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 firstname.lastname@example.org.