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Letters

Letter to the Editor on Proposed Minimum Wage Increase in Illinois

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted February 11, 2019

 

Dear Editor:

 

Dear Editor:

 

Recently, Senate Democrats, via the introduction of Senate Bill 1, are pushing for a massive minimum wage increase over six years from the current rate of $8.25 to $15 by 2025. This kind of wage hike creates a hostile environment of epic proportions toward the small and medium business (SMB) community, the very environment which runs 90 percent of Illinois.

 

This recent push of socialism by our state legislature mandates that businesses pay higher wages, a desperate attempt to prevent the continued outmigration which has taken place over the past decade. When there’s a looming income tax hike under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive tax, this would only cancel out any wage increases and the outmigration continues.

 

As with any income increase, whether it be the annual cost-of-living increase on Social Security, SSI or SSDI or a wage increase imposed by the employer, the cost of groceries, goods and services always manage to go up soon after it goes into effect. This will not change with the minimum wage hikes through 2025; these costs will continue to hike. You think groceries are expensive now? Imagine how expensive it will be come 2025. Grocery prices will become ridiculously prohibitive, although it would pale in comparison to the Venezuelan food crisis.

 

It is sad when your politicians in Springfield do not understand economics and make rash decisions that ultimately hurt the heartbeat of this state, the SMB community. Their promotion of socialism combined with Keynesian economic theory only proves their fiscal incompetence and fiscal illiteracy.

 

As someone who studies the Austrian school of economic theory quite often as a Libertarian anarcho-capitalist, I could say that fellow scholars (living and dead) like Milton and Thomas Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Steven Horowitz, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Jean-Baptiste Say and my personal favorite, Murray Rothbard, would agree that governmental mandates to increase wages is a bad idea. Any and all wage increases should be under the authority of our businesses, not some government mandate which hurts our small businesses in the long run, potentially putting them out of business by 2025.

 

Should SB1 actually pass and is signed into law by Pritzker, your local small businesses will need your patronage more than ever or you will see a common thread which exists all over Illinois: continued residential outmigration with our business districts and Main Street businesses either increasing their prices to survive, shutting down for good or pulling out their stakes and relocating their business to a state that isn’t hostile to businesses compared to Illinois.

 

It may also result in the end of employees being hired as W-2 employees under an unsustainable minimum wage hike plan and the beginning of the same being hired as 1099 contractors, removing the burden of tax liabilities on the employer.

 

While it has passed through the Senate, it is important that you reach out to your legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives, asking them to vote NO to this bill.

House District 95: Avery Bourne (R-Raymond; 324-5200, 782-8071)

House District 96: Sue Scherer (D-Decatur; 877-9636, 524-0353)

House District 101: Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur; 876-1968, 782-8163)

House District 102: Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville; 774-1306, 782-1275)

 

Jake Leonard

South Central Illinois Regional Advocate

National Federation of Independent Business

Nokomis

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Station Editorial on Tornado Response

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted December 12, 2018

 

Here is the audio version of the text below:

 

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, company president.  The December First tornado that hit Taylorville and Christian County is the most devasating weather event that's hit the county in decades.  The relief and recovery efforts, which began literally minutes after the tornado hit, have been in overdrive and will likely go on for weeks and possibly months.  

Many lost their homes, their belongings, everything.  Our hearts continue to go out to those who are putting their lives back together, and we again want to remind you that you are NOT alone.  People both in our community, and countless volunteers that have come from outside the Taylorville community, CARE about you, and we'll be here to continue to provide you the help you need for weeks and months to come.

The Taylorville community cannot say "thank you" enough, to the hundreds of volunteers from both our local area, and outside the area, that are working on debris cleanup and providing relief to those impacted by the tornado.  From cleaning up yards to providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and much more, these volunteers continue to be an important part of the healing process.

And, we also can't say enough, about those involved in emergency management, search and rescue, and law enforcement efforts during and after the tornado outbreak in Christian County.  The organization they put into a coordinated response, was nothing short of remarkable.

Finally, a special THANK YOU to 2 groups of people:  The volunteers involved with the Taylorville Food Pantry, and those involved with the Missions for Taylorville tornado relief.  Both of these organizations have stepped up to the plate to provide for people's immediate needs, as well as Missions for Taylorville being the organization that will be involved in helping people repair their homes that were damaged.

Make no mistake about it: The road to recovery will be slow and painful.  But, the resiliency that the people of Taylorville have shown since December First, has been shown to both those in the community, and volunteers from outside Christian County.  I personally have received lots of feedback from out of town volunteers saying that Taylorville is a great community because they've seen people pull together during this disaster.

As I've been saying on the air since the tornado hit, and will continue to say:  Remember, you're NOT alone.  The Taylorville, Christian County, and Central Illinois communities are here to help.

This has been a station editorial.  I'm Randal J. Miller.

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Letter to the Editor: Dillon Clark Responds to Avery Bourne's Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 13, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

In a recent letter to the editor, my opponent, Avery Bourne misled our constituents yet again when she stated that I would be backing out of the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce’s public forum. Bourne was paid 1.7 million dollars by Bruce Rauner to sell out our district and she has been misleading us ever since.

 

The fact of the matter is that on October 18th, I will be attending a different debate event for Working Families in Hillsboro IL. It just so happens that this debate fell on the exact same time and date as the Litchfield Chamber forum. It seems rather odd to me that my political opponent would feel the desperate need to compose such a misleading letter. It is worth noting that Avery herself will cowardly not show up to another debate this upcoming October 16th in Pana.

 

Funnily enough, she declined to include that piece of information in her letter. She falsely claims that I “play games” because I’m supposedly scared of debates. For a political opponent, she doesn’t know me well at all. I’m not the type of person to back down from a fight or engagement with constituents.

 

I look forward to meeting with folks to get their perspective on important issues. That is why I decided to throw my hat into the ring and run for State Representative for the 95th District. And that is exactly why I will be attending a great debate with Working Families on October 18th. Unlike my opponent, I care about our middle class and union families.

 

My opponent may feel a desperate need to tell tall tales, but I know who I am and I’m always ready for a debate.

 

Sincerely,

Dillon Clark

Democratic Candidate for 95th State Rep

Litchfield, IL

 

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Letter to the Editor Supporting Dillon Clark

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 12, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

First, a brief lesson in recent history: Four years ago, voters in the 95th Legislative District re-elected Wayne Rosenthal, a Republican with a proven record of representing his district, as State Representative. Sensing that Rosenthal was too independent to reliably support his agenda, newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner elevated Rosenthal to a cabinet position shortly after Rauner was sworn in, thereby removing a potential obstacle.

 

There were numerous qualified contenders to replace Rosenthal, but when the new State Rep was named, it turned out to be an unknown 22-year-old college student whose main qualification for office was her willingness to support Rauner’s every whim. That’s how Avery Bourne replaced the State Representative that voters in the 95th had actually elected.

 

If carrying water for the Rauner administration is the standard for judging job performance, Bourne has done an exemplary job. She has consistently supported the Rauner agenda, voting to support his proposals or conveniently absenting herself from the chamber when called upon to vote on bills he opposed. It is not a stretch to say Bourne shares responsibility for the state languishing for three years without a budget because of Rauner’s recalcitrance.

 

That is only one reason I am supporting Dillon Clark in the race for State Representative. Dillon has a keen understanding of how Rauner’s fiscal policies (or lack thereof) have negatively impacted small businesses and middle class wage earners in the 95th district. As a member of the Montgomery County Board, he has been involved with making tough financial decisions to maintain services to constituents in the face of dwindling tax revenues.

 

Most important, he is committed to representing the citizens of his district rather than representing the governor.

Four years ago, the Governor removed the Representative we elected and replaced him with his own proxy. This year voters have an opportunity to correct that travesty by electing someone who will genuinely represent his constituents. After four years, it’s time for the 95th District to again have a representative in the statehouse.

 

Please join me in voting for Dillon Clark.

 

Sincerely,
Timothy L Fogle
Litchfield

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Letter to the Editor: Dillon Clark Backs Out of Debate

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 9, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

Last election, the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum. It served as an important opportunity for voters to hear from local candidates on issues facing our communities and our state.  This forum was neutral, well-respected, well-attended, and aired on the radio. I attended the forum, not only as a candidate to share my point of view, but also as an interested voter of Montgomery County.

 

At the time, Dillon Clark, who is now my opponent, was running for County Board. He attended that forum too, recognizing the importance of sharing his perspective with voters.

 

In mid-August, the Litchfield Chamber asked me to save the date of October 18th for the forum this year.. I saved the date and am looking forward to attending. Voters should get the opportunity to hear from those of us who are asking to represent them. 

 

Unfortunately, Dillon Clark has decided to back out of this debate after confirming his participation weeks ago. What I find more curious is that, after our last debate at the State Journal Register, Clark and I personally discussed participating in this forum. All I can assume is that he doesn’t want a repeat of that debate, and I don’t blame him. 

 

These are the kind of games that voters despise. If you’re too afraid to debate the issues, and face voters both in person and live on the radio, then you aren’t fit to hold office. 

 

I challenge Clark - stop the games. Join the debate.

 

Avery Bourne

State Representative, 95th District

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Letter to the Editor:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Posted September 20, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

In January, MaryAnn Becker, Office Administrator for the Taylorville Park District was contacted with a request that TSD be put on the monthly meeting agenda.  The purpose was to discuss an upcoming sewer project.  It was stated that Jeff Large (Taylorville native) with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly would attend to explain the project.  MaryAnn stated that a representative of the TSD board should attend.

 
NOT ONE SINGLE TSD BOARD MEMBER ATTENDED THIS MEETING!  Nor did they call, write or contact in any way or fashion the Park District Office, President, Board Trustees or Supervisor of Maintenance.


However, I cannot say the same of Jeff Large.  Granted he cannot legally speak for nor negotiate on behalf of TSD as the Project Manager, but he has worked honestly and diligently to satisfy any questions and  concerns regarding the actual placement of the line with the Taylorville Park District and reclamation or inactivation of the existing line that runs under the south pond. 


Between January and June there is February, March, April and May.  That is how many months passed with no further contact or “sharing of information” by TSD. 


Many board members, including myself were concerned over the directions of the lines around our beautiful trees that make Manners Park such a wonderful place for the community as well as the possibility of damage to some of our new roads.  Jeff Large came out and spent time with Gary Brown and discussed placement of the proposed sewer lines.  I went to to Manners Park and physically reviewed the placement as outlined by Jeff and felt it was satisfactory.
Now let’s fast forward to late June and I receive a call from Jeff Large requesting to be added to the agenda for the following week.  I told him that is fine, we would be glad to but WOULDN’T IT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SOME KIND OF CONTACT FROM THE TSD BOARD???

 

We discussed the fact that he could not LEGALLY speak for TSD and I suggested he contact them regarding attendance at the June meeting.  I had no clue who served on the TSD Board besides Tom Fergin.  That’s when I found out Frank Blanchfield and Tom Snyder is the remaining board members.


I told Jeff that I felt they were assuming this was just a done deal, rubber stamped and they needed to make NO EFFORT whatsoever to come and discuss this issue with us.  I had seen in their June meeting reported in this paper that they had proceeded to get all of the necessary permits, expenditures for same and had even negotiated free services to the city but had yet made NO CONTACT WITH THE PARK DISTRICT where the lines for this project will begin.
So Jeff Large called Frank Blanchfield and they both attended the June meeting. 

 

We discussed in depth the direction/placement of the new line, time line for work to be done in conjunctions with park district programs, vacating and filling of the existing line and that Mr. Blanchfield needed to have their attorney contact our attorney Quinn Broverman so a contract could be negotiated and ready for the July meeting.   DID NOT HAPPEN!
July rolls around and there is no further contact from anyone with TSD.     

  
Now we are up to August.  Jeff Large calls the park office on August 21, 2018 and asks Recreation Director Bailey Hancock to be added to the meeting agenda for the 27th.  He asked her if the easement agreement was done and she said to her knowledge there had been NO FURHTER CONTACT FROM MR. BLANCHFIELD OR TSD.  We put them on the agenda anyway solely at Jeff Larges request.


MaryAnn submits the agenda to the media in accordance with the guidelines of the “Open Meetings Act” every Thursday morning before a meeting the following Monday.  By Thursday, August 24, it was a done deal.


Mr. Atterberry, attorney for TSD, that same day walked into Quinn Broverman’s office at 5 P.m. and tossed a document onto his desk stating that this is the “contract” for approval at Monday’s meeting.  He was promptly informed that could not happen because it was not listed for approval on the agenda and neither he nor any of the Park District’s Board has had an opportunity to review the document.


On Friday afternoon, August 25, Quinn Broverman received an email from Jeff Large regarding the need of my signature on a document prepared by Frank Blanchfield for the Railroad to satisfy their need of a proven agreement to adjoining property owners (TPD and City of Taylorville) stating we are aware of and consent to their digging a bore pit on both properties to run the sewer line underneath the railroad.  Quinn forwarded this to the park office and MaryAnn contacted me regarding this on Monday (August 27) when the office reopened.   The meeting was scheduled for that evening.

 

Mr. Atteerberry, Mr. Blanchfield and Jeff Large were all in attendance at the August 27 meeting.  They seemed shocked when they were again informed the contract could not be signed.  I guess they don’t understand the Open Meetings Act or the responsibility we all have to adhere to its guidelines.  It is a law! 


I asked Mr. Atterberry why he had not bothered to submit a contract in a timely manner prior to this meeting.  His response was “well I was just informed of this 3 weeks ago”.  Mr. Blanchfield said he didn’t remember being told anything in June?  That got a response from the ENTIRE board of directors.


NO ONE from this paper attended our August meeting but evidently by the “tone” of your article from the TSD monthly meeting bought into their “poor little me” uncooperative park district line of garbage.  We certainly once again were not contacted for comment.  Probably because the TRUTH doesn’t quite play out to their advantage.  It’s a little difficult to work with someone when they’re never around, doesn’t attend meetings for 5 months and then doesn’t recall what is told to them when they are in attendance and evidently are unaware of the confines of the Open Meetings Act.


We were elected by the Tax Payers of this Municipality to represent them and protect the Park District and we are diligent.  We receive NO COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND for our service on this board and are proud of that fact.  We work hard to be fair TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE and cooperate to the best of our ability.  We EXPECT the same when someone wants or needs something that involves any park district property. We EXPECT them to act in a professional and courteous fashion.


Yesterday Quinn received a new contract from Mr. Atterberry with arrogant undertones and threats. This is a direct quote from his email;
“Dear Quinn, I have retyped your client’s requests, then put forward our response and rational after each. Many of the issues are resolvable. However, if the Park District does not want to go forward, that is fine. This is more to help the park district than to hurt it. There is a 40 year old system in place now. That fails, the park district and the sanitary district will be dealing with a huge sewer issue. TSD board is ready to pull the park district portion of the project off the table and (in there words) let the park district deal with the public fall out when (not if) the current sewer lines crash.”  Definitely professional! Right!


TSD still has a permanent easement on the existing line and has since the agreement on  November 19, 1973:
    1) The sewer line is the property of TSD.
    2) In the Breeze Courier article from September 12, 2018, it states TSD stated they may have to rework the project to use the existing easement.
    3) Jeff Large in January when questioned why the existing line cannot be used stated due to its condition it would not be possible and must be vacated in a legal and safe fashion.


I find it all somewhat bewildering and confusing.  I guess we were just supposed to “rubber stamp” what they wanted to do? That no one from TSD needed or needs to act in a professional and courteous manner? That they would just come onto park district property with carte blanche?


Sorry, but I’m not “A Good Ole Boy” and I rubber stamp nothing when it comes to the priority of this Park District.  

                                      

Marlane M. Miller, Chairperson

Taylorville Park District Board                                                               

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Letter to the Editor: Elections Are More Than Democrats and Republicans

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted JUly 16, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

In a recent poll held a couple weeks ago (June 26-28) by Victory Research, Democrat J.B. Pritzker had a 15-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in this heavily contested gubernatorial race. If you just looked at Rauner and Pritzker alone, it’s a tight race in central and southern Illinois.

 

While the city of Chicago and Cook County are heavily slanted toward Pritzker, Rauner has control of the collar counties. It’s dead even in the rest of northern Illinois, but are incredibly tight in central and southern Illinois. Without consideration of the two alternatives in Libertarian Party candidate Kash Jackson and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, there is a rough statewide average of 30 percent having voters undecided. Isn’t that alarming that nearly one-third of voters statewide find our major party options as horrible?

 

The die-hard liberals and conservatives had better pay attention to these statistics: 25% of registered Democratic won’t even support Pritzker. A little over 8 percent support Rauner’s re-election bid, but currently 15.6 percent are undecided. 42.9 percent of registered Republicans refuse to re-elect Rauner, due to his questionable actions such as supporting expanded taxpayer funding of abortion and making Chicago a sanctuary city. 12.9 percent of those voters are likely going to cast a vote for McCann over Rauner.

 

It's funny what you discover when you request specific results by county. In Montgomery, Christian and Shelby counties, an average of 65 percent outright refuse to vote between Rauner and Pritzker. Keep in mind, these are also three of the highest concentrations of registered independent voters because they have become disenfranchised with the rubbish candidates both major parties put out there. When you look at Fayette, Effingham, Bond and Macoupin counties, that average is closer to 75 percent.

 

Here are even worse statistics not related to the poll: In the 2014 gubernatorial election, the outcome was decided with only 40 percent of voters casting their votes. In the 2016 presidential election, the state’s outcome was determined with 33 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls. Less than 25 percent of registered voters turned out statewide in the March primaries.

 

And worst of all: Democrats and Republicans want to suppress voter choice, trying to keep other candidates off the ballot. The efforts of both parties, fortunately, failed and hence why there’s a four-way race for governor. Voter choice is a great thing and even better when there are choices beyond Democrat and Republican.

 

2018 needs to be the year voters (and politicians) revolt against their party lines and ensure the election of a third-party governor. It is not impossible: Minnesota voters elected former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura as a Reform Party candidate in 1999, Angus King was elected as governor of Maine as an independent in 1995 and in recent years, Bill Walker was elected governor of Alaska as an independent in 2014.

 

Voters are more disenfranchised than ever and these people do have alternatives to vote for in November’s general election instead of holding their nose and supporting the least of two equally horrible and corrupt political evils.

 

Jake Leonard
Mid-Illinois Campaign Coordinator, Jackson/Mohip 2018
Nokomis

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Letter to the Editor: Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp April 2018

APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

 

Distractions are a part of everyday life, but they are becoming more prominent in the car than anywhere else. Distractions are anything that takes your attention from your current thought process. Talking to a passenger while trying to keep an eye on the road, speedometer, other cars, upcoming signs, and traffic lights is already a challenge. Now, add a cell phone in the mix and that is one more distraction. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by their cell phone. But when you’re driving, do you realize that distracted driver is you? Most don’t. New technology in vehicles is great, but it’s causing more distractions than ever. According to the National Safety Council, 53% of drivers believe if manufacturers put “infotainment” dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. But, what drivers don’t realize is that these technologies distract our brains for a time after you’ve used them. Some say they are multitaskers, but that does not justify the possible death or injury that distractions and driving might cause to yourself or others. Multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. And in 2017 alone, more than 40,000 people were killed from motor vehicle accidents. All it takes is one second of your attention to change a life forever.

 

Ending distracted driving is everyone’s responsibility and here are some ways you can get started:

 

  • In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Safety Council is offering a free 45-minute course on distracted driving. We urge community members to participate. Visit nsc.org to learn more.

  • Do an analysis of your current situation prior to getting behind the wheel. Full attention should be brought to the road and if that is not possible, driving is a bad idea.

  • Address distracted driving at school, work, church, etc. Having an open conversation about distracted driving is a great way to bring awareness and provide education. For more helpful information, contact your local law enforcement or visit nsc.org.

 

Next time you get behind the wheel, be the focused driver that you are. Keep yourself safe in addition to others on the road.

 

Sources: nsc.org

 

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

Nov.

Dec.

Jan

Feb.

March

Warrants

14

13

19

8

14

Citations

73

69

75

93

 

82

Crashes

32

37

26

27

32

DUI’S

0

0

1

2

2

Civil Process

102

92

92

81

 

81

Criminal Arrests

6

3

3

4

3

Domestic Calls

11

8

11

12

9

Calls For Service

449

435

394

403

485

 

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

79

78

78

63

83

Average Daily Population

59

59

59

58

57

Fingerprints

24

18

21

21

26

Transports

16

17

19

26

17

Transport Mileage

2114

1641

1775

2110

1342

Transport Hours

103

124

104

125

90

 

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Letter to the Editor: Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp March 2018

FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL 8 NR. 2

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

See Something Say Something

 

The Christian County’s Sheriff Office would like to bring attention to a topic that’s being heard around the nation – school shootings. Such a difficult topic needs our local attention to make sure we’re not the community on the news. In the recent Florida school shooting, instances have emerged in which state and federal officials missed opportunities to stop the alleged killer. As a community, we must act flawlessly to prevent this in our area. We will be giving our full attention to all warning signs shared with us. And, we expect our students, teachers, parents, community members to do the same. We will also be reviewing our processes to ensure we are prepared at the highest level for an effective response to potential violence that comes our way. Recently local school superintendents and principals, all police chiefs in Christian County and Sheriff Personnel from Christian, Montgomery and Shelby County, the State Police, FBI and Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards meet to discuss what we can do to keep our students and school personnel safe.

 

For you to help us, below, we’ve listed warning signs and facts to consider when you feel something or someone is being suspicious. Please know that a single warning sign by itself usually does not warrant direct action, but it does, however, attract the attention of the person seeing the signs to look for other possible warning signs.

  • A fascination with and possession of firearms – this gives the person capacity to carry out an attack. But, if the person simply possesses firearms and has no other warning signs, it is unlikely that he or she represents danger.

  • The person is a loner and shows interest in past shooting situations. And, has possession of firearms.

  • The person exhibits different behavior, has a history of mental illness and refuses counseling and has possession of firearms.

 

The following are warning signs associated with school shootings in the United States:

  • Violent fantasy content: writings, drawings, reading and viewing materials

  • Anger problems: difficulty controlling anger, loss of temper, impulsivity

  • Fascination with Weapons and Accoutrements: especially those designed and most often used to kill people

  • Loner: isolated and socially withdrawn, prefers own company to the company of others

  • Suicidal ideation: depressed and expresses hopelessness and despair

  • Imitation of other murderers: appearance, dress, grooming, possessions like those of violent shooters in the past

 

Again, it is our responsibility as a community to be on the lookout for one another, especially as this is, unfortunately, becoming a tragic reality in our nation and we plan to learn from the tragic consequences of the failures others have made. Please contact your local school and law enforcement authorities if you see or hear anything that maybe a warning sign. If you have any questions or suggestions about this topic call me or contract your local law enforcement agency.

 

Sources:

ABCNews.com, FoxNews.com, Uno.edu

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Letter to the Editor: THANKS to the Community from Kiwanis Club President

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted January 30, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club extends a sincere thank you to the community for a wonderful and successful pancake and sausage breakfast held this past Saturday.
Our efforts to serve the children of our community are much less effective without the support of the community.

On behalf of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club I wish to extend our thanks to the following for their part in this wonderful event:  the Taylorville Moose Club, Your Taylorville McDonald’s and the Taylorville Community Credit Union.

Should I have overlooked someone deserving recognition; my apologies, but thanks for your support as well.  This annual event proves to be a huge success because of all who helped, and “Thank You” falls short of the gratitude we wish to extend to each of you.

The Kiwanis chefs flipped hundreds of pancakes and served nearly 200 pounds of sausage at Saturday’s event.  All of the proceeds from this event go directly in support of our Kiwanis youth focused programs including  “Coats for Kids”, Builders Club and Key Club sponsorships and college scholarships for high school seniors.

Again, thanks to the community for the outstanding support that continues each year as the Taylorville Kiwanis Club serves the children of the world.

Martin Vota
President Taylorville Kiwanis Club

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Letter to the Editor from Libertarian Party

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted January 25, 2018

 

Dear Editor:

 

The Illinois General Assembly is once again plotting to see how much more money they can steal from your wallets and your families in 2018. How exactly are they doing that?

 

Democrats in the General Assembly are once again pushing a tax on advertising, a move that has been met with strong opposition from the Illinois Press Association and its member publications since it was first introduced. If this bill were to ever pass, the end result would be disastrous as businesses would be discouraged from advertising on any medium, except online. As advertising revenues decline, it would result in the decline of smaller media groups who would ultimately be forced to sell to larger media groups. Unfortunately, even the large media groups won’t be immune and will have to shut down as well. If this tax is passed, it creates zero winners and tens of thousands of losers.

 

While the General Assembly voted for a 67 percent individual income tax hike from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent and a 46 percent corporate income tax hike from 5.25 percent to 7 percent, Democrats and a select few Republicans seeking re-election in 2018 are pushing for yet another tax hike. While it’s not disclosed as to what those rates would be, we believe they want to hike the individual income tax rate to 6 percent and the corporate income tax rate as high as 9 percent, something that is incredibly hostile to individual and corporate taxpayers.

 

There’s a plethora of other taxes being proposed, but there has been one which has been pushed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan since 2016 – a mileage tax. There are people who commute to work in Springfield, Decatur, Vandalia, Effingham, Mattoon, Charleston and St. Louis among others from anywhere within Christian, Montgomery and Shelby counties daily.

 

The proposed legislation would call for your vehicle to be “bugged” with a GPS tracking device and then you’re taxed on how many miles you drive in a given calendar year. That isn’t right, as no one should be penalized via additional taxes for commuting to work. Your freedoms should not be put at risk or endangered just because our state government finds it convenient to tax you for driving to work.

 

This is truly getting old. Whatever happened to fiscal responsibility? They used to teach that in our schools at one point in time, now most young adults can’t even balance a checkbook. They look at our politicians in Springfield and think, “If our state government and the politicians which represent the government can’t even be fiscally responsible and not spend more money than they take in, why should I?”

 

The Illinois General Assembly, especially Madigan and Cullerton, will stop at nothing to make sure the greater majority of Illinoisans are in poverty (or remains in poverty) as a result of excessively high taxation. Our property taxes are way too high. Our individual income taxes are way too high. We’re losing jobs to other states because our corporate income taxes are way too high. It’s wrong for them to keep taking more and more of your hard-earned money only to overspending on pork spending and worthless garbage.

 

Jake Leonard
Tri-Counties Libertarian Party
Nokomis, IL 62075 

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Letter to the Editor - Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL 8 NR. 1

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

 

Happy New Year, Christian County!

 

With 2018 here, many of us have taken reflection on the previous year. Those thoughts and considerations can be different for everyone and what you choose to look back upon is up to you. This time of looking back can help with setting new goals you’d like to work toward in the New Year.

 

As the Christian County Sheriff’s Office did an internal reflection, we highlighted our highs and lows of 2017. Re-evaluating our “highs and lows” is something my family and I do every day. Especially with coming into the New Year, this is a great opportunity to share with you what we’re looking at and how we plan to move forward.

 

Department Lows:

  • The escaping of two inmates from the Christian County Jail.

    • Several policy and procedure violations were made by our correctional officers. Since then, we have new policies in place and the correctional officers have been disciplined for their violations. As a department, we can assure the community that many measures have been taken to prevent this from happening again.

  • Two opiate overdose deaths in Christian County.

  • Although this was six fewer than the numbers in 2016, two is still too many. As a department, we’re constantly looking for ways to bring awareness to the opioid painkiller addiction and how to decrease abuse of the substance. In 2018, we challenge ourselves to heighten awareness for all and to find ways to work with the community. We need to proactively engage in this opioid epidemic as it is slowly spreading into our own hometowns.

  • As a department, fatalities are an unfortunate part of the job. Five of these deaths occurred from one train-auto accident. We encourage all motorists on our roads to remain alert and safe when going to, and from, any destination.

  • Six traffic fatalities in Christian County.

 

Department Highs:

  • Quick and effective work to apprehend the two inmates who escaped the Christian County Jail.

    • Once our department was notified of the escapees, our officers were able to apprehend these men within three hours. This is impeccable and a true test to the training and hard work our officers put in every day. We are proud of our officers and appreciate how quickly they captured the subjects to ensure safety in the community.

  • Apprehension of an armed, and barricaded, off-duty Macon County Sheriff’s deputy.

  • Our department is proud to work with state, county and local law enforcement departments. This apprehension was successful because of the combined work effort of the above departments. The off-duty deputy did not inflict or receive any injuries during the apprehension. Christian County is always ready to help when needed and we appreciate the work of our officers.

  • These individuals attended 12-step meetings while housed at the Christian County Jail, which is conducted two times a week. Between 10 to 17 males, and 5 to 10 females, attend these meetings and the department recognizes the hard work each individual who completed the program put in.

  • Jeff Brown was recognized for his investigative techniques in an investigative case which led to the seizure of 108 grams of (ICE) methamphetamine and two handguns. This investigation also led to the arrest of two individuals for meth trafficking and meth delivery in Christian County. Our department is truly proud of the work Jeff Brown brings to our community and we appreciate his commitment to keeping our community safe.

  • 13 individuals completed Problem Solving Court in Christian County.

  • Christian County Investigator Jeff Brown was recognized at the Illinois MEG (Metropolitan Enforcement Group) Directs and Task Force Commanders Association Annual Awards Banquet.

 

Our department will continue to look at our list of “highs and lows” and how we will use this as a driving force to provide safety to you. If you have any questions, or want to learn more about what we’re doing, please reach out to your local law enforcement.

 

January 9th was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Though this day has passed, we wanted to give a shout out to our officers who continue to work on providing safety in our community. Our departments wouldn’t be as successful without the strong team we have. We thank you for your service!

 

The following are some interesting numbers from 2017.

 

Jail Bookings 988

Calls for service 5950

Crashes 406

DUI’S 27

Speeding Citations 774

Criminal Arrests 73

 

 

 

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Warrants

23

10

11

14

13

Citations

89

89

136

73

 

69

Crashes

30

44

22

32

37

DUI’S

2

3

1

0

0

Civil Process

91

111

91

102

 

92

Criminal Arrests

4

5

5

6

3

Domestic Calls

12

11

13

11

8

Calls For Service

500

531

508

449

435

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

89

89

87

79

78

Average Daily Population

59

57

54

59

59

Fingerprints

21

11

21

24

18

Transports

19

15

19

16

17

Transport Mileage

2198

3522

2124

2414

1641

Transport Hours

140

162

113

103

124

 

 

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Letter to the Editor: "Thank You, Taylorville"

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted December 31, 2017

 

To the kind people of Taylorville,

   I want to express My deepest gratitude and Thanks for the help  I received recently. wanted to write this before but, been quite 'under the weather,' sorry on that.

    Mayor Barry and John McClure were of great help getting a waterline replaced at My home, Thanks just isn't a good enough word. Revrend John Crist III used his backhoe to dig, and then refill, the trench to put in the waterline to my home, Thank You Sir, Taylorville True Value donated pipe and fittings, Thank You very Much to the people of Taylorville True Value for your generosity, and Charlie Baker, who put the line in to the house, Thank You Charlie.

     There were a number of others come to help, I didn't get their names but, wish to Thank You, as well.  Thanks Gentlemen.

I just wanted to express My gratitude for this tremendous act of kindness and generosity by the people of Taylorville.

 

M. E. Reiss
Taylorville, Ill

 

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Letter to the Editor - Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL 7 NR. 12

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

Your eyes start to feel heavy and your eyelids begin to droop. Soon, your head starts to nod. You’re on your way home and behind the wheel. You blink hard and try to focus on the road but realize you’ve crossed over into oncoming traffic. Quickly you regain control of the wheel and get straightened back in your lane. You’re lucky this time, but next time could be different. You fell victim to drowsy driving. People think about the dangers of drinking and driving every day, but drowsy driving-which is just as dangerous and fatal, isn’t at the top of many minds. Just like alcohol, sleepiness slows your reaction time, impairs judgement and increases the risk for crashing while driving.

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), drowsy driving causes more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes drowsy driving involves about 1 in 6 deadly crashes, 1 in 8 crashes resulting in hospitalization, and 1 in 14 accidents where a vehicle was towed. These statistics show the lack of awareness and education on this topic. Especially around the holiday season, when the roads become busy, it’s time to bring alarm and raise concern about drowsy driving.

 

In a poll by the NSF, 97% of people see drowsy driving as a threat to safety on the roads. As a driver, it’s important to understand that prolonged periods of being awake, long days at work or school, etc. make it unsafe to be on the road.

 

It can be hard to tell when you’re too tired to drive. Here are some signs:

  • Frequent blinking, heavy eyelids

  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven

  • Missing exits or traffic signs

  • Rubbing your eyes

  • Drifting from your lane

 

If you’re driving to visit friends and loved ones this holiday season, be sure to make sure you’re getting enough sleep (7-8 hours) before driving. Also, try these helpful tips to make the drive safe:

  • Listen to music or a podcast: this will help keep your brain moving and alert

  • Eat energy foods: fruits, nuts or dark chocolate are good alternatives to caffeine and these super foods are rich in vitamins

  • Stay hydrated: dehydration is prone to cause irritability, which will affect your concentration and overall alertness

  • Stretch: keep your blood pumping to regenerate and stay awake

 

If you have any questions about drowsy driving or how to stay safe on the long-road trips during the holiday, contact your local law enforcement.

 

From my family and everyone at the Sheriff’s Office, we would like to wish everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

 

Sources:

Drowsydriving.org

Sleepfoundation.org

 

 

????Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Warrants

23

10

11

14

15

Citations

89

89

136

73

 

150

Crashes

30

44

22

32

32

DUI’S

2

3

1

0

2

Civil Process

91

111

91

102

 

85

Criminal Arrests

4

5

5

6

5

Domestic Calls

12

11

13

11

12

Calls For Service

500

531

508

449

427

 

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

89

89

87

79

71

Average Daily Population

59

57

54

59

61

Fingerprints

21

11

21

24

15

Transports

29

15

19

16

11

Transport Mileage

2198

3522

2124

2414

1276

Transport Hours

140

162

113

103

73

 

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Letter to the Editor - Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

The holiday season is a time when people can become vulnerable to theft and other crimes. People are often rushing to buy gifts, decorating homes and travelling to visit family and friends. With the increase in the amount of people that are out shopping at the malls and grocery stores – parking lots are becoming packed, car seats are filled up with bags and the lines at ATMs are a little longer for cash gifts. Unfortunately, the bad guys use the holiday season to find easy targets. And, the theft and other crimes happen so quickly that people don’t feel it happen to them, in the case of being pickpocketed, or realize something they might have done caused this to happen. Unfortunately, through the hustle and bustle and festive moods, people do become careless without noticing and often, the sense of caution temporarily goes away – in the example of going to the car and placing bags in the back seat because the trunk is full.

 

Thieves, now more than ever, are becoming invisible – in the shopping malls and online. They are able to move through big crowds of rushed, distracted people and grab things out of bags because they weren’t zipped or held close enough to the body and online, fake websites are being used to prey on those who are looking for a good deal. The holiday shopping experience should be joyous and we’d like to make sure you’re prepared when shopping.

 

Here are some tips to help keep the holiday shopping safe, in stores and online.

 

Shopping in Stores:

  • Do not buy more than you can carry. When shifting bags around to try and carry them all, a bag may be left for a thief to grab. Try to plan ahead by taking someone along to help.

  • Save all receipts and keep them together to verify all holiday credit card purchases.

  • When checking out and paying with a credit card, wait to take it out until asked. As noted, thieves are invisible and are blending in with the crowd. So, one might be standing in line looking over shoulders to get that card information.

  • When headed to the parking lot, have the keys in hand when approaching the vehicle and be sure to check the back seat and around the car.

  • Do not leave bags in site in the vehicle. Lock all bags in the trunk.

 

Shopping Online:

  • Before shopping, secure computers by updating the security software. All computers should have anti-virus, anti-spyware as well as a firewall installed.

  • Keep all personal information private and passwords secure. If a request appears to verify passwords or credit card information, do not respond unless you initiated that contact. Legitimate online businesses will not contact you in this manner.

  • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check the business background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

 

As always, if there are any questions or additional tips needed, please contact your local law enforcement. I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!

 

Source: National Crime Prevention Council (ncpc.org)

 

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Warrants

20

23

10

11

14

Citations

118

89

89

136

 

73

Crashes

37

30

44

22

32

DUI’S

3

2

3

1

0

Civil Process

76

91

111

91

 

102

Criminal Arrests

4

4

5

5

6

Domestic Calls

11

12

11

13

11

Calls For Service

499

500

531

508

449

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

96

89

89

87

79

Average Daily Population

51

59

57

54

59

Fingerprints

19

21

11

21

24

Transports

15

29

15

19

16

Transport Mileage

1410

2198

3522

2124

2414

Transport Hours

65

140

162

113

103

 

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Letter to the Editor and the Hornbuckle Family

Letter to the Editor and the Hornbuckle Family

 

Posted October 29, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

This letter is directed to the Hornbuckle family.

 

These lovely people are deserving of our condolences, and I have sent mine, privately. That is not the purpose of this letter. Instead, this is intended as a message of gratitude.

 

When Clint was diagnosed, you must have been both devastated and terrified. I can’t imagine. In fact, I don’t like to think about it. But when you received the news, you could have shut yourself off from the world, and no one would have faulted you for it. You could have thanked everyone for their concern, but said that this was a family matter and that you were choosing to focus your energies on your son exclusively.


You did not do that. Instead, you recognized how important your son was to this community. You created the Hornbuckle Warriors page on Facebook, and a movement was born. You took uncomfortable pictures and shared medical information and personal moments, all combined with daily updates as to Clint’s progress. His fight became our fight. And your hope became ours as well.


While the updates themselves were appreciated, so were the comments. When I would get down, I would go to the page and see everyone’s messages. It made me feel better to see others as upset as I was. Maybe that is a strange thing to be grateful for – I don’t know. But sometimes, in times of sadness, company can bring comfort.


Clint was my friend. Cindy is my friend. And by extension, their family is my family. But I am not someone who would have warranted daily calls about his condition. And I wouldn’t have asked. I would have given you your privacy and waited for news. I wouldn’t have had a place to remind myself just how much Clint meant to people. Your selfless decision to share your son with us, and to keep us up-to-date on his progress, made me feel as if I were there, getting to spend some last time with someone I cared about. And someone I will miss.


I don’t know if creating and writing that page brought you any comfort. I hope that it did. But to be honest, what kind of comfort can there be for such a devastating loss? I can only hope that as time passes, you will return to that page, read the comments, and know that Clint was loved. Losing him is nothing short of catastrophic. But I hope that you can see that your son touched the lives of hundreds of people.


Maybe this letter is inappropriate. I hope not, and am sorry if so. I don’t intend it to be. And I don’t intend it to make light of this devastating loss. My pain is incomparable to yours. But I, for one, am grateful for your decision to allow us to be with you on this journey. Your choice, and that page, reminded me why I love this community I will always call my home. Your loss is now our loss. My heart reaches out to you, and I offer you my sincere thanks for sharing your last days with Clint with all of us.


Love,
Sara Clark

Springfield, IL

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Letter to the Editor from Taylorville Kiwanis Club President

As President of Taylorville Kiwanis for the 2017 - 2018 term I want to bring an awareness of what Kiwanis is about to our community.  Bottom line is…… Kids need Kiwanis!

For more than 100 years, Kiwanis International has been active in communities around the world. In our community, the Kiwanis Club of Taylorville was established October 26th, 1954 and has been helping kids for 63 years.

You might know some of our members. You’ve probably seen us in the neighborhood, in church or at the grocery store. Our members aren’t just dedicated to helping children, but dedicated to helping our community through a number of excellent community organizations.  We’re the do-gooders in the community—the ones who arrive early to help set up an event and stay late to clean up. Sometimes we serve pancakes and sausage or offer peanuts to help raise money to support our efforts to help kids.  Taylorville Kiwanis members provide annual support for the following activities. 

Provide coats, hats, and gloves for children in our community
Support the Pediatric Dental program in Taylorville
Award college scholarships to Taylorville High School graduates
Support the local YMCA
Donate to the CEO program
Help stock the shelves at local food pantries
Make needed improvements and repairs at Kiwanis Park
And provide help to many more projects that support the Kiwanis mission

As Kiwanis members, we believe we can make a difference in the world, in our community and in the life of a child. Along with clubs for adults, Kiwanis offers clubs for kids in elementary (K-Kids), junior high (Builders Club), high school (Key Club) and even in college (Circle K). We also have a club focused to give developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to volunteer in their community (Aktion Club). Kiwanis members believe everyone can benefit from helping others.

To be honest, we’ve struggled with membership over the years. The demands of a family, a job and a social life can interfere with the best of intentions to help others. Yet more kids than ever before need our help. With more Kiwanis club members we can help more kids. And we know kids need our support. In an effort to strengthen our club we ask the question, “Can we count on you?”

Call us at (217) 827- 5342 or visit our Taylorville Kiwanis Club Facebook page to find out how you can help. Kids need Kiwanis—and Kiwanis needs you.

In Kiwanis service,
Martin Vota
President – Taylorville Kiwanis Club

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Letter to the Editor: Christian County Tea Party Chair Not Supporting Rauner's Re-Election

Letter to the Editor

Posted October 4, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

Let this be my official statement: As Chairman of the Christian County Tea Party, I will NOT be supporting Governor Rauner for re-election for his stance on funding abortions and making IL. a sanctuary state. This goes against my firm beliefs in respecting LIFE and the rule of LAW.

                                                                                             

Thank you,

Ray Koonce

Taylorville, IL

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Letter to the Editor On Pana's Liquor Ordinance

Letter to the Editor

Posted October 1, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

It’s truly disgusting to see how two-faced the Pana City Council truly has been for decades, but even moreso when they discussed extended liquor sales during the month of September.

 

On September 11, the council vote 5-4, with a tiebreaker vote from Mayor Don Kroski to authorize city attorney Steve Mahrt to prepare the potential changes to the ordinance. Two weeks later, it gets shot down 5-3 without any valid or logical reasoning why liquor sales can’t be extended to Sundays. There were absolutely no valid arguments presented in the September 27 issue of the Pana News-Palladium on WHY the council decided to back out two weeks later.

 

From our economic perspective, Aldermen Butch Hocq, Joe Wiss and Tim Eddy cast their votes as an attempt to save the city’s crumbling economy. If you haven’t checked, Downtown Pana is a ghost town as compared to its former glory 25 years ago when it seemed there was a business in every building. Now, over half of the buildings are empty with one of them recently declared as condemned (with many more to come, including the former Metzger Drug building). These three men voted from an economic perspective that expanding liquor sales to Sunday would benefit not only the businesses that would serve on Sunday, but also the city regarding sales tax revenue. You can’t shame these three for truly looking out for the local economy.

 

The nay votes from Aldermen Glenn Schneider, Jerry Jordan, Ronald Miles, Leon Goff and Kirk Woods can easily be construed not only as caving in to pressure from the religious right but also as an anti-economic, anti-commerce vote. While Woods originally voted in favor of drawing up the potential revisions, we truly don’t understand why a businessman of his stature would flip-flop on the idea that the city could have benefitted from added sales tax revenue in his most recent vote.

 

It’s because of status quo politics why the City of Roses and Christian County can’t ever get ahead anymore. For as long as the Sunday ban has existed in Pana and in Christian County, both governmental bodies have allowed millions of dollars in potential sales tax revenues go to neighboring communities and counties that don’t impose a Sunday ban. If Pana doesn’t make a step in the right economic direction, your residents will keep purchasing their alcohol in Nokomis, in Tower Hill, in Shelbyville, in Vandalia, in Moweaqua and now in Ramsey on Sundays. These communities benefit from not imposing liquor sales bans.

 

Aldermen Hocq, Wiss and Eddy: keep fighting the good fight for the local economy. Aldermen Schneider, Jordan, Miles, Goff and Woods: you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for being against your local economy, especially when the Sunday ban is oppressive and detrimental to said economy.


Jake Leonard
Chapter Chairman & SOC Representative | Tri-Counties Libertarian Party
Deputy Communications Director | Libertarian Party of Illinois
Libertarian Candidate | Illinois State Senate, District 48
Website: www.tricountylibertarians.org
Nokomis, IL 62075 

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Letter to the Editor: Congressman Rodney Davis In the Pockets of Sugar Cartels

Letter to the Editor

Posted September 28, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) is in the pocket of the nation's beet and cane sugar cartels!  Davis continually votes to maintain the U.S. Sugar program.  Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Davis received well over $65,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2013. 

Thanks to Rep. Davis and others, the U.S. Sugar Program continues.  The Sugar Program is a Soviet style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports.  This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more!   According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $58 per household.   
In Rep. Davis' 4 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each Illinois family an additional $232 for groceries.  You have to ask yourself, is my Congressman really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions?  It's time for Congressman Davis to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels!   
The Independent Bakers' Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades.  For more information about IBA and sugar program corruption, visit IBAbaker.com. 

Sincerely,
Nicholas A. Pyle, President
Independent Bakers' Association
Washington, DC

 

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Editorial from Miller Media Group on 25th Anniversary in Taylorville/Pana/Shelbyville

Posted September 20, 2017

 

This is Miller Media Group president Randal J. Miller, here to remininise about our quarter century serving our listeners and advertisers in the Taylorville, Pana, and Shelbyville markets.

It was the day after Labor Day in 1992, that I took over management, then ownership, in WTIM Radio. 

In the 25 years that have ensued, my wife and I have raised our 3 girls in Taylorville, they all graduated from Taylorville High School, and are now gainfully employed, I'm proud to say!

And, in those 25 years, our Taylorville group has grown from one station to 6.

We thank God for opening the door for our family to come to Taylorville, Pana and Shelbyville 25 years ago.  We are blessed with countless friends, business relationships, and people that have been there for us in good and bad over this past quarter century.

There are 2 special relationships we've worked hard to build over this past quarter century, and that is with our listeners and our advertisers. 

Every day, we strive to create compelling local content that attracts listeners.  And, every day we offer the listenership we've worked hard to build, to local businesses in giving them an opportunity to effectively attract customers to their business.

As we begin the next quarter century of service, I want you to personally know how much YOU are appreciated, and that everything all of us at the Miller Media Group do every day, is to serve YOU.

THANKS for 25 great years...and here's to 25 more!

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Letter to the Editor - Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

REPORT A BULLY

 

Bullying. A word all of us are, unfortunately, familiar with. Bullying can happen to anyone – someone who is the quiet one or even the tough guy in class. It can come from anyone also– girls, boys, preschoolers, etc. A sure thing is that no one deserves to be bullied. For those that get bullied, they need to know it’s not their fault. Bullying includes repeated behaviors that focus on making someone else feel inadequate or belittled. It comes in many forms, such as harassment, physical harm, and demeaning words. Bullying makes the person feel less about whom they are.

 

According to Teen’s Against Bullying, this year, 13 million students will be bullied, which is almost one of every four students. Because of bullying, teens who are bullied, and even those who are witnesses to bullying, are scared to go to school. This hinders the learning in our schools for students, which is another reason why it is time to have “all hands-on deck” when it comes to preventing bullying.

 

Who gets bullied and who does it?

As noted earlier, bullying can happen to anyone, but let’s focus on teenagers. Teens are the largest age group of getting targeted, but also of being the “bully”. The targets for teen bullying are those who are perceived to be different by a disability, race, sex, body shape, etc. It’s not about appearance as some might think. We may say, “it’s the kid in all black” or “the one who gets mad”. In all reality, it could be the kid at the top of the class or the star athlete. It’s about behavior. Teens who bully can be any size, age, race, gender, or in any social class. Bullying is becoming more common amongst younger teens. However, unlike older teens, the younger teens are using physical bullying, which is easier to see. Older teens are utilizing other methods like social media, which is harder to identify. Bullying trends can be seen by gender. Boys are more likely to use physical bullying and girls lean toward verbal and emotional, such as targeting others with nasty rumors.

 

How do people get bullied?

There are many forms of bullying:

  • Physical. This is self-explanatory. The instigator attempts to physically harm the other person by kicking, punching, shoving, etc. With this type, the instigator instills fear in the one being bullied and often, coerces the other person to do something.

  • Verbal. This is the use of demeaning language to tear down another person. Excessive teasing, belittling words and uses of sarcasm are common ways to hurt the other person’s feelings or humiliate them.

  • Emotional. This type of bullying is designed to get someone else to feel isolated and alone, which can often cause depression and is becoming frequent for teens.

  • Cyber. Electronic bullying is becoming a serious problem for teens. Through social media and text messages, bullies are humiliating and embarrassing others and can be extremely devastating to the one’s being bullied.

 

What can we do to stop teen bullying?

Teen bullying can be difficult to address, but there are things we can do as a community. To start, family members should discourage bullying. First, it’s important to understand that all bystanders, a person who witnesses bullying, have an opportunity to prevent this from happening. For example, if a teen is in a group of friends and one of the friends is bullying someone else in front of them, that group has a decision to make – to let this happen or stop the bully. This “group” is really important and their reaction has a direct impact on the bully, and the situation. As a community, we must work together to educate our teens about bullying. We need to show them how being a bystander only hurts someone else. Second, our teens should be encouraged to find friends who are supportive and kind. Having a strong friend network can minimize bullying, as bullies are targeting those who are alone. Supportive and diverse environments are crucial in the fight against bullying. Our community is enriched with different types of people, and with your help, we can be role models to show our teens that bullying shouldn’t happen.

 

If you have any questions about bullying or how you can help in our community with bullying prevention, please reach out to your local law enforcement for more information.

 

Source: pacerteensagainstbullying.org

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Letter to the Editor from Senator Andy Manar and State Representative Avery Bourne

Letter to the Editor

Posted September 12, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

Educating kids should be a bipartisan issue. Two weeks ago, in the General Assembly, it finally was. After years of working on this issue and months of intense negotiations, the General Assembly passed a landmark school funding reform law that will fundamentally transform the way that Illinois funds our schools. This once-in-a-generation school funding reform legislation is the single most important, bipartisan reform Illinois has seen in decades. As Downstate legislators of different political parties, we were proud to work together on behalf of the schools and children we represent in negotiating the final agreement.

Illinois will go from having the worst school funding formula in the country to having one of the best. Students in school districts lacking local wealth will be prioritized regardless of zip code. That means underfunded Downstate districts will get the help they need.
There has been a lot of discussion about the imperfections of the bill. To paraphrase one of our colleagues, this is what compromise looks like. Neither side got everything they wanted but both sides got something. In the end, this is a transformative reform and a victory for every student in the state.
One main Republican concern under the previous version of school funding reform was that Chicago would have received their pension payment through the school funding formula - skewing education dollars to CPS first. Under this compromise Chicago still does well, like all other underfunded school districts. The bipartisan agreement pays Downstate teacher pension in full and moves Chicago’s pension costs out of the school funding formula treating them like every other school district in the state. Chicago is also given the ability to raise their property taxes so that they will support their own schools locally like every other district in the state.
One main Democratic concern under the Governor’s amendatory veto of a the previous version of school funding reform was his move to strike several provisions that protected underfunded schools in future years from potential cuts. The bipartisan agreement keeps these provisions intact. That will ensure that the state continues to make underfunded schools the highest priority with the goal of eliminating our worst-in-the-nation inequity gap.

In short, this compromise treats all 852 school districts the same and will benefit every school district and every student in Illinois.
We have had real disagreements on school funding reform along the way. You have probably heard our disagreements in your local paper and in the media. But at the same time, the well-being of the schools and students we collectively represent took precedent over partisanship. In the final school funding reform deal, the sponsors of the bill were both balanced and bipartisan - five democrats and four republicans including both of us. We believe this reform legislation represents what bipartisan compromise should look like.  
In a state as regionally and economically diverse as Illinois, changing such a formula is a difficult proposition under the best of circumstances. Yet, under some of the most difficult circumstances, this summer state lawmakers and Governor Rauner came together to stand up for Illinois’ two million public schoolchildren by voting for and signing a comprehensive school funding overhaul.
SB 1947, the final compromise, is a landmark reform for school funding. It became possible because legislators from both parties and from all parts of the State decided to work together and compromise.
Kids took priority over politics and every student in Illinois is better off for it.
 
Senator Andy Manar is a Democrat from Bunker Hill. Representative Avery Bourne is a Republican from Raymond. They were part of the group of state lawmakers that negotiated the bipartisan school funding reform legislation signed into law Aug. 31.

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Letter to the Editor Opposing Expansion of Hog Farm in Montgomery County

Letter to the Editor

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Dear Editor:

 

Written In Opposition To Proposed Hog Confinement by Dereke Dunkirk & Borgic Farms
This letter is being written to you in opposition of the proposed new Dereke hog confinement facility proposed on E. 5th Road, Farmersville, and any expansion thereafter.  All residents will be affected by this facility if constructed, either directly or indirectly.


My property is about a mile from the proposed site.  Some residents are closer to the site, while others will be caught between the current hog confinement on Morrisonville Avenue, west, and the new proposed one to the east.  They would be less than three miles apart.  Two hog confinement facilities in our rural neighborhood is too many and puts us at severe risks.


It seems they are building all the hog confinements around Farmersville.  We have at least three now.  Residents had no prior notification of this concentrated hog facility or any information on it: wean to finish operation, waste application intentions, use of hormones or steroid feed additives, available water sources, etc.  There are several environmental, financial and quality of life factors that put myself and my neighbors at risk if this facility can be built here.


The first major concern is our water and the flooding issues we have in this area by the proposed site and south, east, north, west of it and directly in front of the just recently sunk well.  It is scientifically proven that hog waste, fumes, chemical applications, and various diseases will contaminate our water, air, and soil with field and ditch run off, leakage and spills.  Last year a tanker carrying hog waste from outside of Farmersville had a large gash in the side of the tanker and the driver knew it but kept hauling several loads from Route 48 down E. 5th Road heading north.  I could smell it from inside my home.  Finally, a law enforcement officer stopped this.  It was gushing from the tanker all over the road for over seven miles at least.  The smell was the worst I have ever experienced in my life and it lasted for days!  There wasn’t any clean up by anyone and it drained into the ditch when it rained.


I have hauled water on numerous occasions over the last few years during dry conditions and worry that our water table will not be able to support a facility of this size or smaller, because at times it cannot support us.  When they have applied the manure application on the fields it does drain into our water supply and the stench alone keeps me confined to my home.  The direct injection method some use does not prevent the run off that drains onto our properties and into our wells because some of the land is lower and more prone to flooding (coal mine/Gob Nob), in addition to lack of field tile or adequate drainage in the fields.  This becomes a public health and safety concern.


Hog waste impacts our watershed and not just the areas immediately surrounding our neighborhood.  Water flows as you well know.  This contamination impacts waterways and pollutes our drinking water and the water for hundreds of residents downstream, many of whom do not know where this facility will be located.  It is important to recognize the cumulative impacts of multiple hog confinements in our area.  Two hog confinement facilities within three miles of our rural neighborhood is too many and puts us at severe risks.  WE all need and deserve a sustainable and uncontaminated water source.


Flooding is an issue here, due to the low-lying round and absentee landlords who lease their ground and do not take care of it, nor do the farmers they lease to.  I have had almost three feet of water in two acres of pasture, had my paddock flooded all the up to my barn, and this is after they sprayed the field with manure.  It cost me several hundred dollars to haul dirt to build up where the farmers field would flood my property.  The insurance company won’t cover it and would have to redo my entire fence line.  The landowner assured me the farmer would make good for all the property destroyed.  Not so.


The second major concern is our air.  It is well known how horrific hog facilities, lagoons and manure field applications smell.  It sickens you to the core.  The odors and toxins emitted into our air will be detrimental to our health and our quality of life.  Many of us spend more time outdoors than in – mowing, gardening, horseback riding, fishing, caring for other small livestock, camping, entertaining family and friends – and this facility would halt these activities, as it does when they liquid manure the fields.  These odors impair our air quality which is a serious health hazard, not just a nuisance.  Health issues from these fumes cause mucous membrane and throat irritation, respiratory conditions, stress, anxiety, reduced lung function and acute blood pressure elevation.

 

The dangerous and deadly effects of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, and other dangerous gases that rise from decomposing manure are associated with numerous diseases like E. coli, Salmonella, influenza, chronic respiratory problems and antibiotic resistant strains of MRSA and staph.


The third major concern is our land and soil.  Antibiotic resistant bacteria can reach and infect us through consumption of contaminated food, through direct contact with animals, or through contamination of soil or water with the antibiotic resistant bacteria.  These same bacteria are found in swine waste lagoons and on fields where manure is used as fertilizer.  These residues have been found in both surface and groundwater supplies around the state of Illinois.  Antimicrobials have also been found in private water wells, surface and groundwater supplies, demonstrating that contamination of drinking water is a reality and a threat to our health, not just a possibility. 

 

The hog confinement will also damage our county roads and increase truck traffic on East 5th Road.
The fourth major concern is the damage to our property, its value, and the increased financial hardship this hog farm will cause.  Damage to our properties is inevitable, due to the field spray which was used this spring and has rusted my barn already.  Property values plummet to almost 40 percent in some areas, depending on the scale of the stench and the resale value can be less than what your paid for your home.


The county and Illinois need to implement sound AG policies and practices that protect the environment, human health and our rural quality of life from the impacts of these concentrated hog confinements.

 

Sincerely,

Kelly Robbins
Farmersville, IL 62533

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Letter to the Editor from Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL 7 R. 8

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

OVERDOSE AWARENESS

 

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day – a global event held each year to raise awareness of drug overdoses and to reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. This day also serves as a reminder and acknowledges the grief felt by the families of those who have experienced death, or a life-changing injury, because of a drug overdose. From 1999 to 2015, the death rate of teenagers overdosing on drugs more than doubled. Although drug overdose affects those of all ages, this is alarming. There were 772 drug overdose deaths for adolescents, 15-19 years old (NBC News). Again, the stigma associated with drug overdose is worldwide, and is seen at all levels. It is found in large cities, rural communities, and can be found in our own county. Christian County has had 18 overdose deaths in the last three years. Within the past year, our local hospitals have treated 30 overdose patients. This is not an accurate picture of how many local overdoses have occurred in our county. Many individuals who overdose refuse to go to the ER after being revived by Emergency Medical Services. It is our job, as community members, to make ourselves familiar with what overdose is, how drugs are used, and how to work together to prevent the tragedy associated with drug overdose.

 

To overdose means having too much of a drug, or a combination of drugs, for the body to cope with. With an overdose, there are several signs and symptoms that show it has happened and these differ due to the type of drug used. All drugs, including prescription medication provided by a doctor, can cause an overdose. It is very important to know the correct dosage for your body and if the particular drug can be mixed with something else.

  • Depressant Overdose: This is Opioids (heroin, morphine, fentanyl), medical depressants (benzodiazepines and barbiturates), and alcohol. All of these drugs slow the central nervous system down. They may produce a calming effect to relieve pain or even help people sleep. When taken in excessive amounts, or in combinations, they can depress normal functions such as breathing and heart rate. These reactions can result in coma or even death.

  • Alcohol Poisoning and Overdose: Since alcohol is a depressant, it is possible to overdose and get acute alcohol poisoning, which is often a result of binge drinking. Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time can make the amount in your bloodstream high and cause the body to stop working correctly, such as stopping your breathing and heart.

  • Stimulant Overdose: This is speed and ice (amphetamines). These increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and seizures.

 

When a person uses drugs like these regularly, a tolerance is developed. This means more of the drug needs to be used to get the same effect. And, if a person hasn’t used regularly or they haven’t been able to get the drug, the tolerance will drop. In this case, more often than not, an unusually high amount is taken after the break of not having it and causes the body too much to handle, ending in an overdose. Also, taking more than one kind of drug at a time can put a strain on the body. For example: most heroin-related overdoses are caused when the user mixes it with a depressant drug, such as alcohol.

 

For a majority of the drug overdose deaths in 2015, they were unintentional according to the CDC. And, the drug that killed Americans of all ages across the country that year was heroin. This is why the stigma of drug related incidents, and death, needs to stop and become more of a conversation. As mentioned previously, drug overdose and related incidents are in our community. This is local. Therefore, it is our time to join together on August 31st and every day. Overdose day spreads the message that this is preventable. By wearing silver, you can be a part of the fight to support those who need help the most and to raise awareness.

 

If you have any questions about drug overdose or International Overdose Awareness Day, please reach out to your local law enforcement or learn more at overdoseday.com.

 

Sources: Overdoseday.com and NBCNews.com

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Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

March

April

May

June

July

Warrants

23

15

14

20

23

Citations

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270

123

118

 

89

Crashes

23

36

37

37

30

DUI’S

4

4

2

3

2

Civil Process

145

 

90

120

76

 

91

Criminal Arrests

7

8

4

4

4

Domestic Calls

10

10

9

11

12

Calls For Service

537

506

597

499

500

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

85

74

80

96

89

Average Daily Population

49

54

51

51

59

Fingerprints

17

17

13

19

21

Transports

11

16

18

15

29

Transport Mileage

1456

1638

1686

1410

2198

Transport Hours

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92

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