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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 11, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter to the Editor: Death of a County

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 9, 2022

 

Dear Editor:  


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


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


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


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

 

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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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

Lance M. Reece 
Clinton, Illinois

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Station Editorial: County Board Actions Speak Louders Than Words

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 26, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted March 17, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm station president Randal J. Miller.

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Station Editorial: Post-Script On Illinois School Mask Mandate

STATION EDITIORIAL

Posted February 27, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 16, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Clerk and Treasurer Posts

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted January 20, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Nathan Florey

Chairman, DeWitt County Libertarian Party

Clinton, IL

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Station Editorial on the Cancel Culture

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 6, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Station Editorial: We Are Thankful

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 24, 2021

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Those Decorating Clinton Square

Posted November 18, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

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

Thank you. 

 

Nell Wilson

Clinton, IL

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Station Editorial: Why is Everyone So Rude Right Now?

EDITORIAL

Posted October 30, 2021

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

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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.

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

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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

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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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