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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.

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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

 

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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

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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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Station Editorial: Politicians Just Mess Things Up

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 29, 2021


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

 

It seems that politicians, no matter what political party, many times just mess things up.  Here are 3 cases to prove my point.

 

Case # 1:  The way the United States pulled out of Afghanastan.  Now, I’m not a military expert, but common sense tells me that when you’re in a country half a world away, you don’t tell the enemy when you’re going to pull your troops out of a country, and you especially don’t pull out the troops BEFORE you get American citizens and Afghans who helped us, out of the country. The Taliban has proven that they are not nice people, and the consequences of the bungled withdrawal for those not airlifted out, are going to be dire.

 

Case # 2:  The way the COVID-19 pandemic has been handled.  While you can criticize the way the vaccine approval process was sped up, they were still thoroughly tested before released to the public.  But, the way both Republicans and Democrats have sold us on getting whatever vaccine you desire, hasn’t been enough to convince the majority of Americans to get the shot.  Instead, many have framed the discussion as overreach by the federal government, telling us what to do, instead of allowing us to make the choice ourselves.

 

It IS a choice.  My wife and I CHOSE to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Sadly, I’ve experienced the outcome of NOT getting the vaccine first hand, when my sister-in-law passed away from COVID on August 21st.  The way she died wasn’t pretty, gasping for her last breath.  It’s YOUR choice.

 

Case # 3:  Illinois lawmakers claimed they HAD to re-draw the state senatorial and state representative maps this spring, BEFORE the 2020 Census data came out.   BUT!  Those same Illinois lawmakers ARE waiting on that 2020 Census data before re-drawing the U-S Congressional maps..  

 

All 3 cases I cited, don’t give me a lot of faith in politicians right now.

 

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

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Station Editorial: The Governor Didn't Have to Pile On

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 23, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The August 4th executive order signed by Illinois governor J-B Pritzker mandating that students attending school in grades kindergarten thru the 12th grade this school year, set off a firestorm of emotion and reaction statewide.

 

Parents of students filled the meeting rooms of local school boards across the state, demanding that the state policy be reversed by the local board.

 

Unfortunately, the Governor and the Illinois State School Superintendent made it very clear, that any school district that failed to follow the executive order, would risk state funding as well as not being able to participate in I-H-S-A sports.

 

There are 2 problems with this approach.  First, what the Governor did was nothing more than send an edict down from on high sounding like a dictator rather than a Governor.  Not that downstate was going to vote for him anyway, but it is getting closer and closer to the November 2022 election.

 

The second, and this is the one I have the biggest problem with, is the position the Governor has placed local school boards and their superintendents, who are helpless in the situation other than being a lighting rod for angry parents that need an outlet to express their opinion.  Many local school boards in our Taylorville and Clinton service areas, were faced with lots of upset people who wanted action, but couldn't get it unless that school board wanted state funding and the ability to play competitive sports, to go away.

 

As I've indicated before, we're a country of choices, and all of us have choices to make every day.   A student wearing a mask in school, is a decision that needs to be made by the local school board and local parents, not by a Governor's executive order.

 

Such approach doesn't do anyone any good.  People's mental health have already been stretched to the limit as a result of this pandemic the last year and a half.  Governor Pritzker didn't have to pile on.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor from DeWitt County Board Chair on Wind Turbine Issue

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 20, 2021

Dear Editor:

In response to the letter from Barb McMath I had a long chain of emails.  in fact I asked 3 times for a response to my question about curtailment. The first was answered that PJM needed 20 minutes notice to curtail. Upon reading about curtailing for our condition, they finally  answered that curtailment without out permission can occur for safety and mechanical reasons. I did not get this response until after the meeting on the 22nd of July. I,in fact, stated at that meeting that I had hoped for my answer for the meeting. 

 

I resent the accusation of holding off in order to delay. I have been on record that the Condition 1 had been met as 30 permits have been issued. This is a contentious issue but our SUP set the guidelines for the project and the letter of our ordinance must be followed by Enel and the County

 

Thank you,
Terry Ferguson

Dewitt County Board Chair

Clinton, IL

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Letter to the Editor: Is The DeWitt County Board Making The Same Mistake Again?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 19, 2021

Dear Editor:

We study history so we do not make the same mistakes again.  Unfortunately, some members of the DeWitt County Board do not remember the years of 2011 thru 2015 when poor leadership depleted county funds to almost bankruptcy. 

 

During the years 2016 thru 2020, new and old members of the board worked diligently to get DeWitt County back to financial stability.  Once again, DeWitt County is headed in the same direction.


The DeWitt County Board is currently being sued for their vote to stop issuing permits to Alta Wind Farm II due to questions of curtailment.  The county’s vote has put the taxpayers and the wellbeing of the county at fiscal risk. 

 

What is worse is that the Chairman of the Board had a letter from PJM, the grid operator, confirming that the wind project could curtail turbines immediately without notification “to prevent personal injury or equipment damage” two days before the vote took place. Why did Chairman Ferguson not present the letter to the board and citizens of the county?  Why would he allow the county to face millions in damages?


The day after the vote, he DeWitt County Administrator sent the PJM letter to every county board member confirming that the project could be curtailed. 

 

Why does the board continue to let the lie go on with millions of dollars on the line?  The board should do the right thing and stop pretending this new business in DeWitt County is something to play with?

 

Barbara McMath
Clinton, IL 61727
 

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Station Editorial: Feeling Good About Our Country

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 31, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.  A couple of items I’ve heard or seen recently, both gave me a good feeling about our children and our country.  I’d like to share both with you.

 

First, I’ve heard many stories from our Miller Media Group announcing staff who covered the many 4-H and County Fairs thru-out July.  These stories all had one telling thread, that 4-H’ers who needed assistance with their animals as they prepared them for the show ring, were given that assistance by other 4-H’ers.  Whether it was offering a brush, or doing something to help their fellow 4-H’er get their animal ready to show, the  camaraderie was enough to cause University of Illinois Extension 4-H officials that organized the Fairs, to comment to us, as well as that same feedback coming from our staff announcers who broadcast live interviews with these 4-H’ers.  

 

Secondly, in my travels across our Taylorville and Clinton market areas, I’ve noticed more and more American flags being displayed at homes, businesses, and even in many villages and towns, not just during the 4th of July holiday, but they’ve stayed up and are still on display.  It encouraged me enough to do the same at our home.

 

Both of these “feel good” stories, give me hope and confidence about the future generation of youth, as well as our country in general.  No matter whether you’re liberal or conservative, left or right, no matter what color your skin is or your beliefs, we all are still Americans, living in the free-est country in the world.  

 

Our freedom was bought and paid for, by the sacrifices of the millions of service men and women that fought, and many cases, died, so that we enjoy the freedoms we have.

The freedom to fly the Stars and Stripes.  The freedom to show animals at a 4-H Fair.  And, the freedom for youngsters to help each other because they care.

 

Makes me feel good about the country I live in, and our future.  I hope you do, too. 

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

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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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