesses, especially for parents and students experiencing it for the first time.

 

In mid-October, the administration raised the question of online students returning to in-class learning at the beginning of the second quarter.  The teachers had reservations, so the school board made no changes to the policy at that time. The board did amend the policy to allow parents to switch learning styles at the end of the first semester.

 

Research indicates in-class learning offers the best opportunity for success.. Two weeks ago I spoke personally to Curt Nettles, the superintendent of the Clinton School District, and I spoke to every school board member over the phone. Each person I spoke to said they want all students back in class because they feel it is in the best interest of the students. I then attended the March school board meeting and asked the school board to allow online students to return to in-class learning at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

 

The school board discussed my proposal at the end of the meeting. Despite Nettles and the school board members telling me that students should be in school, Nettles reminded the school board that the current board policy restricted online students from returning to class after the beginning of the second semester and he thought teachers still had their reservations. These two items swayed board members against considering my proposal.

 

Here is the dilemma that faces the Clinton School District. Everyone believes students learn best in the classroom with teachers. The Superintendent told me so. The school board members told me so. And the teachers should believe it or I question their motivation for being in the classroom. If everyone agrees, then how in good conscience can the school district tell students they can’t return?

 

The answer is they haven’t. Some students have been allowed to return during the third quarter. The returns required “extenuating” circumstances and only Nettles decided whether the circumstances warranted the returns. One person in the district holds the power to include or exclude a student’s presence to learn in the classroom. Superintendent or not, one person’s opinion of what is or what isn’t extenuating offers no recourse.

 

There are students in the district that want to switch from online learning to in-class learning immediately. I personally know of at least two. I also know that their in-class teachers don’t have any reservations regarding their return. Both of these students have been told no. So why won’t they be allowed to return?  Because of the school board’s policy not permitting online learners returning and their circumstances don’t meet Nettles’ criteria. 

 

Can anything be done to correct this? Yes. Contact the school board members. Their phone numbers are on the Clinton School District website. Let them know your opinion of the board policy restricting online learners from switching to in-class learners immediately. The board members have the ability to call a special meeting to discuss this policy and adjust it as soon as possible. The students deserve your efforts.

 

Karl Diener
Clinton USD 15 Teacher (Retired)

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Station Editorial on DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission Decision to Avoid Extensive Litigation on Wind Farms

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted March 22, 2021

 

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

 

We applaude the recent decision by the DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission when they voted not to recommend attempting to rescind the Alta Farms  proposal to build a wind farm in northwest DeWitt County.  

 

In that meeting, DeWitt County State's Attorney Dan Markwell indicated that rescinding what's called the "S-U-P" allowing the Alta Farms project to proceed, could result in legal and financial headaches for DeWitt County.

 

The issue of wind farms in DeWitt County, has been a very emotional one over the past several years, with strong feelings on both sides of the issue.  But, after extensive testimony to the R-P-C and the County Board as a whole on 2 different occasions, the County Board narrowly voted in favor of the wind farm ordinance, thus allowing Enel Green Power's Tradewind Energy Alta Farms wind project to proceed.

 

We're not here to re-hash the merits or de-merits of wind farms in DeWitt County.  We're looking at this strictly from the costs of extensive litigation, that DeWitt County taxpayers would end up paying.

The DeWitt County Board has a right to hold the developer accountable in every phase of construction.  To not do that is shirking their responsibility.  But, there's a difference between providing accountability, and building legal road blocks which would mean some very expensive lawyer bills to be paid by the county, with no guarantee of the outcome.

 

We hope that both sides of this emotional issue will realize that further litigation against the other, will just fill the lawyer's pockets, and could possibly not have the outcome they want.

 

We encourage the members of the DeWitt County Board to continue being thorough in making sure that all of the taxpayers' money is being spent correctly and prudently.  

 

Because, that's what they're elected to do.

 

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

 

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Letter to the Editor: DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission Made a Wise Decision

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 18, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

Earlier this week, the DeWitt County RPC made a wise decision for the future of our county. They opted not to recommend attempting to rescind the Alta Farms SUP.

 

In the meeting it was noted that our County States Attorney, Dan Markwell, had advised not attempting to rescind the SUP as it could create a financial/legal predicament for the County.

 

I urge the County Board to think about the future of our County when they consider this item as well. 

 

Sincerely,

Becky Fatheree, Clinton 

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is Still In the Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 7, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I'm about 2/3rd's the way thru a 2018 book by author Doris Kearns Goodwin called "Leadership in Turbulent Times", which describes in great detail how 4 of our country's greatest presidents--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson--took the country thru various challenges our country went thru.  

 

Goodwin describes Lincoln as providing Transformational Leadership, Theodore Roosevelt providing Crisis Leadership, F-D-R providing Turnaround Leadership, and L-B-J providing Visionary Leadership.

 

The most striking thing about all 4, is that they all assembled people from all points of view and all political parties at the time, to help thru country thru what it was going thru at that time.  There was disagreement, but all 4 leaders listened to all sides, discussed the pros and cons of all sides, negotiated with all sides, and developed a consensus that all sides supported.  There was no demonizing one side or the other.  All points of view were listened to, and everyone was involved in arriving at a consensus.

 

Fast forward to the last decade or so.  Whether in Washington or Springfield, politicians have demonized the other side--whether it's left or right--making the atmosphere to come to a consensus on anything nearly impossible.  

 

Our country's founders over 200 years ago, set our democracy up with all sides' point of views considered to reach a consensus.  

 

As my hair turns from gray to white, I've seen in my 6 plus decades on this earth, the political pendelum swing from left and right of center.  But in the last decade or so, it's swung hard left, then hard right, then hard left again, when the country still is basically to the left or right of the center, or as I call it, the middle.

 

The answer is still in the middle, whether we were in a Civil War, the industrial revolution, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, or a coronavirus outbreak.

 

The answer is still in the middle.  Politicians need to show more statesmenship and the ability to bring all sides, no matter which side w'ere talking about, to the table.  Only then will our democracy work the way the Founding Fathers created it.

 

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

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Station Editorial on All-New Sports Radio Station and New Fishing and Hunting Show on Miller Media Group Stations

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 22, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I'm departing from my usual rants about state government, to share some positive, exciting news with you.

 

First, our radio group had a baby on January First!  Yes, we launched our first all-sports radio station on the air and on line, that can be heard in both our Taylorville and Clinton markets.  It's called THE WINNER and heard in Christian County at 96-point-5 FM, and on-line in our Clinton market and everywhere else, at THEWINNER965.COM.  

 

This 24 hour a day all-sports radio station features national sportstalk from the Sports Map Radio Network, as its primary network.  But, THE WINNER also is airing play by play of Chicago Bulls Basketball, and a full schedule of Big Ten Basketball from the Compass Media Networks.  THE WINNER will also broadcast ALL the games of the Big Ten Tournament in March.

 

THE WINNER 96-5 and THEWINNER965.COM has also signed an agreement to broadcast EVERY game of the Chicago Bears next fall, and we're in discussions with one of the Midwest's Major League Baseball teams to carry all of their games.

 

Local programing on THE WINNER 96-5 and THEWINNER965.COM comes to you every Wednesday afternoon from one til 3, when our Miller Media Group sports announcers talk about high school, collegiate, and professional sports on a show we call "THE SPORTS GUYS."

 

We hope you'll listen this our new all-sports radio station, either on the air at 96-point-5 FM in Christian County, or in Clinton and everywhere else on-line at THEWINNER965.COM!

 

Second, we're proud of our local farm broadcaster and Clinton station manager Jared White, who is the creator and producer of a weekly hour-long show on fishing and hunting called "Central Illinois Outdoors".  This show focuses on fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation, & conservation in central Illinois, primarily on the Clinton Lake and Lake Shelbyville areas. 

 

The show will feature up-to-date weekly fishing information on local lakes from professional guides, include "Celebrity Sportsman" and "Catch of the Week" segments as well.  It can be heard on 3 of our stations every weekend.

 

As we enter 2021, we are excited about the launch of our new all-sports radio station and our new fishing and hunting show.  Give'em a listen and let me know what you think.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Letter to the Editor:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted January 12, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

Newly elected Congresswoman Mary Miller is being attacked by the left-wing smear machine. Her sin? Quoting Hitler’s infamous assertion from Mein Kampf about indoctrinating children. “Whoever has the youth has the future.”

 

Doing what they do well, leftists have taken her words out of context, distorted them in shameful ways, and misrepresented her. Illinois’ U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky called for her resignation.

 

Where was their indignation when U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn compared Trump to Hitler in 2019 or when U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence did the same in 2020 (and Trump supporters to Hitler supporters). They were also silent when Joe Biden recently compared U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels?

 

Evidently, it’s not so much what she said, but rather what she stands for that they hate with a vengeance. She is a faithful Christian woman, a farmer, a mother, and a grandmother whose faith and love for this country caused her to run for the U.S. Congress. She stands for everything they hate.

 

Illinois Family Institute proudly stands in support of Mary Miller and her bold pro-life, pro-family platform and we encourage your readers to stand with her, encourage her, and to pray for her.

 

 

Kathy Valente

Director of Operations

Illinois Family Institute

Tinley Park, IL 60477

 

 

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Station Editorial: Hold Onto Your Pocketbooks

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted December 30, 2020

 

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

 

Well, as we welcome a new year, it's time for our politicians to again get into our pockets for more of you and I's money, otherwise known as taxes.  

 

But, hey, it's Illinois, so should we expect anything less!

 

The General Assembly passed changes in the state's sales tax, to make on-line companies like Amazon, charge Illinois State Sales Tax on purchases made by consumers in Illinois.  Politicians claimed that was to try and level the playing field between the on-line stores and brick and mortar, mom and pop businesses.

 

But, hid behind those changes in the state's sales tax, is a complex and goobly-goop maze which are actually 4 different tax charges in Illinois:

 

There's the Retailers’ occupation tax that applies to tangible personal property;
The Service occupation tax that applies to services;
The Service use tax that applies to services; and 
The Use tax that applies to tangible personal property.

 

A local auctioneer I visited with just before the end of 2020, informed me that the changes in the "Retailer's Occupation Tax" starting January First, means that every item you buy at an auction, is now TAXED, even though whoever bought that item when it was NEW, had ALREADY PAID Illinois State Sales Tax on it.  That means that item is being taxed TWICE.

 

With legislators and the Governor continuing to spend money like it's water, and with the state's revenues plummetting due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's a safe bet that they'll be rolling out more taxes to make up what will be a billion dollar deficit in the state budget in 2021.

 

And we wonder why more people continue to LEAVE Illinois, than are moving in.

 

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

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Station Editorial: We Made It thru 2020

STATION EDITIORIAL

Posted December 4, 2020

 

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

 

As we celebrate the birth of Christ and get ready to usher in a New Year, normally we reflect on the year we're leaving, reviewing the successes and failures we've had whether in our faith, family, or business.

 

But, this year, quite frankly, I'm just thankful that I still have all 3.  It's been a trying year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the stress it's caused all of us.  I've learned to pray more, try to spend more time with my family more when it makes sense, and worked to make sure we continue to serve our listeners and advertisers while keeping our employees in all 3 of our buildings safe.

 

I gotta tell ya, it's worn me out, and from visiting with countless listeners and advertisers thru-out this year, I know I'm not alone.

 

But, for a few moments, let's reflect on the greatest gift we've ever been given...the birth of Jesus Christ.  He came to Earth so that we have the choice of living for Him to get thru this thing we call life, as well as be with Him in Heaven when, in my case, I sign off for good.

 

The wonderful Christmas music we're playing in each market, attracts me to the story of Christ's birth from Matthew Chapter One, where an angel of the Lord speaks to Joseph.  Quoting the Scripture:  

 

What is conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

 

From my wife Cathy, our daughters and grand-daughters, and our employees and families at our stations in Taylorville, Shelbyville, and Clinton, may your family have a wonderful holiday season remembering that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

 

And, may your 2021 be full of health, happiness, and prosperity...and may the coronavirus finally be gone!

 

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

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Station Editoral: We Have Much To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving Season

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 11, 2020

 

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

 

In the midst of what has been one of the most challenging years all of us have experienced, it's time to reflect during this Thanksgiving season, on all the many blessings God has given us.

 

He has given us life itself.  If you don't believe that, just look at the beautiful scene we call Nature.  Even skeptics have to admit that only some type of Higher Power, could create something as magnificent as the sunrises, the trees and their beautiful colors of fall, the sunsets, the oceans, the creatures, as well as man and woman.

 

In the United States, he has given us freedom.  Many times we don't realize how blessed we are.  Just listen to the news stories about other counties that DON'T have the freedom we enjoy.

 

And, despite all the challenges we've faced this year, He has blessed us with each other.  We're here to love, encourage and support each other, in good times and bad.

 

During this Thanksgiving season, we thank God for all of these blessings, and most of all, we thank Him for the opportunity of serving YOU, our great listeners and advertisers, from Monticello to Springfield, from Effingham to Hillsboro, and everywhere in between.  

 

We are honored to earn your listenership and your advertising dollars each and every day, and we don't take that for granted....ever.

 

So, from my wife Cathy and I, as well as our radio family at our Taylorville, Shelbyville and Clinton locations, we THANK YOU for allowing us to be part of your lives every day.  May you and YOUR family enjoy this Thanksgiving season together, remembering that we DO have so much to be thankful for.

 

And, that, is what Thanksgiving is all about.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: "You Can Fool All of the People Some of the Time"....

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 11, 2020

 

Dear Editor:


The late impressionist David Frye had a routine where President Richard Nixon, as a high school football benchwarmer, urged his coach to let him in the game. “I have a plan that can win the game,” Nixon assured the coach. “And to this day”, moderated Frye, “that coach is still wondering exactly what Dick Nixon’s plan was.”


Those old enough may remember that Nixon had an equally secretive, albeit less comedic plan to end the Vietnam War, just one catch: you had to vote him into the White House for him to unveil his plan. Revealing it sooner, Nixon reasoned, would tip the communists off to our intentions.


If this campaigning strategy sounds familiar, it’s probably because you follow current events. “I have a plan for that” chirped Elizabeth Warren during the Democratic debates. Estimates on the Green New Deal range from $51-93 trillion, and Bernie Sanders suggested erasing all student debt.

 

But as Illinois Republican Sen. Everette Dirksen reputedly said, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Remember when a billion dollars was considered a lot of money?


President Trump’s health care plan to replace Obamacare, a promise he’s made five times in 2020 alone is my favorite “secret plan” example. It’s always just a few weeks away, but will be worth the wait.


How does that saying go, “You can fool all of the people some of the time…”?


Nixon’s plan to end the Vietnam War was successful—for Nixon. It helped him get elected in 1968. The actual war ended differently.


When the smoke clears from the November 3rd election, we’ll better understand what we’ve learned since 1968—if anything.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois  60143

 

 

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Letter to the Editor: I Wear A Mask

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 1, 2020

 

Please note that per company policy, dewittdailynews.com edited the content of this letter.

 

Dear Editor:

 

I wear a mask out of respect for others, to protect myself as best I can, and to help protect others. I, frankly, feel patriotic in doing this single act. Then, someone else took it upon himself to decide who I am and why I was wearing a mask in public.

 

President Roosevelt in WWII said something very applicable to the viral invasion we are facing today:

 

"There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks."

 

We already have the virus in our midst.  Families have lost loved one to this dreadful disease. In our healthcare settings, frontline workers risk their health and their very lives for others every single day.

 

We do not need to add the infections of ridicule and intimidation to the viral spread in our community.

 

Think before you speak, and maybe take some time to learn a little history before you warp it to a social media meme.


Sincerely,


Elizabeth Burns

Clinton, IL 61727

 

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is In The Middle, Chapter 2

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 1, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The title of this editorial is "The Answer is in the Middle, Chapter 2." 

 

In an editorial that aired in August and was also posted on both of our on-line daily newspapers, I pointed out that at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, both Republicans and Democrats scared us into staying in our homes as much as possible because they didn't want to be blamed for killing off Grandma.

 

And, as we enter the holiday season months, cases are spiking again, causing Governor Pritzker to close restaurants and bars for dine-in service.  It feels like mid-March all over again.

 

In a recent interview as cases were spiking across the state, Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia said that unless Illinois took a more reasonable approach to mitigation, thousands of restaurants are at risk of permanent closure.  Toia added that closing restaurants for indoor service will result in the exact opposite of the intended impact of slowing the spread, as it drives people further into what he called uncontrolled, unmonitored private gatherings where few safety precautions are in place.

 

As I said in my August editorial, the answer is in the middle because that's where common sense is.  Common sense is to respect this virus by being responsible and making smart decisions.  Practice social distancing, wear a mask anytime you're out of the house going to school, the store or pharmacy, and wash your hands. If you're in the vulnerable population or have other health conditions, take that into consideration anytime you do anything or go anywhere.  

 

Even as more testing shows more positive cases, we should again be using common sense thru this.  

 

As free people, as adults, as grandparents, moms and dads, as human beings, let's apply common sense as we continue to maneuver thru this.  We are closer to the end of this, than the beginning.  I know fear remains about the unknown of when it will end. 

 

But again, the answer is in the middle.  Stay healthy and safe and there will be a positive end to this.

That's our opinion, we welcome yours. 

 

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

 

 

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Letter to the Editor: It's Time For a Change

There is not just one reason that I have decided that it is time for a change to the DeWitt County Board..  There are several reasons. 

 

I have served on an elected community board in the past, and I know that it is a lot of work.  It also takes great commitment and time.  I was elected for three terms for a total of 12 years.  I also know that one cannot please everyone all of the time.  Most people run for office because they would like to make improvements for the good of the community in which they live. 

 

Some of those decisions may directly affect them.  Some may not.  When we are elected to a public office, we are to serve the people who elected us. 

 

I have had the opportunity to attend several DeWitt County Board meetings as well as many zoning board meetings this past year. 

 

The following are reasons that I see the need for a change to the DeWitt County Board:

 

    I have seen impatience and inappropriate comments made by some incumbent board members to other sitting board members who asked extra questions, needed further explanations, or wanted to modify proposed motions.  This is disrespectful in my mind.  All questions are worthy of consideration.  No one is above being asked for an explanation.


    I have witnessed some of the incumbent board members not voting to protect the public safety of those they were elected to represent .  For instance, some incumbents failed to vote for an amendment that would allow road work to NOT begin until the impacted drainage district agreed.  Our rural roads are our lifeline.  Why not consider this important?  In another motion, Alta Farms ll was asked to coordinate with ALL LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS.  This modification failed.  Why?  I would have liked to hear why this was not in the best interest of our county residents.


    I have also become aware that there is not a willingness by some incumbents to discuss proposals and/or compromise in some way.  Compromise and discussion can help make our county better.  It allows us, the citizens, to know that we are being heard.  It allows us to know that the board members are serving the public and not themselves. 

 

Public officials are elected to serve the public.  There is usually not only one right way.  There were many modifications proposed that would have made a huge impact for some people.  All were worthy of true discussion and compromise.  When some incumbent members decide that they no longer need to consider those who are most at risk of harm, then we need to elect other people.

It is time for a change. 

 

Please consider voting for Megan Myers in District C; Buck Carter, Jamie Prestegaard, and Aaron Kammeyer in District A for the DeWitt County Board. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joann Woolums

Clinton, IL  61727

 

 

 

 

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Letter to the Editor: DeWitt County Board Incumbents Seeking Re-Election Need To Answer Questions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 28, 2020

 

Dear Editor:
 

The DeWitt County Board incumbents up for election have a few questions that need to be answered.  These types of questions would be considerations a sound business would address, that experienced representatives would consider, and that sound legal advice would ensure are answered prior to proceeding with regular business.

 

In 2018 and 2019, the wind company for Alta Farms Wind Project II submitted two special use permits.  Each permit filed required a very sizable fee to be paid by the wind company.  In each case, it was reported that the monies (much more than $250,000) were added to the General Fund.  These monies could have instead been earmarked to pay for independent engineering and/or legal costs, etc.  What was this money used for and why was it not placed in a special fund?

 

In years leading up to the filing of these permits, several amendments to wind ordinances were recommended to the Board that would have prevented legal and engineering costs, among others, from being incurred by the County (residents).  I believe the term “indemnification” (compensation for harm or loss; security against legal liability for one's action) was part of the recommended amendment wording.  And as I remember, this was part of an address made to the Board during this process by one of the new candidates.  Why did all the incumbents vote against this recommendation?

 

These are just a few of the questions incumbents need to answer in order to inform us constituents.  Why were these questions not part of the radio forum, or part of the latest pro-incumbent letters to the editor, or part of all the postings, mailing, and newspaper articles? 

 

ALL the letters, mailings and articles suggest these apparent shortcomings in the experienced incumbents’ operation of this County Board are the fault of those affected by this project, and now, bearing liability falls on the County’s residents.  Where is the incumbents’ share of responsibility?

 

Pamela D. Elliott

Wapella IL 

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Letter to the Editor: Treat DeWitt County Board Election Like a Business

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 26, 2020

 

Dear Editor:
 

If you were going to fire someone for something they did that you felt was wrong, for which of the following reasons would it be?


    1) They were good stewards of company money and always stayed within budget?
    2) They have been able to work together with other employees regardless of differing views to get the job done?
    3) They didn’t cause unwarranted scrutiny by news sources?
    4) They found ways to bring the company from being in the red to being in the black?
    5) They have worked extra hours without compensation to get the job done?
    6)  They volunteered their skills to enrich their employer (at no charge and not needing recognition)?
    7) When a critical employee safety component of the business was about to be lost they found a less expensive solution while protecting more?
    8) They found a way to decrease utility costs at no extra expense for the employer?
    9) They lobbied to keep an important source of revenue for the company?
    10) They transformed a company disgrace into a state-of-the-art facility?
    11) They protected the company from chemical contaminants insuring all employees stayed safe?
    12) They made sure all departments had the resources needed to perform properly?
    13) They looked forward to ensure that the revenue needed to survive was being addressed?
    14) They proactively made required minimum wage increases less of an impact on the company’s bottom line, while working at well below minimum wage levels to do their own jobs?
    15) They are willing to keep their positions even though they know the road ahead is going to be difficult because of revenue losses created by Covid19 and other factors?
    16) They continually look for a revenue stream which doesn’t cost the employees any financial burdens…even when not all support their efforts?
    17) There have been no lay-offs during their tenure because of good budgeting and fiscal responsibility?
    18) They make decisions because it was good for the company and other employees rather that what a minority thought of them?
    19) They were willing to voice their opinions in public when others who are applying for their jobs wouldn’t?


Now, substitute DeWitt County for company and workplace, residents of DeWitt County for bosses and other employees, and they for incumbent board members now running for re-election.


Looking at the very possible loss of revenue that we may face down the road, it is more important now more than ever, to keep experienced and proven leaders in the offices of the County Board. 


Re-elect Camille Redman and Lance Reece in District A and
 Jay Wickenhauser, Scott Nimmo, and Dave Newberg in District C.


Kim Spencer

Clinton, IL  

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 23, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

It is clear that the new candidates running for DeWitt County Board have been unfairly mentioned by a faction that does not clearly identify themselves in mailings, postcards, phone calls, and other online posts.  Having attended most Board meetings over the last several years, I can attest to why these candidates decided to run for office.

 

In a recent mailing, it was questioned as to whether the new candidates (the so-called “no show candidates”) did not want to show their lack of knowledge about issues affecting the County at a recent radio interview forum.  Each new candidate was named in this letter and accused of numerous claims.  One new candidate was called a “Manchurian candidate”, a reference to a “political thriller about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy.”  Why does this group feel the need to name-call?

  

In a recent newspaper article, the claim is that wind turbines are being built all around DeWitt County approved by other conservative counties.  They ask why are wind turbines so bad and why is a local group trying to spread untruths.  They do not list any counties that are trying to implement ordinances to protect their residents from falling blades or from radar impediments which are both real safety issues, among others.

 

In recent postcards, it was claimed that the new candidates were recruited by a local group.  In fact, after attending many Board meetings, it became obvious to each that change was needed.  The safety of residents was not being considered at Board meetings and incumbent Board members rarely stated their reasoning for their votes and motions. 

 

Claims were also made about harassment of Arcosa employees, and that these new candidates do not care about these employees.  In fact, an amendment to the wind ordinances was recommended that would have guaranteed Arcosa employees continued employment but was voted down by these incumbents.

 

In online posts, the same information was disseminated as was on the postcards about Arcosa.  In fact, a post on the page actually says this layoff was not due to this wind project but instead due to loss of contracts with GE.  

 

It may be true that these new candidates were attracted to the County Board meetings by a single issue.  But, what they observed during these meetings was unsettling and drove each to try to make a change for the better. 

 

Each having diverse backgrounds and experience that they want to contribute, allowed them to recognize the current Board’s shortcomings.  Each of these new candidates, if one would take the time to research, is very concerned about current Board operation.  It is time for a change.

 

Terry Husted

Clinton, IL 61727

 

 

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Letter to the Editor: Sitting DeWitt County Board Members Ought Not to Be Re-Elected

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 21, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Over the last three years, DeWitt County has had a very controversial topic at hand.  As somebody who has watched this controversial battle, I want to point out things I’ve noticed about some of the sitting County Board members.

 

First, I am not impressed that some of our sitting Board members want everyone to know that they are working together to better DeWitt County.  I like independent thinkers and representatives who listen to their constituent’s concerns.

 

Those who are in Board positions should bring something to the table, such as discussion/conversation, questions, and ideas on how to compromise.  For the 5 sitting Board members who are up for re-election, showing up for meetings unprepared and unengaged seems to be a re-occurring habit. 

 

When the same Board members vote exactly the same way as the others every time, and don’t initiate conversation or have any questions about important matters, it leaves voters questioning the ability of these Board members to lead this community.

  

Earlier this year, the ZBA board experienced 17 nights (over 50 hours) of testimony from those who support and oppose the Alta Farms II windfarm project.  Again, as somebody who attended, I witnessed DeWitt County residents come to these meetings night after night, tired from a full day’s work from their own jobs, to listen and testify their concerns.

 

I can tell you there were 6 County Board members who didn’t even bother to attend these nights.  These same folks wanted to be Board members, but wouldn’t attend meetings that were important to their constituents.  Their lack of attendance, at least for some of the meetings, should concern everyone. 

  

I will not always agree with how some Board members vote. I accept that. But I cannot accept their desire for voter support now when our County needed them to listen and they failed to do so. 

 

I wanted to hear how they intend to do, prepare and engage better, to thoroughly discuss issues and better represent their constituents in the future. But no. Instead, voters get mailers falsely blaming those who oppose a windfarm for layoffs at a local company. How ridiculous.  The behaviors of the Board members running for re-election have been unprofessional, and are not the representation DeWitt County voters need and deserve. 

 

Five sitting Board members are asking for voter’s support for re-election, but because of how these sitting board members have treated their constituents, they deserve to be voted out. 

 

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” – Brene Brown

They didn’t.  But you can.  VOTE – CARTER, KAMMEYER, PRESTEGAARD, and MEYERS.   


Ashley Ooms
Weldon

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