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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Candidates in General Election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 21, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

I believe we must consider leadership in the DeWitt County Board election this year.

 

As a former member of the County Board, I have worked alongside the incumbents who are running for reelection, and I would like to outline my experiences while doing so.  During my time on the County Board, everyone worked in unison to make sure that we were doing what was right for the County’s residents. We always presented a balanced budget, took care of County infrastructure, and gave the employees the tools they needed to perform their jobs with the most efficiency. 

 

All Board members respected one another and understood that "we were all in this together."   This is a result of leadership provided by David Newberg as Chairman and Camille Redman as Vice-Chairman.  Because of their vision for a better government, the Board worked its way out of a financial hole and still took care of the demands of the County’s needs. This was done without raising taxes!  The attitude of the Board starts with its leaders. 

 

Scott Nimmo, Jay Wickenhauser, and Lance Reece worked shoulder to shoulder with the other Board members to resolve all issues presented. 

 

Although not in leadership roles at that time, they participated in discussions and presented ideas to help reach a working solution.  It takes leadership to operate a governmental body, and these candidates have proven their ability to do just that!

 

Please vote for proven leaders:


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

 

Respectfully,
Randy Perring
Farmer City, IL  61842
 

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Station Editorial: Miller Media Group Starting Suicide Prevention Campaign

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 29, 2020

 

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

 

The Regional Radio listening area has seen an abnormally high number of suicides in recent months and years.  And, the stress of the coronavirus outbreak has made it worse.

 

The word suicide is one we don’t like to talk about or deal with.  We think it’s someone else’s problem, and then when you least expect it, a friend or loved one takes their life and you then wonder why.  Why did they feel like their life wasn’t worth living?  Didn’t they think about those they would be leaving behind?  What would lead them to make such a drastic decision?

 

As I said, we don’t like dealing with the subject because it’s uncomfortable, but too many times even in recent months in our own communities, it’s affected our families and friends.

 

That’s why we’re going to do something about it.  Over the next several months, you’ll hear law enforcement officials, health care professionals, and clergy in interviews and news stories on our group of stations, talk about suicide prevention.   Please don’t turn it off because it’s an uncomfortable subject.  Listen.  Truly listen to understand the “why”, so that maybe you and I can help a relative, neighbor, or friend that may be feeling depressed to the point they’re contemplating suicide.  

 

I’ll be listening even though discussing it or listening about it, IS uncomfortable.  But, what’s more uncomfortable is reporting news stories and obituaries about local friends and neighbors that have lost loved ones due to suicide.

 

Together, let’s address this subject, so we don’t lose anymore of our loved ones, friends and neighbors in our local communities.  Together, let’s help those who may be contemplating suicide.  Let’s tackle this problem...together.

 

And, if YOU feel depressed, call 800-273-TALK.  That's 800-273-TALK.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Fair Tax

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 29, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Our Governor is promoting his tax amendment as a fair tax. It really is the opposite. Let’s look at some examples:

 

If you earn $25000 a year and pay a 7% flat tax, you will owe $1750 in taxes.


If you earn $100000 a year and pay 7% flat tax, you owe $7000 in taxes.

 

So, higher earners already pay more taxes. The fact that everyone pays the same percentage rate is actually what makes this the fairer tax. As your income rises, so does your tax amount.

 

Don’t let the misleading ads on TV convince you otherwise. If nothing else, I just don’t trust the politicians when it comes to future tax increases and this so called “fair tax” will allow legislators to increase taxes more easily. I’d be more inclined to support an amendment for controlling spending.


I’m voting NO on the tax amendment and I hope you will too.

 

Rodney Karr
Clinton, Il
 

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is In The Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 2, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  In my travels across both of my Taylorville and Clinton markets the last several months during the coronavirus outbreak, I've heard the same thing from our listeners and advertisers.  And, it's this question:  Who are we to believe?

 

Sadly, I don't have an answer for them.  When you mix an unknown virus, politicians and fear, that's a bad combination.  Going into the 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.

 

As the months have worn on, the noise from both the left and the right, has gotten louder.  We have Al Sharpton on the left and Tucker Carlson on the right, espousing their views on the coronavirus outbreak, and basically saying if you don't believe everything they tell us, you're stupid.

 

Unfortunately, the answer to all this noise is in the middle, but no politican is willing to go there for fear they'll be severely criticized for moving from the far left or far right.

 

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 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. 

 

We should all just be using common sense thru this.  A vaccine is coming.  We don't know when.  But, until then, let's not go off the cliff and believe everything the left or the right are telling us.

  

Because, 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: THANK YOU!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 29, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

THANK YOU!!!

 

 It is not often that a problem arises which impacts the health and well being of a sector of citizens so profoundly. Unfortunately, such an issue came forward approximately a year ago concerning the possible loss of ambulance service for the Farmer City Fire Protection District. 


When the issue was presented to the County, all involved stood up and took notice. It was understood by everyone that failure to correct this loss of service was not an option, if at all possible. 


 After researching many different answers to solve this problem, and finding out this hill was going to be a tough one to climb, a dedicated and driven group of individuals rose to the occasion! Without a sense of cooperation, optimistic attitude, and a desire to rectify a bad situation, the outcome could have been catastrophic.

 
2,000 plus residents would have been left without adequate ambulance service. It would have meant longer response times, or possible diminished services, and a realistic chance that a life could be lost.

 
 Because of this group's efforts, the citizens within the Farmer City Fire Protection District have ambulance service for the next 8 years and won't reach the maximum levy during the term of this agreement. It is possible that the levy could even go down. Additionally, the levy for service within the existing area will not change. This means no increase in levies for any DeWitt County citizen!
 DeWitt County is now unified and all citizens are under the same ambulance service.


 FCFPD will now have a new Advanced Life Support ambulance stationed in Farmer City 24/7 manned with 6 newly hired licensed personnel consisting of Paramedics and EMT's. Response time within the district is anticipated to be 4-6 minutes. Also, the response time to the towns of DeWitt and Weldon will be improved, as responses for emergencies could be dispatched out of Farmer City. 


 I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who worked so relentlessly to assure this loss of service was prevented and the residents were protected:


 The Counties Public Safety Committee for their patience while working through the process and input in trying to find solutions. 
 

County Board Chairman David Newberg, Vice-Chairman Camille Redman, and County Administrator DeeDee Rentmeister for their help in negotiations with Paramedic Services Inc. to arrive at an agreement that was much better than we expected. 


To Christy Prusser for stepping up as a member of the ad hoc committee.


States Attorney Dan Markwell as he kept us on stable legal ground and assured the language in our agreement and addendum covered all of the legalities needed to ensure they were on a solid base.

 
The Trustees for FCFPD for working in concert with the County, Mike Hammer, Kurt Wells, and Dale Whisman.


Moe Winstead and his part acting as a liaison with the Committee. 


Dan Warren, Farmer City Fire Chief for his valuable insight. 


FCFPD Attorney, Jim Sinclair who worked so well with the States Attorneys office in getting the 
Inter-Governmental Agreement written so both entities were protected. 


Last but not least, Larry Robbins and Mike Hansen with PSI. Without their willingness to negotiate and commitment to help, none of this would have come to fruition, and we all would have been in a much darker place! They were the key in resolving such a critical care problem. 


Thanks to all, you are greatly appreciated!

 

 Lance M. Reece
 DeWitt County Board Dist "A"
 Chairman, Public Safety Committee 

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Letter to the Editor on Alzheimer's Disease and COVID-19

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 27, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

When our mother's dementia progressed, our family began to research and visit local care facilities. Good references, a personal visit and related experience with the Ingham County Medical Care Facility's ("Dobie Road", Okemos), helped us choose the Golden Pond, Memory Care Unit.

 

When Covid-19 struck Dobie Road was no exception; everything changed regarding our ability to provide direct family care, love, and comfort to our loved one. Phone calls, Skype and window visits helped, but proved difficult and did not nearly come close to personal visits for me and my siblings.

 

The latest "end of life" restrictions were too much to accept for our family, only allowing two designated family members to visit one hour per day until she passed. That, combined with an additional life-threatening health event and our intent to have her home in her final days regardless, we decided to bring our mother home to spend time with loved ones.

 

Dementia is a horrible disease, and Covid-19 only made it worse for our mother. The Golden Pond caregivers were outstanding; the services at Dobie Road were and remain exceptional. But with the new restrictions, (given "end of life" process), we made the right decision to take our mother home.  We now provide necessary services through Hospice, and equally important, family care, love and comfort that only a family care provide.

 

Our mother and family are among Michigan's 190,000 persons living with dementia and its 518,000 unpaid caregivers navigating an already isolating and emotional journey - and COVID has made life even more challenging. COVID has put added stress on dementia patients and their caregivers, in and out of long-term care facilities.

 

Fortunately, the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter is ready to assist persons with dementia and their caregivers 24/7. I personally have benefited and feel so grateful for their help. Monthly Support Group meetings held at Dobie Road, I listened to the stories of other families and found acceptance. 

 

The Association - which is available 24/7 via its Helpline at 800.272.3900 or alz.org/gmc - is offering more virtual education programs, caregiver tips, support groups and services to help individuals, caregivers, practitioners, and facilities navigate dementia during COVID. Unfortunately, many affected individuals and families are unaware of the resources that could help them.

 

 Dementia can quickly zap a person's memory and caregiver's ability and intent to care for their loved one. It is important for any caregiver to seek and get personal support. Surrounded by family we are creating new memories with our mother. 

 

The Alzheimer's Association can help. Reach out today.

 

Michael E. Botke

DeWitt, MI 48820

 

(Family of Marguerite I. Botke)

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please support Alta Farms.


Sincerely, 
Vincent Peters 
Clinton Il 
 

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Letter to the Editor from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Submitted by 

Breann Titus 

Director of Agency Development

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL)

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Letter to the Editor: Newberg's Folly

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 8, 2020

Correction submitted and posted July 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

First, do no harm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Aren’t these DeWitt County residents’ lives valuable? 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

Mary Pat Killian
Clinton, IL 

 

 

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Letter to the Editor on Compassion Fatigue

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Except, we do.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois

 

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Station Editorial to Illinois Government: What Were You Thinking?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 3, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What were you thinking?

 

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

 

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

 

What were you thinking?

 

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

What were you thinking?

 

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

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Station Editorial on Moving to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 26, 2020

 

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

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

I have a compliment and a complaint for the Governor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Station Editorial With Some Observations

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 10, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 29, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Special Meeting

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 28, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

To the DeWitt County Board

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
DeWitt County Resident

Aaron Kammeyer

Clinton, IL 61727

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Station Editorial On Lockdown, Moving to Phase 3

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 27, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 17, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Station Editorial on Allowing Local Governments to Re-Open Downstate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 10, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The clock is ticking. 

 

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

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on Coronavirus and Washington

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Il 60143

 

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Letter to the Editor on Coronavirus and Washington

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Il 60143

 

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 6, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 5, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Letter to the Editor from State Senator Bill Brady

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

State Senator Bill Brady

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

EDITORIAL

Posted April 29, 2020

 

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


Here are some observations. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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


When will this madness end?

 

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

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