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Letter to the Editor:



Posted June 2, 2023


Dear Editor:


Getting along with others, midway or anyway, is obviously a difficult hurdle since the TDN Editorial was posted.  Not many responses to that can of worms which is another historical lesson being challenged in our 21st Century. The Melting Pot of American citizenship is foaming over with diversity adnauseam!  I could not resist a line from the 1950s TV Rawhide Theme Song; “Keep movin’, movin’, movin’, Though they’re disapprovin’, Keep them dogies movin’, Rawhide”.  


Our culture has sifted through herd-mentality (legal immigration versus illegal migrunts) into herd-immunity (Corona Pandemonium) and is now knee deep in herd-stupidity (Woke and assorted nonsense ideas)!  Follow the crowd and go with the flow seems so relevant but leads where?  Since the middle of the 20th Century We the herd have been steadily brainwashed with anti-American behavior and convictions.


Herd-mentality can be advantageous when driven by herd drivers (drovers) with a common purpose, such as delivering herds of cattle to market and food production.  We-the-herd can be driven way off course and against the intentions of the pioneers who established a new nation here over 400 years ago.  They had a common purpose and desire for life not corralled by corrupt leaders and governments.  They did not seek a halfway or midway existence. It was all or nothing, right versus wrong, following leadership with principals from on High, just like Mr. Miller heralded in his Station Editorial. 


There is a very real hope to a common cause in America and any nation that expects to endure. We-the-herd are either going to stampede the corruption and open rebellion against the USA or settle for whoever has the worse perversion of a Godless way of life.  A middle ground cannot solve the ongoing assault and mockery of the America we inherited from our parents and grandparents. Integrity and responsibility go together when we acknowledge a Higher power and purpose in life.  


Any doubters are encouraged to visit The Sedalia Katy Depot, The Legend of Rawhide - Sedalia, Missouri at the link https://katydepotsedalia.com/thelegendofrawhide.htm


Reviewing our heritage and history are still powerful reminders to why America has succeeded and why we do not need to trash it over the nonsense and open rebellion against our nation.  For the most arrogant and obnoxious amongst us a one-way migration to your favorite ‘other nation’ is highly recommended! 



Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531


Letter to the Editor Reacting to Station Editorial


Posted May 5, 2023


Dear Editor:


I caught your editorial about “getting along”.   I agree with your sentiments about it being harder to get along with others.   I believe this is due to an extended period of complacency from friends and neighbors. 


Getting along with others is combination of wanting to do the right thing and not wanting to be called out for doing the wrong thing.  If no one has guts to call out people for unethical behavior there is no reason for selfish people not to act in their own interest and tell everyone else to pound sand. 


As the owner of a media company, I urge you and your reporters to ask tough questions of elected officials, economic groups and citizens.  Report their actions both good and bad and let your readers and listeners judge whether it is their best interest to “get along” with an individual or group. 


When your devotional gets to the story of Jesus “throwing the money changers out of the temple”, I hope you share with the same enthusiasm as Apostle Paul urging us to get along.


Thank you for being a part or our community and holding us all accountable to each other.


Kenneth Franklin
District 2 
Christian County Board

Letter to the Editor From Taylorville Kiwanis Club Pancake and Sausage Day Chair


Posted May 5, 2023


Dear Editor:


To the Taylorville Community:


On behalf of the Taylorville area Kiwanis Club,  I would like to thank everyone who supported our Pancake and Sausage Breakfast fundraiser held April 29 at the Moose lodge.


Many dedicated, hard working Kiwanis members served 338 breakfasts in four hours.


All food and supplies were donated or purchased locally. Kiwanis members were assisted by several members of the THS Key Club and TJHS Builder’s Club.


Special thanks to the Moose lodge for the use of their facility.


Funds raised by this event are earmarked to serve the youth of the Taylorville area.

Our 2023 breakfast was a big success thanks to you!


Chuck Martin, Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Chairman


Station Editorial: Can't We All Get Along?



Posted May 3, 2023


This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.   As I travel the communities in our Taylorville and Clinton stations' service areas, I continue to hear a common theme that I'm concerned about.  That is the rancor and dissention that is heard in conversations on just about everything.

The COVID pandemic has taken an emotional and mental toll on all of us.  For months at a time, we were unable to have the one thing we as humans must have:  Face-to-face relationships with family, friends, and community.

This is having a devestating effect on those same 3 groups.   We aren't communicating like we did before the pandemic.  Friends and acquaintenances are turning on each other.

We as a country, as a state, and as a community can't operate this way.  It takes communication.  And, as I've said the past 3 years, it takes all of us meeting in the middle.

In my devotions recently, I came across a passage in Galatians 5 that seems fitting to share.  In it, Paul the Apostle wrote the following:

"You, my brothers, were called to be free.   But do not use your freedom to indulge your sinful nature; rather serve one another with love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other."  end of quote.

While Paul was writing about being spiritually free, these verses can be applied to our personal freedom we enjoy in the United States, as well.

Whether it's in Washington, Springfield, or the town you live in, we as Americans must meet in the middle to tackle the challenges we face in 2023.  For without compromise, as Paul wrote, "You will be destroyed by each other."

Good words to follow to live life in our faith with our families and friends.

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

Letter to the Editor: CRT, WOKE, AND CCS



Posted April 17, 2023


Dear Editor:


CRT and WOKE and CCS, oh my (repeat). Certainly reminds me of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (1939) chanting, Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my (repeat)! Something you hope never to be confronted with but here we are in America stuck with three scourges. Good and bad events occur in sets of three many times past and present. It is encouraging to hear on the radio TDN Editorials and then read TDN citizen responses about these three culture and media revolts. 


CRT; Critical Race Theory erupted in the mid 1980s and has clearly become the most racist-revolt since the Civil War in 1860s. It is the ongoing division of our Nation primarily by protesting and demonstrating against “inequality” but then ultimately claiming “equity” as the major take-away of never ending demand for more and more of what normal people live and work for! It is a small stretch to link this scourge with BLM or Black Lives Matter (2012) as a byproduct. A major investigation of the CRT revolt is found with Subotnik,Daniel (1998) "What’s Wrong with Critical Race Theory: Reopening the Case for Middle Class Values,"  The internet link is https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cjlpp/vol7/iss3/1/


WOKE or WOKE-ISM;  has actually been brewing since the middle of the 20th Century. Practically it is transformational indoctrination, paradigm shift or outright brainwashing, intended to control people politically and professionally. Culture shocking may define it as well. Changing vocabulary and the meaning of usual terms is a definite sign of any such radical movement to impress people about a supposed superior way of thinking and behavior. Re-imagining is such a key buzzword and clue. A couple thorough articles below will help us through another senseless scourge;

1-Wokeism Is a Cruel and Dangerous Cult, By Victor Davis Hanson, January 24, 2022

     Link; https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=13968

2-Why Wokeism Is Not Marxist And Why It Matters, By Alexander Riley, April m2023

    Link;  https://chroniclesmagazine.org/featured/why-wokeism-is-not-marxist/


CCS; Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS) and Pipeline Projects from the Dakotas to Illinois, a genuine Green-Dreamer idea to save planet Earth from Climate Change! For people who believe their ancestors live in zoos and evolved from apes, then controlling weather and climate became a mandate. Thanks to Charles Darwin who published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in 1859, the naturalistic-bible was born. No more supernatural but onward with anything deemed natural. Projects to extract (suck) Carbon Dioxide CO2 from Ethanol factory chimneys, produce the toxic chemical slurry with CO2 for pumping it through pipeline 1300 miles to sites along the way and eventfully into mile deep wells in genuine Illinois private properties and croplands. Cap the CO2 wells and abracadabra save Earth from CO2 extinction. Remember CO2 already exists in our Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Lithosphere normally! Two important resources below to realize and escape the CCS scourge from Illinois;

1-Coalition to Stop CO2 Pipelines Unsafe at ANY Price

   Link; https://noillinoisco2pipelines.org/

2-Heartland Greenway (Navigator CO? proposed CCUS)

   Link; https://d3o.151.myftpupload.com/?page_id=612


America can recover from these scourges through Citizens and Leaders who still believe in God and Country in that order. We must not abandon our inheritance from; “Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independance of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,” when thirty-nine of such leaders ratified the Constitution between the States! (US Constitution Article VII, Sept. 17, 1787)



Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531

Letter to the Editor: What's the Position of Taylorville School Board Candidates on CRT?



Posted March 29, 2023


Dear Editor:


Will S.B. Candidates scrap CRT, which teaches children to hate?  

What about encouraging a child’s  transgender worries, even to the point of arranging for students to have surgeries without informing parents?  Will they, as board members,  prevent teaching of explicit sex to kindergarteners and early grade school students?

Will the candidates vote to teach our true history, and not the 1619 crap that proclaims a group of enslaved Africans founded our country starting in  1619?

Will they stop scaring children that the world is doomed without government  climate control?  Do they agree a good education has a strong emphasis on reading, history, and technology?  And will these school board candidates pledge to make parents important partners in the education of their children?


Betty Harryman



Letter to the Editor on Taylorville School Board Elections



Posted March 28, 2023


Dear Editor:


I notice a few “Vote for Me” yard signs around posted by school board candidates. I ask you and hope that you will publish statements from the various candidates, new and those seeking reappointment, that explain their positions. 
We had a flurry of coverage when the new auditorium and gymnasium project was being considered but most of that discussion was about spending money. While the buildings are important, we also need to hear about what is being taught in our schools. Since our U.S. President has declared any citizen who voices an opinion at a school board meeting as a “terrorist” and becomes subject to examination by the FBI, we don’t hear much about the curriculum being taught.
Public news talks of teachers Grooming, that is convincing young students that they need to change their gender (and not allowing them to discuss it with their parents). There is a lot of discussion about teaching youngsters, first, second, third grade about sex. We hear of text books that if an adult had them, the adult would be arrested for possession of pornography. Some schools are teaching that the United States was started in 1619 by slaves and  whole populations have been abused for years. And then there is Critical Race Theory that drives a wedge between races and teaches hate.
I would like to see the candidates address these “modernizations of teaching” before we have to vote and your stations are the perfect venue for this discussion. It will be much easier to not elect someone than to fight with them for an entire term about things we don’t want our children exposed to.
And no, I don’t believe there is any reason the children, including high school, need to see a Drag Queen performance, especially in school.  Stick to the basics.
Dr. William Harryman



Station Editorial: Vote YES on Taylorville Park District Pool Referendum



Posted March 16, 2023


This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.   The Taylorville Park District Board will put on the April 4th ballot, a referendum to provide some 6-point-5 million dollars towards the construction of a new outdoor swimming pool facility for the Christian County seat.

Park District officials put together a Pool Committee consisting of Taylorville citizens.  That committee worked with an architect specializing in pools on a design concept that would best benefit Taylorville.  They then took that design and finance plan to the Board that approved the design.  A Pool Referendum Committee was then organized to help promote the design and proposed referendum. 

The Pool Referendum Committee is also hoping to raise one-point-5 million dollars locally, to go with the 6-point-5 million that would come from passage of the April 4th ballot initiative.

Park Board officials tell us that if the April 4th referendum passes and the one-point-5 million are raise locally, construction would be at the end of this swim season, with opening day being the start of the 2024 swim season next year.

The Manners Park Pool is one of those quality of life issues for Taylorville.  It's used by those young and old, with people of all abilities including children who learn the skills to safely and responsibly enjoy the water.

Bottom line for a homeowner inside the Taylorville Park District that owns a house assessed at 150-thousand dollars, is an increase of just over 100-dollars per year, and when you break it down, it's just under 9-dollars a month, or just over 2-dollars a week.

I'm voting YES on this Taylorville Park District Manners Park Pool project, and I hope those of you inside the Park District do, too.  

Whether to just swim, or making it part of their reason to move to Taylorville, the Manners Park Pool is truly an asset we need to keep.   The current pool is over 60 years old, and pool officials have gotten all the life they possibly could out of it.

Vote YES for the pool to benefit our town and area for generations to come.

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

Station Editorial: LOCAL Radio Still Helping Our LOCAL Economy Grow



Posted February 6, 2023


This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.   Today, all of us are bombarded with more information than we ever have, from more sources than ever before.

But, you know, there's still ONE LOCAL source for local news and sports, severe weather information, high school sports play by play, and community involvement.  And, that's LOCAL RADIO.

As radio celebrated it's 100th anniversary last year, it's continued its commitment to service in markets large and small.

Despite the additional choices all of us have to get our information, LOCAL RADIO is still delivering the LOCAL information you want, expect, and deserve.

And, in those 100 years, radio has also evolved to deliver its LOCAL content via a variety of platforms, whether they be AM, FM, streaming, live video streams, or podcasts. 

I've told many people over the years, that as long as WE in LOCAL RADIO continue creating the LOCAL CONTENT you want and expect, and deliver it in the many platforms we now have the opportunity to, you'll continue listening.

With the advent of the Internet, LOCAL RADIO is delivering that LOCAL CONTENT in streaming, live videos via Facebook and Youtube, and podcasts.  And, that LOCAL CONTENT is also being POSTED to read on our free, on-line daily newspaper in each of our 2 markets, Taylorville and Clinton.

Another benefit is that LOCAL ADVERTISERS can reach LOCAL shoppers with these multiple platforms our LOCAL CONTENT is being delivered on, continuing to grow our economy in Central Illinois.

We're proud of our many stations' decades of LOCAL service to the communities we serve, and are THANKFUL for our thousands of listeners to our on-air platforms on-air and on-line, as well as THOUSANDS of readers to our free, on-line daily newspapers.  

We're here to continue helping our local economies GROW!

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

Letter to the Editor on THS Procedure Selecting Musical Lead


Submitted January 14, 2023

Posted January 19, 2023


Dear Editor:


Our Granddaughter Olivia Garren is a 7th grader at T.J.H.S.  Like many junior high Students this week she was excited to have the opportunity to try out for the THS Spring Musical.

Tryouts were opened to both high school and jr. high school students with no caveats listed limiting roles. They were told they could try out for any role they wished.

Olivia tied out on Tuesday and was given a “call back” along with two other girls on Thursday regarding the role of Annie.

Yesterday at the High School Choir Room Kathy Fergin and Mr. Chase, directors of the play, announced to  a room full of students and adults the cast of the upcoming Spring Musical Annie.  Oliva was given the role of “Annie”.

Last evening a video as well as a list of the cast was also posted on Facebook.

This morning my daughter and son in law received a phone call from Kathy Fergin saying that she is being “forced” by Principal Matt Hutchison and Superintendent Chris Doughertry to remove Olivia from the lead ‘Annie’ role and give it to the understudy who is a high school student because she and her parents are not happy. Now let me also mention that said student’s father is a teacher at THS.

Why even bother to hire a play director and waste their time if the principal and superintendent 
want to cast the roles of the play.  How pathetic is it that a girl doesn’t get what SHE feels she deserves so we’ll just do it the ‘good old underhanded, good old boy backdoor way’!  

Why doesn’t Matt Hutchison and Chris Dougherty choose the team members for football, basketball, volleyball, track, baseball, soccer, and any other activities.  They could save the district a ton of money.

My point being IT IS NOT THEIR JOB TO STICK THEIR NOSES IN where disgruntled students and parents who can’t deal with not being chosen reside.

The principle and superintendent are educators. The duty of educators is to teach. What are they teaching with this decision. If you lose the game, just change the rules after the game is over. You educators get a grade of F-.

Skip and Marlane Miller


Editorial Potpourri Posted January 3, 2023

EDITORIAL POTPOURRI posted January 3, 2023

This is editorial potpourri, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.

Point number one:  Despite various legislators telling us over 5 years ago that Illinois Route 48 thru Macon, Christian and Montgomery Counties was part of the state’s 5-year road improvement plan to be re-paved, it hasn’t happened since telling us that 5 years ago.  It’s one of the roughest roads in the area for commuters, shoppers, and the general public to travel.  Here’s a public hint to our area legislators, that the road sure could use getting re-paved before another 5 years is up.

Point number 2:  We welcome new county board chairs across our 2 clusters’ coverage areas, and especially the new chairs in our stations’ home counties of DeWitt and Christian.  We hope with new leadership comes a new era of cooperation among county board members in their respective counties, to discuss the issues in a respectful manner with an outcome that’s positive for county residents, especially in the area of economic development.  

Point number 3:  Countless doctors and nurses we know thru-out Central Illinois, have shared that the demeanor of their patients during and since COVID, has been anger, demanding, and condescending.  While patients have long asked for understanding and emphathy from doctors and nurses, it’s time to remind those patients that health care is short-staffed and doing the best they can with the staff they have.   One of my daughters, who has been in the nursing profession some 15 years, tells me that during and since COVID, she has been yelled at and verbally abused by patients.  But!  So that hospitals will keep their high rating to continue receiving government payments, nursing staff are told to just take it.  Some nurses have even been told they can file charges against patients that physically abuse them.    Patients need an “attitude adjustment” and realize that a nurse isn’t going to answer their call button the second they hit it because they’re short-staffed.  Such abuse of nurses by patients is one reason thousands of nurses are leaving the profession in the first place.  So, next time you’re a patient in a hospital or doctor’s office, remember that courtesy and understanding is a 2-way street.

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

Letter to the Editor on City of Taylorville Audit


Posted December 12, 2022


Dear Editor,


A meeting of the City of Taylorville Finance Committee was held on Monday evening November 7th prior to the Regular City Council meeting.  The only item on the agenda was the Review of Audit Report.  This is an annual report presented to the Mayor and Aldermen completed by an independent accounting firm.  This report is presented to the City leaders providing information on how the City is doing financially. 


As indicated in the minutes of this meeting available on the City’s web page the auditors recommended two findings: 

•             An adequate segregation of incompatible duties does not exist *REPEAT FINDING”

•             Pooled Cash general ledger accounts were not timely reconciled to the monthly bank statements nor were they reviewed by a second person outside the Treasurer’s Office


Other recommendations/areas of serious concern for strengthening internal controls were identified in the minutes of this meeting:

•             Incorrect filing of City, Police and Fire Pension Form 941 forms an dpayments to IRS; penalties were incurred

•             Social Security Administration has not received 2021 Forms W-2 and W-3; will incur penalties for each employee

•             Lack of repayments between pooled cash account and other accounts

•             Voluntary Insurance payable general ledger accounts do not reconcile as of April 30, 2022

•             IMRF 1,000 hour participation limit has no documentation for Council Members claiming IMRF

               (the auditor stated that the current resolution provides a 1,000 hour participation requirement.  It was stated that none of those participating have submitted any documentation or timesheets.)

•             No documentation for furloughed employees paid unemployment through IDES;  includes many fraudulent claims that must be investigated

•             Safe Passage grant does not include full reimbursement of costs;  amended reports should be submitted

•             Water Fund should be reconciled for years prior to 2022 and corrections made


It is stated in the minutes of this meeting that many of these items are time sensitive and must be rectified prior to the end of the calendar year, so as not to affect current year W-2’s for employees.  All recommendations must be addressed and rectified expediently.


Why was this information not provided to the public through local broadcast or print media?  This audit is paid for and provided annually to inform both the elected leaders of our community as well as the taxpaying residents who reside within in the City on how the City is doing financially.  Transparency and accountability is needed at all levels of government.  The minutes to this meeting can be found on the City’s web page www.taylorville.net. 


Martin Vota

Taylorville, IL 62568


Letter to The Editor: Taylorville Mayor Remembering December 1st, 2018

Today marks the 4-year anniversary of the December 1st, 2018 EF-3 tornado which ravaged our community. 


A special thank you to Missions For Taylorville who undertook the monumental task of trying to rebuild our community. You have done an awesome job. 


The City has received much needed financial support from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in a check for $500,000. Thank you to Deputy Governor Manar and Governor Pritzker for this help. 


As we move forward, I am optimistic with the revitalization of downtown. A special thank you to DowntownTaylorville.org and Small Town Taylorville. Taylorville will be looking better than ever before. 


On December 1st, I ask that at 5:15 p.m. everyone in our community observe a moment of silence and a special thank you to our former Fire Chief Mike Crews for having our community prepared. 


Together we remain Taylorville Strong!


Mayor Bruce Barry

Letter to the Editor on America's Almost Forgotten Holy Day


Posted November 20, 2022


Dear Editor:


Thank God for freedom of speech and press. It became a great American institution in
December 1791! Those founding fathers called it the First Amendment to our Constructional
Republic because they recognized a Biblical pattern of nations who acknowledged their Creator.
If you cannot trust that legacy where do you look for a better one? Some call America a grand
experiment probably to satisfy the sciences which abound in a free nation. Like most nations in
history there comes confusion and rebellion. Many no longer exist. We can do without repeating
that history out of ignorance or conquest.

This writer has lived long enough to see such patterns and their consequences. The “rancor and
division in our country” stated in your editorial are such consequences. Listening to so much
balderdash from the news media, not only do they claim it but promote it. News and history
should be clues to a future worth living. Those pioneers of 1620 truly applied their convictions
and established a colony of grateful people on the east coast. In 1621 those who survived their
first year in a new country celebrated. We know it as Thanksgiving and is among the Holydays
celebrated in America. Yes, it is Holyday in place of Holiday; an actual USA Federal day of
observation. A review of President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of October
03, 1789 should suffice. Dare we not forget.

Americans will celebrate again on November 24 a very honorable feast called Thanksgiving, in
spite of the commercialism and competing distractions of media. Families will make the effort to
meet together and enjoy great times and meals. Is once a year enough for citizens in a free nation
to Thank God for another year of life and opportunity? Probably not but it continues as a great
tradition. Even though we have not visited all 50 States it is amazing to live here with the
opportunities taken for granted.


Back in the 1990s as we drove across the plains I finally
recognized “for amber waves of grain” from a memorable song. The winds were literally waving
the grain fields around in the open plains. Thanks to Katherine Lee Bates who was overwhelmed
and inspired in the Rocky Mountains in the summer of 1893 and subsequently (1913) produced
“America the Beautiful” and another permanent memory among so many available in America.
Let’s keep it that way!



Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531

Letter to the Editor from Newly Re-Elected Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp


Posted November 14, 2022


Dear Editor:


I would like to thank the voters of Christian County for their support.


I am very humbled to be re-elected to another 4-year term as Sheriff of Christian County. The election was a result of all the great work done by the employees of the Sheriff's Office. From the deputies, who do an excellent job of protecting and serving the public.


To the dispatchers, who receive all the emergency calls in a calm and professional matter. To the correctional officers, who oversee individuals who are incarcerated awaiting trial. To the court security officers, who protect everyone at the court house.


To the clerical staff members, who handle all the civil process paper work that needs to be served. It is an honor to work with such great employees, and I look forward to continue serving the wonderful citizens of Christian County.


Bruce Kettelkamp


Christian County


Station Editorial: Being Thankful


Posted November 5, 2022


This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, it's the holiday season...the season of thanks for our many blessings and for the birth of Jesus Christ.  

Despite another year of rancor and division in our country, we still live in the greatest country in the world, where we can do and say just about anything as long as we follow the rule of law.  Not many countries have the freedoms we do and many times we don't stop and think about it.

Time marches on for us all.  I thank God for my faith, my family, and for the extended family I have in every one of you, our listeners.  

I'll be celebrating 50 years in the radio business I love, in 2023.  

I've been blessed to have been part of the Taylorville-Shelbyville-Pana communities with our Taylorville cluster of stations the past 30 years, and 15 years in our Clinton-Monticello-Lincoln markets.

Our 2 legacy stations this year celebrated anniversaries, too.  WTIM in Taylorville threw a party in May with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce to honor that station's 70th anniversary, and WHOW in Clinton is celebrating 75 years of service with a fun evening as well.

While all of us have challenges every day, it's important to stop, reflect, and be thankful for all that God has given each of us.

May you and your family have a most blessed holiday season, and may the love we share this time of year extend into the new year ahead.

Quoting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem "The Harvest Moon":  
"It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!" 

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

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker


Posted November 5, 2022


Dear Editor:


Thank you for exposing more of the reckless actions of the Illinois General Assembly (IGA) and our wonderful Governor J.B.Pritzker. Since 2000 the security of ballot Elections has been at risk but our first Selected president succeeded in November 2020. It will continue as long as the diabolical wave ebbs and tides wash away American history and legacy. Illinois has a similar legacy and needs to retreat from immorality, socialism and taxation out of control. Unfortunately the Illinois Constitution is under assault again. Look carefully at the second long sentence of text in proposed IL Constitutional amendment:


(ILCON Art. I, Sec. 25 new) SECTION 25. WORKERS’ RIGHTS (a) Employees shall have the fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours, and working conditions, and to protect their economic welfare and safety at work. No law shall be passed that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively over their wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment and work place safety, including any law or ordinance that prohibits the execution or application of agreements between employers and labor organizations that represent employees requiring membership in an organization as a condition of employment.


Organized labor and unions have their place but this is a major power plot IF the Amendment is passed. The Right to Work Law is targeted as well and could be eliminated or overridden. Non union jobs might become obsolete. More citizens and companies will migrate out of Illinois.


And education is reaching the limits of unbound behavior, from the sand pile until college indebtedness (K-12)! Remember when ‘conduct’ was a measure of responsibility and even morality. Well our wonderful Governor J.B Pritzker & IGA have been busy passing laws to re-imagine what and why children are taught in schools. Adolescent children became targets in the 1960s but Kindergarten and elementary children are the contemporary harvest.


American culture has rejected a moral compass, especially from a Biblical standard. The Book of Leviticus especially Chapter 18 clearly describes how immoral our culture has become. You may be surprised how accurate and overboard ‘conduct’ is now. Compare that with some reviews of JB’s obsessions from just a few websites

(some radical ABCs);

A https://hlerk.com/governor-signs-two-bills-updating-sex-education-standards-for-k-12-schools/

B https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/pritzker-signs-bill-requiring-illinois-schools-teach-lgbt-history

C https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-money-behind-the-transgender-movement/

D https://www.dailywire.com/news/illinois-gov-pritzker-billionaire-family-at-forefront-of-radical-gender-ideology-push-report

E https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/billionaire-family-pushing-synthetic-sex-identities-ssi-pritzkers


Voting on Tuesday November 08, 2022 is vitally important to the future of Illinois.


Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531


Station Editorial: We're Being Played As Suckers


Posted November 1, 2022


This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, the mid-term election is just days away, and while the statewide office campaign rhretoric is flying, Illinois Democrats have already stacked the deck in their favor long before Election Day.

According to some lobbyists I know in the State House, the General Assembly passed 2 bills basically assuring Democrats continued control of state government.  The first was a bill mailing ballots to all who voted Democratic in the 2020 general election.  But, my sources say just Democratic voters received the mail in ballots.

Secondly, you and I are the recipients of a classic con job.  We have some of the highest property and income taxes in the country.  So, to make us feel good about voting for the controlling party, the General Assembly in kahoots with Governor Pritzker, voted to mail out state rebate checks just ahead of the general election.  My wife and I got ours on Halloween October 31st, 9 days before the election.  How convenient.

Any Republican running for statewide office, and most Republicans running for state rep or state senate districts, don’t have a chance at being elected, except if they were granted the privilege of staying in office by the Democrats when they re-drew the maps back in 2020.

It’s all about control.  It’s a shell game.  And, we’re being played as suckers by the Democrats running state government.

Will my wife and I cash that state rebate check?  Sure.  It’s my money.  But, I’d rather they NOT take my money to begin with, than to tax me to death and then give just a pittence of it back to me.  That’s what I call an insult.

Illinois residents are moving by the thousands to states that tax less and their state governments are more transparent.  Sadly, that transparency ain’t happenin’ here anytime soon.

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

Letter to the Editor in Response to Station Editorial: What's Old Is New Again


Posted October 7, 2022


Dear Editor:


This is a response to Mr. Miller's recent Editorial on "What's Old Is New Again".

Music can produce memories of our past and present living.  Mr. Miller’s editorial ‘What’s Old is New Again’ struck a chord with me (pun intended). I remember music and songs as a boy on my parents’ radio and phonograph console and television. We listened and watched their music like Perry Como, Jimmy Dean, Dean Martin, Henry Mancini, Kate Smith, Lawrence Welk and others. As a teenager my favorite records were on a personal sound system at home and an eight track system in my Camaro. My Wife and I continue to listen to favorites on CDs and DVDs. 

Music has always reminded me of events and times past even when we raised our two sons and learned to appreciate some of their music.  Music and songs are very entertaining and enjoyable.  However they can either reflect our culture or modify it. 


In addition to displacing some modern music there is a rash of old songs re-imagined as theme music for current pharmaceutical commercials on television.  That is clever but not very original advertising. Maybe the linkage between the 60s drug culture and the pharmacology industry is more than a coincidence.  

Look at the influence of some music and songs in America. Rock music became a major vehicle of change. The Beatles craze of the sixties ventured from romance to drugs to Eastern Mysticism. George Harrison introduced the Krishna cult and clearly defined it with ‘My Sweet Lord’ in the 1970 album ‘All Things Must Pass’. 


Some songs have very provoking lyrics and themes such as Don Henley’s ‘Dirty Laundry’ in 1982.  He very clearly lamented the arrogance and unemotional manner of media reporters. Many still can report a disaster or tragedy in one breath and the latest stock market in the next breath. We witness this very typically with the Covid Pandemonium reports.


Another spectacle of music came from Thomas Dolby also in 1982, “She Blinded Me with Science”.  This is almost a total parody except that American culture is very blinded and brainwashed with abundant “science” as the ultimate source of truth. The recent major hurricanes Fiona and Ian are clear victims of assumed climate change science and explanations! 

So “The Beat Goes On” according to Sonny & Cher from 1967 and it truly does. An advantage of older music is the clarity of lyrics and theme.  Since the 60s the noisier and weirder productions prevailed until the market dried up or songs were irrelevant.


Some songs are practical and borderline prophetic such as Denis Zager and Rick Evans in the summer of 1969 “In the Year 2525” but we have not waited until 8510 to unravel who we are.  And there is another song we used to hear on the radio since the 1950s. It originated in the 1920s hymnal Spirituals Triumphant but a young British singer Laurie London recorded  "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in 1958.  When was the last time we heard that hymn on Sunday Mornings?


Well Sir, older music makes more sense and tranquility.

Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531

Letter to the Editor: Conversations from the Campaign Trail

Letter to the Editor

Posted September 26, 2022


Dear Editor:


During my first experience as a politician canvassing the new 107th district I was amazed at what voters would discuss with a random stranger knocking on their door.  These conversations sometimes went up to an hour.  What started as a quest for signatures became an informal survey of the minds of the voters.

“I’m not a registered voter or my boyfriend.  I don’t follow politics, but I can say the gas price is high.”  
“What about the guy down the street with the tall grass?  What can you do about that?”  
“Look at all of the potholes.”

There were complaints about putting carbon underground in Taylorville, which was characterized as Chicago politicians trying to turn Central Illinois into a waste disposal area.

One local character jokingly suggested waving the local ordinance for public urination to help save money on water.  

One person hurriedly signed before anyone else in the house found out.  This wasn’t the only household I encountered with different political views within the family.

One couple went into a conversation about the lack of rights of fathers in custody battles and how the state government fails the children of divorce where the mother has issues.

“Are you a Trump fan?”  With some, the conversation did not continue beyond this question. 


Although, usually, the first question was, “Are you a Republican or Democrat?”  My answer that I had lost faith in both parties almost always resulted in agreement.  Even loyal Party supporters from both sides had complaints about their respective parties or candidates.  Many on both sides were willing to sign the third-party petition.

The most interesting manifestation of our current politics was a small court with a house displaying cutout Biden and Obama statues in the window right next to a house with Trump signs including one with a “Brandon” phrase. 

I generally avoided houses with “No Solicitor” signs.  Those houses with people out front, however, ended up signing the petition after agreeing that both political parties have been a disappointment.  In two cases, I did not see the sign, but they were just as friendly and signed.  Evidently, politicians are not as awful as solicitors, so maybe there is hope.

The most serious conversations I had involved COVID.  One person lost both parents, one directly and one indirectly.  This person described how the hospital policies were mandated by the federal government and that they could not be changed despite extremely low success rate.  This person discussed how the hospital maximized revenue when the treatment outcome was death.  

This person had no say in the treatment of their parents.  Other treatments like vitamins and anti-viral drugs violated the official COVID medical protocol laid out by the federal government.  This person’s other parent died when cancer checkup visits were cancelled during COVID.  By the time the other parent was able to see the doctor, the cancer was too advanced to treat.  It was a powerful story and was the first time I had heard about a person who had died from COVID.  

The treatment protocol from the COVID death story was validated weeks later when I talked to a healthcare provider who described the same adherence to a failed treatment protocol and the ban on alternative drugs.  Based on the timelines and other details, it was clear that these stories were independent of each other.   My takeaway from these stories was that many COVID deaths were avoidable. 

One lengthy conversation was over the plight of fathers trying to win custody of their children.  The Father’s Rights Movement is something I had heard of, but it takes on more significance when you hear a family’s story firsthand.

“Do you support the right to bear arms?”  This question and similar Second Amendment questions made up what was probably the most common political issue that I was asked.  The sentiment did not change after the Uvalde, Texas shooting.


The talk of mental health and armed security for schools became the first part of the conversation, but the overall belief was that owning guns is a Constitutional right.  The large revenue that Illinois gets from the FOID card was another popular topic.  

I talked to many people belonging to unions.  Some wanted to hear about my thoughts about right-to-work laws.  Ironically, most were not strong Democrats.  They talked about the bad actors within their unions, both the underperformers in the ranks and the union leadership that, in their opinion, was not representing their best interest. 


One complained about how non-Illinois companies can bypass our state laws regarding unions.  One person complained about how some of their members, after supporting taxes and pensions, left Illinois to retire in low-tax Tennessee.

“Are you pro-life?  Are you a Christian?”  Some wouldn’t sign without intensive discussions of these topics.  The most personal, private conversations I had were with these religious voters.  One person suggested that Christians were more likely to be honest, a quantity that many I visited thought was rare in politicians.  One person went into great detail about reversible vasectomies and reversible tube tying as ways to avoid abortions.  I didn’t even know that these procedures were now reversible before knocking on their door.   

“What is the CEO program?”  I didn’t know but looked it up.  High school students come to school an hour early.  It teaches entrepreneurship.  Very selective.  The voter told me that the hope was that kids would graduate from this program and ultimately come back to Central Illinois to improve the local community.

Many signed just to support anyone willing to run for office.

Many state workers and the spouses of local politicians did not sign my petition, which I supported since they should avoid partisan politics, including third parties.  

“I don’t know who you are.”  This is probably the biggest obstacle to third-party candidates, as only the candidates themselves can answer that question.  And with a larger signature requirement within the same limited time period, it is no wonder that we are left with only two choices. 

What started out as a quest to collect signatures turned out to be a unique peak into the minds of the voters in Central Illinois.  There were complaints of the failure of the government to do the job it is supposed to do.  There was support for many conservative policies even by self-identified Democrats.  Many not only talked about the issues but even presented solutions. 


In a small way, I hope this article gives these folks an opportunity to have their voices be heard and to influence our local politicians.  


John Hauge

Third-Party Candidate, 107th State Rep District

Mount Zion





Statoin Editorial: What's Old is New Again


Posted September 9, 2022


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

What's old is new again.  That's the subject of an article on "theringer.com" headlined "Is Old Music Killing New Music?"  The sub-headline says that the power of nostalgia in pop culture is bringing old music back again.

The article by Ted Gioia goes on to say that the song of the summer was Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" from 1985, launched by the most-watched global TV show of the summer "Stranger Things" which pays homage to the 1980's.

And, the writer says the biggest movie hit of the summer, "Top Gun:  Maverick" is a sequel to the 1986 film.  That was 36 years ago!

He adds that the 5 biggest movies of the year were all sequels as well.  

The writer of the ringer.com article says consumption of new music is down while the growth is in what's called "catalog music," or older songs.

He adds Wall Street is paying attention.  Investment groups are buying rights to old music catalogs dating back to the 70's or even further back than that.  Why?  Because that's what people are BUYING and listening to!

The writer points out it's the first time in one thousand years that people are investing in OLD songs, saying that consumption of older music went from 67 to 73 percent from last year to this.

While as the song goes, "the times they are a changin'", the global population is waxing nostalgic for memories of simpler times when people actually got along.

I suspect Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, George Harrison, Andy Gibb, Tom Petty and thousands more singers that are in Rock and Roll Heaven, are having a celebration concert in heaven over the fact their music is "new" again.

Makes me feel good to play these and mamy other artists form the last over 40 years, on our Miller Media Group music stations.

Because, right now, in the times we're living in, what's old is new again, and that's a good thing.

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

Letter to the Editor: Is the Construction of "Affordable Homes" Beneficial in Taylorville?


Posted August 19, 2022


Dear Editor:


Each day, I drive down Elm Street, coming to town. Behind the VFW a subdivision of "affordable homes" is being built. Each day, I have a myriad of questions, some of which may have been answered at a much earlier time. Who is building this subdivision? Are they a local builder? Are they using local union help? Who owns the subdivision, or who will end up with the ownership of the facility.


I'm presuming it will be Christian County Housing Authority. Will the homes be used for Christian County people, or will our people put on a list with others from anywhere else? Will there be property taxes paid on the property? Will the units all be rental, or might a family buy their house and property? Who is financing the enterprise?


Governmental spokespeople say that by 2030 we, as individuals, won't own anything and will be happy about it. Twenty-Thirty isn't very far away. I'd worry about overloading our school system, ( a topic for a subsequent series of questions) but the accompanying group of houses seem to all be rented to older folk without young, school-age kids.


I won't ask about all the rumors flying around about the development. If true, not much of what I asked above will be the same. Thanks for your help, 


Willliam R. Harryman

Taylorville, IL

Letter to the Editor: Deflation vs. Inflation


Posted August 9, 2022


Dear Editor:


Deflation vs. Inflation is radical economics, capitalism and marketing out of control Sir. We are witnessing the results of ignoring our Nation’s Founding. History does not repeat itself; we repeat it out of arrogance or ignorance. Two more powerful reasons are driving this ongoing unbridled democracy but some points of history will help.


Number One began in July 1776 and if more Americans regarded the Declaration of Independence they would see how adrift we are.  Count the number of grievances in that document and ask how many more need to be repeated until we return to a subdued country of citizens, overruled and stranded with more liability by a decaying government. 

Number Two is the blind science of the ridiculous ‘green agenda’ or climate patrol.  Genuine science would sift data and consequences of any new project, especially one as reckless as actual climate control!  Making it a global issue only amplifies the arrogance of a government or governments contriving to fix planet Earth from human intervention. How obvious must it be after viewing the October 2021 United Nations Development Programme’s “Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign and video, featuring Frankie the Dinosaur lecturing people!

Blind science or more appealing pseudoscience is brainwashing citizens into the gibberish of climate change, global warming or human causation for fluctuating temperatures around our planet. That giant bright ball in the sky (sun) is the primary cause of heat! The secondary cause is water vapor, the major actual so called green house gas. However legislating climate change is the ultimate arrogant cash cow in America. It has been brewing since the middle of the 20th Century and on August 07, 2022 the U.S. Senate voted to pass H.R. 5376, or the Inflation Reduction Act!


Yes, it goes well beyond inflation economics to climate control. Get ready to be fleeced out of more of your financial income from this stupendous spending bonanza.

H.R 5376 is a genuine sample of blind science which was demonstrated in 1982 by Thomas Dolby’s one hit wonder ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. While science is a wonderful tool it has not achieved the status of infallibility.  The New Green Deal is another glaring example of wasted revenue, governance and manufacturing intended to demolish the successful coal and petroleum industries; very reminiscent of the Rotary Engine of the 1960s.


The unique simple internal combustion engine was expected to revolutionize the automobile industry and replace the piston engine in America. It has its place in industry but not the revolution. That is the direction ‘climate control’ will take us much more recklessly.


What a contrast to the final line of our Declaration “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531

Station Editorial: Guess Who Caused INFLATION?

EDITORIAL written 8/6/22.  


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

The word INFLATION is one we hear practically every day in the news.
And, of course, both political parties are blaming each other for it.

Truth is, no matter where you go or what you buy, you're feeling its effects.

I want to delve into the WHY we have the inflation rate at plus or minus 10 percent over the past year.  

It's simple economics, capitalism, and the marketplace.

Reason # 1 of 2:  When BOTH parties pass legislation borrowing or printing over 2-trillion, that's trillion with a "T", dollars to pass out claiming the country needed it in 2021 despite signs the economy was doing OK, that's going to cause inflation, and a lot of it.

Reason # 2 of 2:  When politicians shut off the domestic oil spigot because the majority party is realizing that, instead of having 4 years to pass their green agenda they now have less than 3 months, they've got to stop anything that will increase the domestic oil supply, and more, begin ramping down anything that burns fossil fuel.  The problem is, when you shut down increased production of fossil fuels, that still power homes, businesses and factories, you can't ramp up the green agenda to generate power fast enough.  Wind and solar aren't being built quick enough to replace the fossil fuels the majority party are shutting down.  

That's why one of my transmitter site power bills last month went from $1200 to over $3100.  OUCH.

Well, there you have it. Simple economics, capitalism, and the marketplace.  And when politicians tamper with it, it turns it into a MESS, and is hitting OUR pocketbooks and will continue to do so for quite a while.

When the marketplace is LEFT alone WITHOUT any tampering by government, it works pretty well.  

When government—whether it's federal or state—DOES tamper with it, you and I will be paying MORE for our energy, goods and services, for a LONG time.

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

Letter to the Editor Responding to Station Editorial


Posted July 16, 2022


Dear Editor:


Perhaps my response to your ‘Meet in the Middle’ editorial from June 26 may help.  Apparently the issue is two very hot potatoes; my favorite.  They are two truly controversial issues and complete opposites; one to destroy life and the other to defend life.  How much more modern American can it be? 

Now in my seventh decade it is easier to look back and wonder what has happened to the America my Wife and I grew up in. History has become a major lost ingredient in our Nation second only to respect. History was not my favorite subject in school but has become a vulnerable link to reality.  I knew something was wrong when ‘Don’t Bees’ were struck from the TV series Romper Room.  In high school I wondered why the ‘dress code’ was banished. Living through my teen-years was easy for me because respect for parents and government was still intact but wavering.

The 1960s revolution from morality and responsibility was a real temptation for us who still believe we were Created by an actual Creator, instead of believing their ancestors live in zoos! When God and Country were marginalized and/or rejected, a new reality was bound to replace it. When something as obvious as childbirth to mother and father is redefined, then the family is re-imagined too.  

History records two people who were not delivered through their mother’s womb and we knew them as Adam and Eve but they have been ignored too. Abortion is clearly terminal to an unborn child and usually premeditated!  How is that not murder?  Obviously murder does not always require a gun.  It became another ‘industry’ subsided and legalized, called abortion. 

When my father advised me to respect the man with badge and the gun, it was clear to me as a teenager to respect the police. It is still good advice.  I always knew guns were designed to cause injury and/or death. When America’s Constitution was developed it included ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms’; a provision for citizens to defend their life from mayhem and murder.  Gun control becomes a problem when the one pulling the trigger no longer respects his fellow kind.  

So meeting in the middle will be extremely difficult in our present degenerate culture. My fear is also more division and controversy especially for Americans who doubt that our nation was in part by ‘Divine Intervention’!

Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531

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