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Station Editorial: Miller Media Group Starting Suicide Prevention Campaign

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 29, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Fair Tax

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 29, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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


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

 

Rodney Karr
Clinton, Il
 

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is In The Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 2, 2020

 

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

 

Sadly, I don't have an answer for them.  When you mix an unknown virus, politicians and fear, that's a bad combination.  Going into the outbreak, both Republicans and Democrats scared us into staying in our homes as much as possible because they didn't want to be blamed for killing off Grandma.

 

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

 

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

 

The answer is in the middle because that's where common sense is.  Common sense is to respect this virus by being responsible and making smart decisions.  Practice social distancing, wear a mask anytime you're out of the house going to the store or pharmacy, and wash your hands. If you're in the vulnerable population or have other health conditions, take that into consideration anytime you do anything or go anywhere. 

 

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

  

Because, the answer is in the middle.

 

Stay healthy and safe and there will be a positive end to this.

 

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

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