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Editorial on Coronavirus Outbreak and How to Respond To It

EDITORIAL

Posted March 21, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, company president.  As the coronavirus outbreak disrupts the routine of our world, our country, and our families, here are a few things to remember.

First of all, for your own well-being as well as for the well-being of your children and family, try to keep as much of your family routine as possible.  Yes, that's not totally possible with the kiddos out of school, but it'll help YOUR mental health and attitude, and your children's, by keeping your family in as much of a regular routine as possible.

Go thru your favorite fast food drive-up, pull your young children or grandchildren around the block in their red wagon, and let older kids ride their bikes.  Just remember to practice social distancing between you and others to lessen or eliminate the chance of trading germs.

Another thing to remember is, that this is an even BETTER time to shop your LOCAL businesses in the community you live in.  They've been there for you when they've ordered that special item you asked for, that special cut of meat, and the donation you asked for when your kids' organization needed money.  Local businesses need all of us, now MORE than ever, and we should ALL be thankful we have LOCAL retailers in our communities.

Local grocery stores  are selling food, and local pharmacies have medical supplies--nearby and easily accessible.  Local restaurants offer hot nourishing meals for takeout and delivery options, some offering curbside pickup, delivery, and online options as well.  Local businesses are crucial at a time like this—and so is your support.  Stay calm, stay informed.  Wash your hands, practice social distancing, but support your local businesses.

Lastly, not that we shouldn't be doing this anyway, but look to whatever Higher Being you believe in, and pray.  God shouldn't just be in our lives in the bad times, but in the good times, too.  Check on your own relationship with whatever God you believe in.  He is the ultimate Father who will get the world, our country, and our families thru this time.

My favorite Bible verse is Phillippians 4:13, in which the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Phillippi: "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me."  Our ultimate strength to get thru life on earth, is thru whatever Higher Being you believe in.  Now would be a good time to establish or re-establish that relationship.

We'll get thru this, as we have many other challenges before, because of our faith, our family, and our friends.  Give your family a hug today.

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Wind Farm Vote

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 15, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I am a DeWitt Co. resident writing to voice my, and my family's support regarding the proposed special use permit for wind energy here.  There are so many reasons this concept makes sense. 

 

This project is in jeopardy due to a group of residents in opposition.  They have used fear as a basis for their platform, among other arguments including the unsightliness of the towers.  I would like to remind residents of all the benefits to this project. 

 

Some of the biggest being revenue for the county, money for the school district, decreasing the dependence on nuclear power and shifting to a greener energy.  With the upcoming election in mind, there are some forward thinking candidates running for county office. 

 

Please vote for Jay Wickenhauser, Cole Ritter, and David Newberg in each appropriate district. 

 

Let’s utilize our common sense and support the future.   

  
Sincerely,

Brigitte Lamar

Clinton, IL

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Letter to the Editor: Response to Barbara McMath's Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 14, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is in response to Barbara McMath’s letter on 3/10/2020. Mrs. McMath compared the new candidates to some members of the county board that nearly ran DeWitt County into the ground from 2010-2014. “Poor leadership led our county to public embarrassment and near bankruptcy” is what Mrs. McMath wrote. She claims the new candidates aren’t experienced leaders and could ruin the county.


The new candidates running in the Republican primary were leaders BEFORE they even signed up to run for office. These candidates were qualified financially to run a business or organization BEFORE they signed up to run for office.


Jamie Prestegaard has a degree in Agriculture & Economics. He’s involved with commodity price risk management for his place of employment. This entails analyzing commodity markets while developing an effective hedge strategy to maintain company profitability. Mr. Prestegaard has sat on the Waynesville Township board since 2009 serving as a both a trustee and (currently) township clerk.


Aaron Kammeyer has an Agribusiness degree and has been Board President of the group that has helped make Warner Hospital profitable. Mr. Kammeyer has helped make the hospital financially stable, which has led to expanded programs and better facilities. He also has experience being the treasurer of the Clinton Fire Department.


Buck Carter has been a county board member before. He also has experience on the CUSD 15 school board where he helped create and oversee the school budget. Mr. Carter also has experience negotiating with the local teachers’ union for salary and benefits.


Steve Oswald has a degree in Business Administration. He has managed businesses with budgets between 3-17 million dollars. Mr. Oswald is currently on the school board where is on the transportation committee, one of the largest parts of the school district’s budget.


Megan Myers has a degree in Management and Information Systems. Mrs. Myers is part of a global operations team focused on identifying and implementing best practices along with managing change to meet today’s business challenges. She is also on the finance committee for the Clinton Community Educational Foundation.


Thomas Koshinski manages payroll for a successful business in Clinton. Mr. Koshinski also has experience with internal audits in a business setting. He is interested in seeing an audit of the county’s finances to make sure taxpayer money is allocated appropriately. 


I believe that each new candidate is concerned about the present and future financial state of the county. Candidates this qualified in the financial sector would not run for office if they did not have concern about the financial state of DeWitt County.


I ask that Mrs. McMath and others who feel the same as her stick to debating policy. If you and others want to debate the special use permit process, roads, bridges, public safety, the marina, taxes, the proposed windfarm, or anything else, please contact the candidates.

 

Trying to link these candidates to “poor leadership” and “bankruptcy” is a mistake and it’s the furthest from the truth.


Jim Rhoades
Kenney, IL

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Letter to the Editor: Response to Barbara McMath's Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 14, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is in response to Barbara McMath’s letter on 3/10/2020. Mrs. McMath compared the new candidates to some members of the county board that nearly ran DeWitt County into the ground from 2010-2014. “Poor leadership led our county to public embarrassment and near bankruptcy” is what Mrs. McMath wrote. She claims the new candidates aren’t experienced leaders and could ruin the county.


The new candidates running in the Republican primary were leaders BEFORE they even signed up to run for office. These candidates were qualified financially to run a business or organization BEFORE they signed up to run for office.


Jamie Prestegaard has a degree in Agriculture & Economics. He’s involved with commodity price risk management for his place of employment. This entails analyzing commodity markets while developing an effective hedge strategy to maintain company profitability. Mr. Prestegaard has sat on the Waynesville Township board since 2009 serving as a both a trustee and (currently) township clerk.


Aaron Kammeyer has an Agribusiness degree and has been Board President of the group that has helped make Warner Hospital profitable. Mr. Kammeyer has helped make the hospital financially stable, which has led to expanded programs and better facilities. He also has experience being the treasurer of the Clinton Fire Department.


Buck Carter has been a county board member before. He also has experience on the CUSD 15 school board where he helped create and oversee the school budget. Mr. Carter also has experience negotiating with the local teachers’ union for salary and benefits.


Steve Oswald has a degree in Business Administration. He has managed businesses with budgets between 3-17 million dollars. Mr. Oswald is currently on the school board where is on the transportation committee, one of the largest parts of the school district’s budget.


Megan Myers has a degree in Management and Information Systems. Mrs. Myers is part of a global operations team focused on identifying and implementing best practices along with managing change to meet today’s business challenges. She is also on the finance committee for the Clinton Community Educational Foundation.


Thomas Koshinski manages payroll for a successful business in Clinton. Mr. Koshinski also has experience with internal audits in a business setting. He is interested in seeing an audit of the county’s finances to make sure taxpayer money is allocated appropriately. 


I believe that each new candidate is concerned about the present and future financial state of the county. Candidates this qualified in the financial sector would not run for office if they did not have concern about the financial state of DeWitt County.


I ask that Mrs. McMath and others who feel the same as her stick to debating policy. If you and others want to debate the special use permit process, roads, bridges, public safety, the marina, taxes, the proposed windfarm, or anything else, please contact the candidates.

 

Trying to link these candidates to “poor leadership” and “bankruptcy” is a mistake and it’s the furthest from the truth.


Jim Rhoades
Kenney, IL

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Candidates

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 13, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Letter to the Editor:

This letter is directed to those voters in District A and District C who are still undecided as to which County Board candidates to vote for.  
 
If you are still undecided on who to vote for, then you probably are not affected by the Wind Farm project or you don’t care about it one way or the other.  

 

In my opinion, the opposing non-incumbent candidates were all handpicked for one major reason – to get them elected to the Board and disrupt the Wind Farm project any way they can.  For all those opposed to the Wind Farm project, I’m sure you have already made up your mind to vote for the opposing candidates; and nothing is going to change your mind. 

 

I am a major supporter for the Wind Farm project. So it is no big shock that I support and will vote for all the incumbents who voted for the Wind Farm project the first time around. Similarly, all of the Wind Farm supporters are voting for the incumbents.  

 

But let me put forth another major concern that all the Wind Farm supporters have for making their decision to vote for the incumbents.

 

Hopefully, most of you can remember the years 2010 thru 2014 when inexperienced Board leadership brought major disruption and embarrassment to the Board; and almost led our County to financial ruin. Most of these past Board members were supported by and were members of a group called the Reform Coalition. The Reform Coalition now supports the new opposing candidates, of which some are and were previous members of the Reform Coalition. 

 

David Newberg, Jay Wickenhauser, and Cole Ritter are among the current County Board members that were elected and have faithfully served since those disastrous years. They have helped bring back decorum and respect to the Board; and have guided the County back to financial stability. 

 

Please cast your votes for Dave Newberg, Jay Wickenhauser, and Cole Ritter. They are committed to address and support a lot of the issues more important to you and the residents of DeWitt County than just the Wind Farm project. They have not been afraid to discuss their positions on these issues on the WHOW radio station, unlike the opposition. 

 

Does the opposition have a position on anything other than NO to the Wind Farm project? What is their position on all the other issues that the County Board is responsible for such as – finances, budget, road and bridges, public health and safety, marina, sheriff department, library, ambulance service, animal shelter, etc.?

 

I certainly don’t know. Do you?

 

Roger Fatheree
Clinton, IL

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Letter to the Editor on ZBA Hearings and DeWitt County Board Members

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 12, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

County Board members are elected by us to represent our interests, address our concerns and serve those who elected them. We the people have the right to expect our public servants to listen to our concerns, to seriously consider our input, to make informed decisions on our behalf and to explain those decisions to us when we disagree. 
We elect them to represent us.

 

I attended a majority of the meetings regarding Tradewind’s SUP application. There were far more residents at each meeting in opposition than there were in support of it.  Both sides made their points in a respectful manner.  While I was impressed by the passion on both sides, it was apparent to me those opposed to the project had done their research and I feel they proved their points.

 

After hearing the evidence from both sides, I believe there are serious issues with this proposed wind development, even beyond the fact that their application clearly does not conform to the requirements of our current zoning ordinances.  I am not alone in this conclusion as the Regional Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals both recommended against the approval of this application.

 

Unfortunately, there was one thing I was very disappointed with in this process.  I only saw three of our county board members in attendance at the majority of the ZBA meetings.  Where were the remaining nine?  Most of those did not attend one meeting.  This is the most important issue our county is facing right now and could forever change our county.

 

I do not believe our elected representatives can make a truly informed decision by trying to read over 50 hours of transcripts.  They should have been there to hear the residents speak with their own voices.  It’s their job as our elected representatives.

 

We have a choice in the upcoming elections to keep the same people in office who let us down or to elect new representatives to the County Board who will be engaged with county residents.  I believe it is time for a change. I just hope it’s not too late.

 

Alaina Russell

Clinton, IL


 

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 12, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Throughout 47 hours of attending sixteen of seventeen ZBA hearings, I listened intently to both supporters and those in opposition of constructing an industrial wind complex in our rural county.  I compliment those I saw in attendance repeatedly.  There is no replacement for witnessing testimony first-hand. You hear a presenter’s tone of voice, see their non-verbal communication, view visual aids such as PowerPoints, and watch the crowd’s interactions.  

 

Only three county board members were consistently present for the same first-hand experience.  They realized how important this issue is, how 599 foot towers will affect families living in the footprint, and how safety is at risk for DeWitt County residents enough to invest in the time necessary to hear testimony directly.  Thank you to those board members who respected citizens and the office of the county board through your attendance!

 

Ironically, some of the individuals making false accusations are citizens and county board members who were not present at all these ZBA hearings.  How can one claim to make an informed decision or to represent the best interest of the county and not invest the time to attend informational hearings?  They needed to be present to hear residents speak, present reliable research, and ask alarming questions that were met with ridicule from Tradewind.

 

I believe hearing testimony would have led any attendee to conclude that supporters spoke only on the grounds of financial gain and failed to present solid research.  One would have heard 14 speakers in support of the project and 68 in opposition.  One would have watched Tradewind dance around providing solid answers to critical questions, harass speakers, and demonstrate their untrustworthiness.  

 

To my fellow community, please inquire about the facts from those who were present at the zoning hearings.  To the county board members who exempted yourself from attending and who will be making an incredibly critical decision that will affect the very fabric of the lives of those who will live with the outcome of your decision, I urge you to respect the advice of the Regional Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals—the boards you appointed for the purpose of research and recommendation—and vote not to approve Tradewind’s special use permit.

 

Respectfully,
Laurie Burk

Waynesville, IL

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 12, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Considering who to vote for? Why is the Wind Farm such a big deal? Public Health, Safety and General Welfare should be first and foremost. Common Sense. 


Our Board should follow recommendations from RPC and ZBA, and deny the application. The facts are in the transcripts. 


Wind Energy is not the only voting issue. Candidates seeking re-election just aren't interested in talking about it. Incumbent candidates did not find time to attend hearings for more than one hour, if that. These candidates say they're listening. Not to testimony. 

 

Oddly, we have a bipartisan group of incumbent Candidates seeking reelection that are uniting to maintain the 'Old Guard.’ Is this a ‘Status Quo’ or a ‘Quid Pro Quo.’

 

The Incumbents are the only ones saying it’s ‘One Issue.’ It's one issue they don't want to talk about. They didn't attend ZBA hearings. They've never presented us with any 'economic development presentation' of any kind, like here's the budget, here's our 2% solution, and it goes down from there.

 

We’re stuck and going lower. So let’s trash the place. 

 

All County residents should matter. Fair and equal treatment regarding zoning implies if we don’t follow the rules now, then don’t ask anyone else to. 

 

Leadership requires vision. Should that include Shadow Flicker? Does our Comprehensive Plan advise us to create excessive rural noise to cause loss of property value? Is the vision for future employment One Job per 1,000 acres?


Rural Character is priceless. 


We need new leadership.

 

Brad Barnes
Clinton Illinois 61727 

 

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Letter to the Editor on Tradewind Energy Wind Farm Project Vote

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 11, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

"I sentence your family to a lifetime without a home smoke detector!"  Sound ridiculous?  How would you feel if government took away smoke detectors, seat belts, or anything else that provides early warning and safety?
 
This would happen if the wind project is constructed in our County.  This project will impact data used by forecasters to issue tornado warnings for DeWitt County, even before a tornado is on the ground.  Early tornado warnings, like smoke detectors, give our families time to seek life-saving shelter.
 
These proposed wind turbines are unique -- exceptionally tall and too close to the Lincoln radar.  The turbines would obscure radar data, increasing the possibility of missed or delayed tornado warnings.  Radar alarms forecasters use to assist in tornado warning decisions would not function in much of our County.
 
Why would any County Board member approve the project going forward, yet some did last year!   That vote would hamper early warning and reduce our margin of safety.  The same County Board members didn't attend any hearings on this critical topic.  None!   It's appalling that sitting Board members would choose to miss all hearings before this important decision.
 
We need citizens on the Board who'll not dismiss public safety, take every opportunity to weigh facts, and responsibly represent County residents, especially on safety matters.  Pull a Republican ballot and vote Prestegaard, Kammeyer, Carter (District A) or Oswald, Myers, Koshinski (District C)..  Their opponents on the Board were nowhere to be seen during recent hearings.  Shameful.
 
Don Waddell
Wapella

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Letter to the Editor on Upcoming March 17 DeWitt County Board Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

In talking to people throughout DeWitt County, I have found that most understand the issues of the upcoming county board election. 

 

However, there are some that evidently do not remember the years 2010 thru November 2014 when poor leadership led our county to public embarrassment and near bankruptcy.

 

David Newberg, Jay Wickenhauser and Cole Ritter are among the current county board members that have brought back respect and financial security.  The opposing candidates are supported by and some were members of the Reform Coalition that tried to ruin the county. 

 

They are running on one position and have not shown concern as to the present and future financial state.  I, personally, would not depend on the State of Illinois to bail us out.

 

Please cast your votes for David Newberg, Frederick “Jay” Wickenhauser and Cole Ritter.  They have proven their commonsense leadership for DeWitt County. 


Barbara McMath

Clinton IL  61727

 

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Letter to the Editor on March 17 Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 9, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

The election cycle for 2020 has begun!


It is a civic duty to cast your ballot for the Candidates of your choice and I would
encourage you to do so.


While your in the voting booth deciding which Candidate to select, I would ask you to
consider a few factors important to your selection.


1. Which Candidate has the courage to represent DeWitt County, regardless of the
inevitable criticism they might receive, in a fair and equitable manner that ensures the
County remains a viable and growing area?


2. Which Candidate will listen to ALL of the citizens in our county and vote on matters
with with sound judgement based on the facts presented and not upon personal bias.
This is an attribute desperately needed in order to make a wise decision. Listening only
to the loudest voices, to those with incorrect information, or to those driven more by
emotion instead of a complete knowledge of the issue could result in bad decisions for
the County and its citizens. Although elected in Districts, Board members represent all
citizens within the County with each decision they make.


3. Which Candidate will commit to the time required to address County business? It
takes more than a meeting once a month (and at times the job can consume hours in a
week) to perform the job properly so the residents are represented as they expect to be.
You need to determine whether you want proven leaders who made the hard choices
and balanced a budget that was $1 million in debt, or whether you want to take the
chance of another special interest group taking over our County government and
possibly creating another huge deficit.


This is a consequential election. There are certainly many more questions which you
should ask yourself before voting, and each voter should do so to ensure you have made
the right choice.


Regardless of whom you select, please take the time to vote. This privilege/right is
important and should not be taken for granted. GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!


Please vote for:
District C: Dave Newberg, Jay Wicenhouser, Scott Nimmo
District A: Cole Ritter, Camille Redman, Lance Reece
States Attorney: Dan Markwell

Lance Reece
Clinton, IL 61727
 

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Letter to the Editor Supporting Megan Myers for DeWitt County Board

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

There is an excellent candidate running for a position on the Dewitt County Board from District C.

 

Megan Myers is an intelligent and thoughtful person who has leadership qualities and an abundance of experience serving on boards that enrich the lives of Dewitt County residents, including the 4H Foundation Board, and the Clinton Community Educational Foundation. 

 

I urge you to vote on March 17 and help elect Megan Myers to the Dewitt County Board.

 

Patrick Ryan

Farmer City, IL 61842

 

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Letter to the Editor on Future County Funding, and Supporting DeWitt County Board Candidates

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

  With the March 17th, 2020 Primary Elections coming up, we as voters need to consider several serious issues here in DeWitt County.  

 

We have limited resources and this begs the question; is it possible for government services to cease to exist if tax funding is no longer available?  We need this funding to support our emergency services, schools, and roads. 

 

Let us imagine the consequences of having inadequate or none of these services.  What could happen if a loved one has an accident, your parent has a heart attack, or there is a domestic disturbance? 

 

We need to consider leadership of those who have had the experience, integrity as well as the dedication to this county. 

 

We need people like Cole Ritter, Jay Wickenhauser, and Dave Newberg who have this leadership and vision for DeWitt County.

 


Michael Thorp
Wapella, IL 61777
 

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Letter to the Editor on Aaron Kammeyer for DeWitt County Board

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is sent in support of Aaron (Sal) Kammeyer for county board.

 

I have know Sal for about twenty years and he will work hard for Dewitt County. He has been on the Warner hospital board for several years.

 

The hospital is doing very good right now. I believe Sal's leadership on the hospital board has something to do with that.

 

I know he will fight just as hard for the people of Dewitt County as he did for the people that depend on the hospital. 

                                       

Randy Swoverland

Clinton

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Letter to the Editor in Support of Aaron Kammeyer for DeWitt County Board

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I'm submitting this letter in support of Aaron Kammeyer for Dewitt County Board District A.

 

Aaron brings a wealth big knowledge on how to work on a board with his previous experience with the hospital.  Aaron's fiscally conservative beliefs will be great in helping keep the county board within budget in trying times. 

 

Aaron also is willing to listen to the voters he represents. Last but not least Aaron vows to help Unite Dewitt County and I feel we need this more than anything going forward.

 

Moe Winstead 
Farmer City

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Letter to the Editor Supporting Candidates in DeWitt County Board Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I am writing to endorse 3 Members for the DeWitt County Board –
David Newberg, Cole Ritter and Jay Wickenhauser. 

 

They have served all residents of DeWitt County and have done a good job.  


I think we should continue with their experience and knowledge and maintain stability on the Board.  Please join me in voting for the above 3 members.  


Thank you.

 

Respectfully, 
Paul Nothnagel
Clinton, IL.  61727
 

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Letter to the Editor on Aaron Kammeyer

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I support Aaron Kammeyer in the upcoming election.

 

Stephanie West
Clinton, IL 61727

 

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Letter to the Editor of Support for Aaron Kammeyer for DeWitt County Board

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 4, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I have known Aaron for a long time and he has been knowledgeable individual and is willing to jump in and help out whenever he can. I can’t keep track of all the community organizations he has been a part of, or how often he has volunteered for this or another, I just know he is involved in the community all the time. 

 

When Sal told me he was considering running for County Board I was excited because I know that he will dig in and give everything make DeWitt County a better place, and not be afraid to ask why are we doing this. My family and I grew up in DeWitt County and even though my husband and I live just to the north in Normal, we still consider this our home and have many friends and family living there, and because I this I want see Aaron Kammeyer elected to the County Board.


Heather Blue  
Normal, IL 61761
 

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Letter to the Editor for Aaron Kammeyer in DeWitt County Primary Election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 3, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I am sending my support for Aaron Kanmeyer for county board. He is a hard worker, very smart, and he will work for us!!

 

Kenny May

Clinton Ill.

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Letter to the Editor Supporting Aaron Kammeyer in DeWitt County Primary Election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 3, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

March 17, 2020 brings the Primary Election and the opportunity for some really great changes in DeWitt County. 

 

Aaron Kammeyer is running for DeWitt County Board in in District A, with the promise to unite DeWitt County communities. Aaron is already involved in many organizations throughout DeWitt County and he has the direct experience of serving on several boards within our community.

 

As I have talked extensively about many issues with Aaron, I have great faith that he will take all sides of ALL of his constituents’ feelings into account, and vote accordingly. Voting biases by our representation is unethical and immoral, and I am certain Aaron is in this race for the people and not for himself. 

 

I proudly support Aaron in his efforts to unite, rather than divide, our communities as that is something that has been absent for too long. We have a lot of really wonderful things to be proud of in DeWitt County and I cannot wait to see what Aaron will accomplish. 

 

Don’t forget to vote!

 

Lauren Johnson
Wapella, Illinois

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Candidates

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 2, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

To my fellow residents of DeWitt County,
If you had a heart condition, would you choose an experienced cardiologist or a medical student.  If you had taken bankruptcy and had received excellent guidance which returned you to the right course, would you go to a less experienced for a second opinion? 


Within the last decade one county board,  had leaders who failed to balance a budget... who disbanded committees… and who raided our contingency fund regularly… created a million dollar deficit for future leaders to address, left a disaster in their wake. 

 

We were lucky enough to have a group of bi-partisan leaders who were willing to put in the hard work necessary to return the county to a better condition. Why would we choose unproven options rather than rely on choices with documented track records?


Vote for Cole Ritter, Jay Wickenhauser, and Dave Newberg on March 17th .  Return them to the DeWitt County Board to continue the work that they have done so well for the entire county.

 

Kim Spencer

Clinton

 

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Letter to the Editor on DeWitt County Board Races

As the upcoming March 17, 2020 Primary Election approaches, we voters should reflect upon the future needs of our County.

 

I urge all Republican voters in District A to vote ONLY for Cole Ritter for County Board.

In District C, I urge all Republican voters to vote ONLY for Dave Newberg and Jay Wickenhauser for County Board. 

 

All three of these incumbent Board Members have demonstrated commitment, wise judgment, and proven consistent leadership.

 

All three of these Board Members support economic growth within our community which we desperately need.

 

Reelection of these three incumbent Board Members is crucial to sustain the continued stability and continuity of our County. We should NOT elect new inexperienced “single issue” members to the County Board.  

 

Please support these worthy candidates for a bright future for DeWitt County.

 

Becky Fatheree
Clinton, IL

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Letter to the Editor Supporting Ritter, Wickenhauser, Newberg in DeWitt County Board Primary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 1, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I am writing to support Cole Ritter, “Jay Wickenhauser and Dave Newberg for DeWitt County Board and under voting ( vote for Ritter on one ballot and Wickenhauser and Newberg on the other ballot) for the Board.

 

We need people who know how to work hard and will do what is needed for our county, participate in committee meetings and are not afraid of hard work. They understands how to get things done and can make hard decisions.

 

We also want to keep those on our board who will work to keep our taxes down and be fair to all of our residence and businesses.

 

Unlike their opponents they are not a single issue board members or candidates and will address the many issues our county needs addressed.


Sara O'Brien
Wapella, IL 61777

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