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Letters Archives for 2018-01

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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