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Letters

Letter to the Editor from Lake Land College President

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 30, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

In Lake Land College’s recently published Trend Analysis report, research indicates financial insecurity is a major concern for many community college students and can often impede their ability to complete their higher education goals.

A national survey conducted early in the pandemic showed four in 10 community college students were affected by food insecurity and 11% experienced homelessness. Local data collected prior to the pandemic supports this national trend. A fall 2019 survey conducted with 557 students by Lake Land’s PTK Chapter revealed that 74% of respondents reported experiencing financial struggles in their day-to-day life to pay for basic needs such as gas, food and bills, and 73% of respondents reported having to work at least 11 or more hours per week.. Nearly 50% of all community college students participating in a national survey reported that a lack of finances was an issue that could cause them to withdraw from college.

It could be easy for us as a community to look the other way; however, the impact of this data extends beyond the Lake Land College campus.

When our Lake Land College students who are living paycheck to paycheck have a financial incident–a trip to the emergency room, a car breaking down, an unexpected bill–it can be a breaking point in their educational journey.

At Lake Land College, we have several mechanisms in place to assist students, such as the Laker Food Pantry and an Emergency Assistance Fund established by a generous Lake Land College Foundation donor. However, that only helps the students who ask. How many of our students do not turn to us for help?

Why is this an important topic for us to consider as a community? The educational attainment of a community can be linked to economic success. In a recently published study, the authors found a significant positive correlation between educational attainment and strong economic growth, indicating just a 1% increase in the number of people earning a bachelor’s degree can have a positive impact on the economy.

The 2021 Illinois Community College Board Economic Impact study supports this report, showing students who graduate with a Lake Land College associate degree will have far more earning power over their career, on average earning $550,000 more than someone not attending college.

While the Lake Land College district population is on par for residents having earned an associate degree, we lag far behind in the number of residents with a bachelor’s degree. Only about 17.8% of the residents in the Lake Land College district have earned a bachelor’s degree, nearly 50% less than the statistic for all Illinois residents at 34.7%, according to the Trend Analysis report.

Lake Land College is a great value for those seeking to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree or those seeking a credential, certificate or associate’s degree for an immediate career. And, we are fortunate in the Lake Land College district to have many businesses, educational institutions and organizations working together to develop innovative opportunities to grow our region’s economy. The high-level view is optimistic, however I question what that view may look like for someone with financial insecurity seeking to advance through higher education? Does that person have the financial resources, adequate support and personal flexibility to advance theirself through education?  I look forward to continuing this important work together to help more students reach their goals, move the needle on our district’s educational attainment and boost our overall regional economy.

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Josh Bullock, President

Lake Land College

Mattoon, IL   61938

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Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU from Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 24, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted a new fundraiser in October – a Glow Golf event at Lakeshore Golf Course. We are pleased to report the event was a success, and that is thanks to our generous sponsors, volunteers and participants. 


Proceeds from the event benefit our local hospital. Specifically, the auxiliary is fundraising to support the Taylorville Memorial Foundation’s medical technology fund. The money raised at the glow golf event will help us purchase upgrades to laboratory equipment.


In addition to the 60 people who participated in our glow golf event, we want to thank our sponsors: Carpenters Local 270, Credit Collection Partners Inc., McDonald’s Taylorville, Barb Westrick-Appleton, Tom and Kathy Fergin, CNB Bank & Trust, Martha Zimmerman, Senior Citizens of Christian County, Dr. Pavi and Amy Gill, Clavin Dairy Farms Inc., Dr. Richard and Mary Kay DelValle, First National Bank of Taylorville, Kerri Austwick-Edward Jones, Jim and Jane Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Treuthart, Susan Pearce, Kathy Morgan and Pepsi. We also thank Louise Noren, Donna Castelli, Kathy Morgan, Becky Morrow, Debbie Johnson, Jan Vaughan, Kathy Mansfield, Janell Foor, Shay Broux, Misty Fry, Carla Mickey and Kerri Austwick for their help at the event.

 

Last, but not least, a special thanks to Jason Boldig and his staff at Lakeshore Golf Course. 


The auxiliary could not operate without the help of our community. We are grateful for all who support our local hospital through the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.


Debbie Johnson
Volunteer Coordinator and Auxiliary Liaison at Taylorville Memorial Hospital

 

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Station Editorial: We Are Thankful

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 24, 2021

 

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

Well, we made it to the holiday season.  What a year....again.  In looking back at 2021, we are thankful for so many things...our faith, our family, our friends, and our business.

And, while the world and our country are both hopefully coming out of the pandamic, let's hope and pray that the rancor and noise we've heard from both sides of the political spectrum, subsides into realizing that no matter what the issue, as I've been saying the past nearly 2 years, the answer is still in the middle.

We are grateful to all of you, for the honor of serving our communities with local information and entertainment on all our platforms—whether they be AM, FM, or digitally.

As we begin 2022, we thank God for the privilege of serving the Taylorville, Pana, and Shelbyville areas for going-on 30 years.

And, we also begin our 15th year of serving the Clinton, Monticello, and Lincoln areas.

It's been a challenging year for everyone, no matter what your profession or business.  We've gotten thru 2021 and the 2 years of the pandemic, together, encouraging each other, helping each other, and hopefully have learned a lot.

On behalf of my wife Cathy, and our great staffs in Taylorville and Clinton, have a joyous and blessed holiday season and remember the Reason for the Season.  Jesus came to earth so we can have life everlasting by accepting His Love.   May we share that Love to each other and our communities this holiday season, and as we enter 2022.

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

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Station Editorial: Why Is Everyone So Rude Right Now?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted October 30, 2021

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.
An October 15th on-line article from Time magazine is headlined "Why Everyone is So Rude Right Now."  Quoting some portions of the article, it says that September was a bad month for manners. On the 21st, a woman pulled a gun on servers at a Philadelphia fast food restaurant when they asked her to order online. On the 16th, several women from Texas pummeled a hostess at a New York City family-style restaurant.  A California woman was charged with felony assault for attacking a SouthWest airlines flight attendant and dislodging some of her teeth.
The Time article continues that it’s the people-have-lost-their-everloving-minds incidents that make the news, but they are also a reflection of a deeper trend; Americans appear to have forgotten their niceties, especially with those whose job it is to assist them. Lawyers are reporting ruder clients. Restaurants are reporting ruder clients. Flight attendants, for whom rude clients are no novelty, are reporting mayhem.
The Time article continues that some people may have thought that, having been prevented from mingling with other humans for a period, folks would greet the return of social activity with hugs, revelry and fellowship. But in many ways, say psychologists, the long separation has made social interactions more fraught. 
The October 15th Time article says this is an atmosphere which can ruffle even normally very calm people, or in which very slight infractions can set off those with less of a handle on their emotions, and that people feel almost entitled to be rude to people who are not in a position of power.
The Time article goes on to say if the rash of bad behavior is not just short-term impatience with the unique situation and actually a symbol of something much deeper, then unwinding it will be more difficult.  Psychologists suggest that people slow down, breathe out more slowly and lower their voices when encountering difficult social situations or irate people so as not to make any situation worse. “All of anger management,” says the Time article, “involves pausing.”
That's our opinion, we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial: It Takes Volunteers to Make Local Events Happen

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

I'm recording this editorial at the 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, which took place October 2nd and 3rd on the Taylorville square.  Despite off and on rain October 2nd, hundreds of people came for 2 days of arts and crafts vendors, a great Kidzone for children, and International Chilli Society sanctioned chilli cookoffs with cooks from 8 states participating.

Another great event attracted thousands of people to another community our radio group serves.  September 25th and 26th saw a record number of people come to Clinton for the annual Apple and Pork Festival.

Both events were extensively covered by our group's radio stations in each community.

In this editorial, I want to recognize the hundreds of volunteers that made each event happen.

In the case of the Clinton Apple and Pork Festival, it's been over 50 years of folks stepping up and creating, then doing the work to make the Festival happen.  It's been a fund-raiser for the C-H Moore Homestead, but more important than that, it continues to be an important source of revenue for the many non-profits that man booths on the Museum grounds, and even more important, an economic driver that attracts thousands to Clinton.

In the case of the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, it also was created by a couple of people in 1986 that wanted a replacement for the long-time Soybean Festival on the Taylorville square.  The Chamber took the challenge, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers over the years, has continued for some 36 years including October 2nd and 3rd.  It also attracts people from all over Central Illinois and this year, chilli cooks from 8 different states.

We salute all the volunteers that make both events, and many others across both of our clusters' coverage areas, happen each year.  It's the work of those volunteers that help attract people to our communities to enjoy our hometowns and all they have to offer.

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

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Letter to the Editor on Recently Passed Illinois Clean Energy Bill

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 17, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

Illinois legislators just voted to turn out the lights in Illinois 

Last week, we were called back to Springfield to vote on an energy deal that fell apart on the Senate floor last spring because some of the most  powerful special interests in the state - from ComEd to the Green New Deal Lobby - were in conflict. 

Last week was the same story. Only this time, the state’s powerful special interests negotiated a deal that made them all happy. Good news for the political class. Bad news for ratepayers, local municipalities, business owners and workers  -  the people who weren’t in the room.  

How bad is it? Remember the 1995 “pension ramp” that ended up accelerating the state’s fiscal crisis and running up the highest pension liability in the nation? Well, the new energy bill is “1995 Pension Ramp” on steroids.

Over the next nine years, the energy bill will dismantle nearly 35% of our electrical generation capacity and at the same time force ratepayers to spend over $5 billion on wind and solar projects that currently make up 10% of our electrical power generation after decades of taxpayer support.

The bill is a virtue-signaling experiment that will fail, but not before major rate increases for businesses and residents. Business groups, who understand how important affordable and reliable energy is, have said this bill will be the largest rate hike in the history of our state. Neither the bill sponsors nor Governor Pritzker knows the total cost of the bill.  Ask them. They can’t tell you. What they can tell you is that Exelon will receive $700 million over five years, wind and solar companies will receive over $550 million per year indefinitely, and billions more will be spent on other green initiatives.  

Environmentalists won’t admit that this legislation is actually more destructive than doing nothing. The legislation mandates that Prairie State Energy -  the cleanest coal fired plant in America, which powers over 2.5 million homes - must close. This legislation was passed with no strategy or thought about the feasibility of powering a modern economy without clean coal technology. Illinois will have no choice in the future but to import electricity generated by burning coal from surrounding states. Wind and solar cannot provide the reliable power necessary to run our Illinois economy, the fifth largest in the US.

And in a twist of hypocrisy, the greenies agreed to let older state-run coal plants continue to operate.

What else happened behind those closed doors? Remember Exelon? Our political leaders handed Exelon everything they asked for and more: more subsidies on top of the subsidies they are still receiving from the 2016 bailout that gave them $2.4 billion over 10 years.  AND they just got those same “leaders” to shut down their competition for baseload energy supply by shutting down coal and natural gas generators.  Exelon will eventually have monopoly power in the supply of energy in this state. 

So what did you get - besides a steadily increasing electric bill? 

Well, if you own a Tesla and live in the right part of the state, you might qualify for a $4,000 tax credit.  If you live in Downers Grove you can get the credit.  If you live in Dekalb or Decatur, forget it. Contact your state legislator to see if you qualify.  And what if you can’t afford a $40,000 electric vehicle? Well, then you just get to foot the bill for this and billions of dollars more of unnecessary spending. 

 

Signed,

State Representatives Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) and Chris Miller (R-Oakland). 

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Letter to the Editor from 80 Illinois School Superintendents on Local Control of Schools

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 14, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

 

The state’s mandates regarding masks and vaccinations are merely the headlines and excuses of the moment in an incremental dismantling of local control in public education – and other arenas -- that began decades ago, with the pace only picking up since.

Indeed, the latest top-down decisions from the governor and Illinois State Board of Education – and at times we’ve seen this at the federal level, as well – are just a continuation of the pattern of higher officials substituting their judgments for those of local school boards. That has included matters of curriculum, testing, student dress codes, accommodations, discipline, athletics, school lunch offerings, etc. “Unfunded mandates” – directives without the dollars to implement them -- have been a local rallying cry for as long as many of us can remember.

It is fair to ask: What is the point of electing local school boards at all?

We would grant that public safety is of the utmost importance – we want to protect our kids, employees and ourselves, too -- and that people of good intention may differ on the approaches to this pandemic and how best to protect the short- and long-term health and interests of our students. What we would not concede is that we must abandon our principles as a nation in order to preserve and protect the nation and its citizens. Among those principles is the rule of law.

Since March 2020, Gov. Pritzker has issued more than 80 executive orders regarding COVID-19 that have carried the force of law. The actual lawmaking branch of government – the Illinois General Assembly -- has been missing in action.

Lest anyone think our stance here is political, whether it’s a Republican governor of Florida or a Democratic governor of Illinois making these unilateral calls, it is clear that this has become a bipartisan affliction. The aims may be different but the behavior is the same, and worthy of objection in either case.

Indeed, it is impossible to believe that governing by executive order is what this nation’s Founders had in mind when they were forming our nation. Not only have school boards been made irrelevant, but evidently legislatures have been, too. This is not what we teach our students in regards to how our republic is supposed to work. We may not always agree with the legislative outcome, but at least our time-tested processes have been respected.

Meanwhile, federal and state law are abundantly clear as to where the authority lies in regards to public education: “Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children,” while other public and even private jurisdictions “have the primary responsibility for supporting that parental role.”

Gov. Pritzker himself once subscribed to that view. As recently as July, he stated that “families should be involved in making decisions for their own families. And, school districts and school boards will make decisions for the schools within their districts.”

Evidently, the Governor and ISBE really don’t believe this.

Meanwhile, those of us who took the governor at his word are now dismissed and derided as an extreme minority, the enemies of science and compassion.

First, too many of our state leaders mistake compliance with agreement and consent. More of us than they apparently wish to admit have serious misgivings about how decisions are being made in Springfield.

As for the science, it – or at least the communication of it from the CDC and others – has been inconsistent, at best. Finally, who’s really being punitive here – and to schoolchildren, not adults – when the consequences of not falling in line are to make high school diplomas worthless, or deny funding, or prevent students from participating in athletics? It is precisely because we do care about our young people that we are sparing them these threatened punishments.

In short, may Springfield forgive those of us who have come to view it as less a partner than an adversary in the education of our children.

To say this is a challenging and unprecedented time understates it, but the zig-zag nature of
decision-making out of Springfield has made it far more difficult to manage our classrooms, our schools, and our districts, creating unnecessary conflict in our communities. None of that serves our students – our reason for being – well.

It’s not just about the pandemic. It’s about all of the decisions that have been taken out of local hands by those who are all too distant from the resulting fallout. Enough is enough. Absolutely, it is the principle of the thing. Please, restore local control and accountability to our communities and those of us who know them best.

Respectfully,

Taylorville CUSD#3 Dr. Chris Dougherty, Superintendent and Board of Education

Morton CUSD# 709 Dr. Jeff Hill, Superintendent and Board of Education

Central Community High School District #71 Dr. Dustin Foutch, Superintendent and Board of Education

El Paso Gridley CUSD #11 Mr. Brian Kurz, Superintendent

Odell CCSD #435 Mr. MarkA. Hettmansberger, Superintendent and Board of Education

Meridian CUSD #101 Mr. Jonathan D. Green, Superintendent

Regional Office of Education #11 Dr. Kyle Thompson, Regional Superintendent

Midwest Central CUSD 191 Dr. Todd Hellrigel, Superintendent and Board of Education

Trico Community Unit District #176 Mr. Larry D. Lovel, Superintendent

Carlyle CUSD #1 Ms.Annie Gray, Superintendent and Board of Education

CentralA&M Dr. DeAnn Heck, Superintendent and Board of Education

Mt. Zion CUSD #3 Dr. Travis R. Roundcount, Superintendent and Board of Education

Damiansville ESD #62 Mr. Dustin E. Nail, Superintendent and Board of Education

Pana CUSD #8 Mr. Jason Bauer, Superintendent

Shelbyville CUSD #4 Mr. Shane Schuricht, Superintendent and Board Members:Abbie Ballard, Jake Hankins, Gary Hayden, Ellen Trainor and Scott West

Red Bud CUSD #132 Mr. Jonathan Tallman, Superintendent and Board of Education

Gardner South Wilmington High School #73 Mr. Josh DeLong, Superintendent and Board of Education.

South Central School District #401 Mr. Kerry Herdes, Superintendent and Board of Education

Paris CUSD #4 Ms.Danette Young, Superintendent and Board of Education

Braceville Elementary School #75 Mr. Josh DeLong, Superintendent and Board of Education

Nokomis CUSD #22 Dr. Scott E. Doerr, Superintendent and the following Board members: Mr. Chad Ruppert, Board President, Mr. Carl Kettelkamp, Board Members, and Mr. Denny Bauman, Board Secretary.

Clifton Central CUSD # 4 Ms. Tonya Evans, Superintendent and Board of Education

Havana CUSD #126 Mr. R. Mathew Plater, Superintendent and Board of Education

Eureka CUSD #140 Mr. Robert Bardwel, Superintendent Board of Education

Freeburg Community High School District #77 Mr. Gregory Frerking, Superintendent

Woodlawn USD #209 Mr. Eric Helbig, Superintendent and Board of Education

Windsor CUSD #1 Mr. Erik Van Hoveln, Superintendent and Windsor CUSD #1 Board of Education

Cowden-Herrick CUSD #3AMr. Seth Schuler, Superintendent and Board of Education

Bartelso SD #57 Mr. Tom Siegle, Superintendent

St. Libory CSD #30 Dr. Thomas Rude, Superintendent

Mt. Pulaski CUSD #23 Mr. FredrickALamkey, Superintendent and Board of Education

Ridgeview CUSD #19 Mr. Erik Young, Superintendent and Board of Education

Flanagan-Cornell District #74 Mr. Jerry Farris, Superintendent and Board of Education

New Berlin CUSD #16 Ms. Jill Larson, Superintendent and Board of Education

North Clay #25 Mr. Travis Wyatt, Superintendent and Board of Education

Benton Consolidated High School District #103 Mr. Benjamin Johnson, Superintendent

Marshall CUSD #C-2 Mr. Kevin Ross, Superintendent

Red Hill CUSD #10 Mr. Jakie Walker, Superintendent and Board of Education

Community Unit School District #4 Mr. Scott D. Riddle, Superintendent and Board of Education

Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 Dr.Adam Ehrman, Superintendent

Vandalia C.U.S.D. #203Dr. Jennifer Garrison, Superintendent and Board President Joe Lawson

Tremont CUSD #702 Mr. Sean Berry and Board of Education

Roanoke-Benson CUSD #60 Mr. Thomas Welsh, Superintendent and Board of Education

ROE 21 Ms. Lorie LeQuatte, Regional Superintendent

Iuka Grade School CCSD #7 Mr. SamAlli and Board of Education

Oakwood CUSD#76 Mr. Larry Maynard, Superintendent Central City School #133 Mr. Tim Branon, Superintendent

Farmington Central CUSD #265 Dr. Zac Chatterton, Superintendent

Field Community CUSD #3 Mr. Wayne Stone, Superintendent

LeRoy CUSD#2 Mr. Gary Tipsord, Superintendent and Board of Education

Payson CUSD#1 Dr. Donna Veile and Board of Education: Lisa Schwartz, Vinson Sill, Chanse Barker, Clint Twaddle, Danelle Donley, and DeniseAlbsmeyer

Benton CCSD #47 Mr. Steve Smith, Superintendent

Neoga CUSD #3 Mr. Bill Fritcher, Superintendent

St. Elmo CUSD #202 Ms. Julie Healy, Superintendent and Board of Education

Okaw Valley CUSD #302 Mr. Kent Stauder, Superintendent and Board of Education

Mount Vernon Township High School #201 Ms. MelanieAndrews, Superintendent and Matthew Flanigan, Board President

Ramsey CUSD #204 Ms. Melissa Ritter, Superintendent and Board of Education.

Teutopolis CUSD #50 Mr. Matthew Sturgeon, Superintendent

Sullivan CUSD #300 Mr. Ted Walk, Superintendent

Bluford USD #318 Dr. Shane Gordon, Superintendent

Mulberry Grove CUSD #1 Mr. Robert Koontz and Board of Education

Effingham CUSD #40 Mr. Mark E. Doan, Superintendent

Anna-Jonesboro CHSD #81 Mr. Rob Wright, Superintendent

Anna CCSD #37 Dr. Julie Bullard, Superintendent and Board of Education

Beecher City CUSD #20 Mr. Philip Lark, Superintendent and Board of Education

ROE #13 Mr. Matt Renaud, Superintendent

Damiansville ESD #62 Mr. Dustin E. Nail, Superintendent and Board of Education

Freeburg Community Consolidated District #70 Dr. Melanie Brink and Board of Education

Hutsonville CUSD #1 Ms. Julie Kraemer, Superintendent and Board of Education

Altamont CUSD #10 Mrs. CaseyAdam, Superintendent

Gifford CCSD #188 Dr. Jay P. Smith, Superintendent

Salem Community High School #600 Dr. Brad Detering, Superintendent

Brownstown CUSD #201 Mr. Mike Shackelford, Superintendent and Board of Education

Prairie du Rocher CUSD #134 Mr. Rob Pipher, Superintendent

Calhoun CUSD #40 Ms.Andrea Lee, Superintendent

Delavan CUSD #703 Dr.Andrew Brooks, Superintendent

Scott-Morgan CUSD #2 Dr. Kevin Blankenship, Superintendent and Board of Education

Winchester CUSD #1 Dr. Kevin Blankenship and Board of Education

DeLand-Weldon CUSD #57 Ms.Amanda Geary, Superintendent and Board of Education

Spring Garden CCSD #178 Ms. Tammy Beckham, Superintendent

Chester CUSD #139 Mr. Brian Pasero, Superintendent

Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD #3 Mr. Matthew J. Vollman, Superintendent

Clinton CUSD 15 Mr. Curt Nettles, Superintendent

Cumberland CUSD #77 Mr. Todd Butler, Superintendent

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Station Editorial: Who Do We Believe?

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted September 6, 2021

 

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

In the past year and a half since we’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve heard more and more people ask this one question:  Who are we to believe?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle give their spin on what we should or shouldn’t do as Americans.  The national news media, in most cases, have a liberal bias so they’re giving opinion not facts.  Even the Center for Disease Control and state health agencies, have been politicized and told what to say or not to say, to fit that party’s messaging at the time.

This editorial has 2 points.

Point # 1, and it’s one we’ve been saying in this space for the past year a half:  As with anything in life, the answer is in the middle.  Instead of listening to the noise from one party or the other, one viewpoint or the other, the answer is a variety of viewpoints that translate into truth.  The COVID-19 virus is very, very real.  It’s dangerous.  And, it can kill you, no matter what your age.  That’s why the answers are choices:  Get the vaccine, mask up, socially distance, and wash your hands.  BUT!  Continue living your life.  

Point # 2 is:  Be very careful about believing everything either side says regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As I’ve said for the past year and half, when a politician, no matter what the party, gets control of anything---especially the way we live our lives—it’s very difficult for them to give it back.  Life is about choices.  It’s up to us to make them, not any politician telling us what’s best for us. And, remember, we can make choices next year thru the ballot box.

As I told my daughters growing up, life is about choices.   The important thing to do, is making the right ones.

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

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Station Editorial: Politicians Just Mess Things Up

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 29, 2021

 


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

 

It seems that politicians, no matter what political party, many times just mess things up.  Here are 3 cases to prove my point.

 

Case # 1:  The way the United States pulled out of Afghanastan.  Now, I’m not a military expert, but common sense tells me that when you’re in a country half a world away, you don’t tell the enemy when you’re going to pull your troops out of a country, and you especially don’t pull out the troops BEFORE you get American citizens and Afghans who helped us, out of the country. The Taliban has proven that they are not nice people, and the consequences of the bungled withdrawal for those not airlifted out, are going to be dire.

 

Case # 2:  The way the COVID-19 pandemic has been handled.  While you can criticize the way the vaccine approval process was sped up, they were still thoroughly tested before released to the public.  But, the way both Republicans and Democrats have sold us on getting whatever vaccine you desire, hasn’t been enough to convince the majority of Americans to get the shot.  Instead, many have framed the discussion as overreach by the federal government, telling us what to do, instead of allowing us to make the choice ourselves.

 

It IS a choice.  My wife and I CHOSE to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Sadly, I’ve experienced the outcome of NOT getting the vaccine first hand, when my sister-in-law passed away from COVID on August 21st.  The way she died wasn’t pretty, gasping for her last breath.  It’s YOUR choice.

 

Case # 3:  Illinois lawmakers claimed they HAD to re-draw the state senatorial and state representative maps this spring, BEFORE the 2020 Census data came out.   BUT!  Those same Illinois lawmakers ARE waiting on that 2020 Census data before re-drawing the U-S Congressional maps..  

 

All 3 cases I cited, don’t give me a lot of faith in politicians right now.

 

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

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Station Editorial: The Governor Didn't Have to Pile On

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 23, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The August 4th executive order signed by Illinois governor J-B Pritzker mandating that students attending school in grades kindergarten thru the 12th grade this school year, set off a firestorm of emotion and reaction statewide.

 

Parents of students filled the meeting rooms of local school boards across the state, demanding that the state policy be reversed by the local board.

 

Unfortunately, the Governor and the Illinois State School Superintendent made it very clear, that any school district that failed to follow the executive order, would risk state funding as well as not being able to participate in I-H-S-A sports.

 

There are 2 problems with this approach.  First, what the Governor did was nothing more than send an edict down from on high sounding like a dictator rather than a Governor.  Not that downstate was going to vote for him anyway, but it is getting closer and closer to the November 2022 election.

 

The second, and this is the one I have the biggest problem with, is the position the Governor has placed local school boards and their superintendents, who are helpless in the situation other than being a lighting rod for angry parents that need an outlet to express their opinion.  Many local school boards in our Taylorville and Clinton service areas, were faced with lots of upset people who wanted action, but couldn't get it unless that school board wanted state funding and the ability to play competitive sports, to go away.

 

As I've indicated before, we're a country of choices, and all of us have choices to make every day.   A student wearing a mask in school, is a decision that needs to be made by the local school board and local parents, not by a Governor's executive order.

 

Such approach doesn't do anyone any good.  People's mental health have already been stretched to the limit as a result of this pandemic the last year and a half.  Governor Pritzker didn't have to pile on.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor about Recent Taylorville City Council Meeting

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 5, 2021

 

Dear Editor:

After review of the City ordinance 3858 which was approved August 20, 2018 I feel that the Mayor overstepped his authority.  Section 3-2-4-J of the City Code addresses the use of the Utility Tax monies that are placed into the so called “Ward 5” Common Maintenance Fund.  “All monies to be expended from the Common Street Maintenance Fund for any proposed project from time to time must first be presented, debated and voted on at a Street and Sewer Committee meeting. If such vote results in a positive recommendation, then such proposed project and proposed expenditure of funds from the Common Street Maintenance Fund shall be presented to the City Council for consideration and vote.” 

 

It appears that this procedure was not followed.  Rather than take this issue back to the Committee level for discussion it was placed on the City Council agenda for approval to use the Common Fund rather than use Ward 1 funds. 

 

Merrium-Webster shows the definition of the word “Ordinance” is as follows:   “a law set forth by a governmental authority - specifically : a municipal regulation”.  In this case it appears that the “law” has been broken.  Compare this action to one who runs a stop sign.  You will reprimanded for breaking a law if you are caught. 

 

After review of the City Code, the action taken by the City Council regarding the issue should be considered null and void as proper procedure was not carried out. To further complicate the situation, why is the project being bid after the fact? 

 

Thank you to Aldermen Driskell, Skultety, Bryant and Dorchinecz for standing up for the people of Taylorville by voting against this use of the Common Street Maintenance Funds.  This fund was set up to assist ALL WARDS with any unforeseen expenses. The reason for the ordinance wording is to protect the funds from being used for nonessential needs.

 

Martin Vota

Taylorville, IL

 

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Station Editorial: Feeling Good About Our Country

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 31, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.  A couple of items I’ve heard or seen recently, both gave me a good feeling about our children and our country.  I’d like to share both with you.

 

First, I’ve heard many stories from our Miller Media Group announcing staff who covered the many 4-H and County Fairs thru-out July.  These stories all had one telling thread, that 4-H’ers who needed assistance with their animals as they prepared them for the show ring, were given that assistance by other 4-H’ers.  Whether it was offering a brush, or doing something to help their fellow 4-H’er get their animal ready to show, the  camaraderie was enough to cause University of Illinois Extension 4-H officials that organized the Fairs, to comment to us, as well as that same feedback coming from our staff announcers who broadcast live interviews with these 4-H’ers.  

 

Secondly, in my travels across our Taylorville and Clinton market areas, I’ve noticed more and more American flags being displayed at homes, businesses, and even in many villages and towns, not just during the 4th of July holiday, but they’ve stayed up and are still on display.  It encouraged me enough to do the same at our home.

 

Both of these “feel good” stories, give me hope and confidence about the future generation of youth, as well as our country in general.  No matter whether you’re liberal or conservative, left or right, no matter what color your skin is or your beliefs, we all are still Americans, living in the free-est country in the world.  

Our freedom was bought and paid for, by the sacrifices of the millions of service men and women that fought, and many cases, died, so that we enjoy the freedoms we have.

 

The freedom to fly the Stars and Stripes.  The freedom to show animals at a 4-H Fair.  And, the freedom for youngsters to help each other because they care.

 

Makes me feel good about the country I live in, and our future.  I hope you do, too. 

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

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Station Editorial: Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 13, 2021

 

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

There's a motto I learned as a child:  Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me.

You may remember in my editorials last year during the COVID pandemic, that I stated when politicians take more power or control, whether they're Democrats or Republicans, it's difficult for them to let go.

Here we are weeks away from school starting, fall coming, and the time of year we begin to see flu cases go up.

Only, in this case, the Delta COVID variant is rearing its ugly head.

I would remind any politician that hears or reads this editorial, that many people perceived that you took too much control last year in the midst of the pandemic, shutting down the economy, costing millions of jobs, not to mention shutting down the government that is supposed to serve all of us.

If any of these politicians think we have short memories, I hope they think again.

The electorate has a very unique and democratic way of expressing their approval or disapproval of their elected officials.  It's called the ballot box, and the 2022 elections aren't that far away, despite attempts in Illinois to postpone the Illinois primary to June because they claim they're waiting on Census data.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  

Remember who has the ultimate control of our lives.  We do.  We live in a free country, last I knew, and we can make our own decisions, good or bad, in how we live our lives.

Unless politicians who want to keep control, think otherwise.

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

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Station Editorial: It Doesn't Cost A Thing To Be Kind

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 5, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Remarks I heard from my Pastor, Adam Lewis at the First Church of the Nazarene in Decatur, had some talking points that I thought I'd share with you.

 

It's about kindness.

 

Some of the best things, don't cost a thing.

 

It costs you NOTHING to be a kind person.

 

We get used to many of the things that AREN'T kind, like being mean or angry, or other things like apathy or not being loving.

 

Pastor Lewis pointed out that we've gotten used to apathy, people putting others down to make themselves feel better, belittling others, or being mean.

 

I think the coronavirus pandemic we've all experienced the last year and a half, has made this worse.

 

Even before the state entered Phase 5 to return to normal, I've heard countless stories of fist fights at professional baseball games, and nationally, fights at N-B-A games as well as people belittling basketball and baseball players.

 

I know we've all been cooped up and feel like we're being let out of solitary confinement, but in his remarks, Pastor Lewis reminds us that we are to clothe ourselves with kindness.  Give an unexpected compliment.  Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru.  Let someone cut in front of you in line.  Give cookies to the mail carrier.  Stop in and say thank you to your local fire station firefighters.  Say hi to your neighbors.  Write a letter of encouragement.

 

As God says, His kindness and grace is enough for us.  We can't exhibit enough kindness or grace to others on this earth.  

 

It costs NOTHING to be a kind person.  Try it out.  It'll encourage others, and may just make you feel good!

 

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

 

 

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Station Editorial on May 7th Jobs Report

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 13, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The May 7th U-S employment report showing only 266-thousand jobs were filled in April in the country, is a great example of "cause and effect."

 

The Wall Street Journal in its May 7th story, said and I'm quoting:  "These numbers are consistent with the story many business leaders are telling, of severe labor shortages — that demand has surged back but employers cannot find enough workers to fulfill it, at least not at the wages they are accustomed to paying." end of quote.

 

The article continues, and I quote:  "Many employers and conservatives argue that the expanded federal unemployment benefits have been too generous as they were extended as part of the recent pandemic rescue aid package and are scheduled to expire in September." end of quote.

 

Several states have announced they will end the 300-dollar per week unemployment benefit supplement being added to state unemployment benefits.   Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, South Carolina, Iowa, and Missouri will end the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefits for their residents. 

 

And, the U-S Chamber of Commerce asked the Biden Administration to immediately end the 300-dollar weekly unemployment benefit supplement.

 

The May 7th jobs report is not what the Biden Administration or the ecoonomy needed.  The Wall Street Journal says the economy is still short some 8-point-2 million jobs from its pre-pandemic level.

 

Many local employers I've visited with, especially in the food and hospitality industry, have shared with me that their employees have told them they won't come back until the $300 per week supplemental benefits end, because they're making more money staying at home than if they would work.

 

This does not have a happy ending for anyone....local businesses struggling to get back to normal following a devestating 2020, factories trying to fill an avalanche of orders as consumers are spending again, and most importantly, the economy of our local communities trying to get to normal.

 

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

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Station Editorial: Watch Out for Slow Moving Farm Vehicles During Planting Season

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 25, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  As we've been saying in this space for several weeks, it's finally spring.  Not only does that mean the birds singing and the trees budding, but also means that Central Illinois farmers are on the roads getting to and from their fields to plant the 2021 corn and soybean crop.

 

With agriculture being the number one industry in the counties we serve, it's important that we remember that farmers not only grow food for us in the United States, but for mouths that need fed around the world.

 

We are grateful for the farm families that labor to till, plant, and nuture a crop that literally feeds the world.

 

And, remember, anytime you put gasoline in your tank, in most cases at least 10 percent of what you pump is ethanol that comes from corn grown right here in Central Illinois.  It's another way for us to support our farmers.

 

For those of you that burn diesel fuel in your big rigs and larger vehicles, also remember what you pump includes biodiesel made from soybean oil.  Those soybeans are grown right here in Central Illinois.

 

Planting season also means that large tractors, tilling and planting equipment, will be moving on our state and county highways and township roads.  Please be respectful of them and remember they display those "slow moving vehicle"emblems for a reason.

 

Our radio group joins county Illinois Farm Bureaus in asking you to "See a tractor and slow down" this spring.  That will help both you and the farmer driving that equipment, safe on our roads, and also help both you and the farmer grow this year's crop from some of the most productive farmland in the world!

 

County Farm Bureau's will be posting signs and banners along roadways with the same "See a tractor and slow down" reminder.  We hope you'll follow their advice.

 

For the sake of our farmers.

 

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

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Station Editorial On Getting the COVID Vaccine

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 6, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, it's spring...the birds are singing, the buds are popping on the trees, the tractors are in the field preparing the seed bed for planting...it's an encouraging time of year.  It feels good.  Warmer weather.  Happier faces.  Upbeat attitudes.

 

What a difference a year makes!  

 

Only this year, we have happier faces and upbeat attitudes for one more reason:  There's light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel with 3 different vaccines available for pretty much all adults that want it.

 

I've had my first Pfizer shot, and will get my second.  The older you are, or those with health problems, the more you need it.

 

I've heard some talk from a few people that say "I've decided NOT to get it."  

 

Before you make that decision a hard and fast one, think about your family.  Your friends.  Those you go to work or church with.  Think about all these people BEFORE thinking about yourself.

 

Don't be one of those that could, God forbid, get the disease.  No matter what you're age, it isn't pretty.  It affect everyone in different ways.

 

I'm almost 66 years old.  My wife and I both decided we were better off to get it, than not to get it.  I want to still be around for my 4 grandchildren, 2 of which are a LONG way from their high school graduation.

 

So, before you say "I'm NOT getting the vaccine", think about your family, your friends, those you are around every day.  Think about THEM before thinking of yourself.

 

Then, make the RIGHT decision.  Get the shot.  Protect yourself and know that you're doing something good for all of us.

 

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

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Station Editorial on 2 Christian County Referendum Issues April 6

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted March 22, 2021

 

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

 

I want to share my views on a couple of referendum questions that will be on the Christian County election ballot on April 6th.

 

One of those questions is asking Taylorville School District voters, to change the way they elect school board members.  Right now, no more than 3 members can be elected from one township, thus ensuring that rural residents of the district have a say in school board decisions. 

 

The ballot proposition is to ask Taylorville School District voters to allow school board members to be elected at-large, with no regard to what township they're from.

 

We oppose this ballot initiative as we believe it takes away rural residents' say in school board decisions.  Taylorville Township has the most voters in the district, and it's very possible that, if this ballot question passes, future Taylorville School Boards could be made up of strictly Taylorville Township residents.

 

We join the Christian County Farm Bureau in opposing this ballot initiative.

 

Another ballot referendum asks Christian County voters to increase the county sales tax by one-percent, to fund repairs to the aging correctional center.  As Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp has said on our air many times, the Christian County Jail, built in 1975, is literally crumbling and is in lack of repair.  Kettlekamp wants this one-percent public safety tax, to go to fix the jail.

 

We lay the blame for the deplorable condition of the Christian County Jail, squarely on the Christian County Boards over the 46 years the building has been in existence.  Those boards failed to keep the jail properly maintained, and even now, the board has not shown leadership in fixing the many problems the Sheriff has pointed out on our air.

 

The 9-1-1 dispatch center, for example, that dispatches sheriff's deputies, police and fire departments for a multi-county area, has a tarp on top of their computers so they don't short circuit and go down completely.  This is inexcusable.

 

We sympathize with Sheriff Kettlekamp and the conditions he, his staff and inmates have to endure, but rather than increasing Christian County's sales tax, we prefer the county get aggressive in pursuing federal and state grants to do the major overhaul necessary to get the jail to acceptable standards.   Every increase in the county sales tax, is an excuse for shoppers to go elsewhere to buy their goods.

 

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

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is Still In the Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 7, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I'm about 2/3rd's the way thru a 2018 book by author Doris Kearns Goodwin called "Leadership in Turbulent Times", which describes in great detail how 4 of our country's greatest presidents--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson--took the country thru various challenges our country went thru.  

 

Goodwin describes Lincoln as providing Transformational Leadership, Theodore Roosevelt providing Crisis Leadership, F-D-R providing Turnaround Leadership, and L-B-J providing Visionary Leadership.

 

The most striking thing about all 4, is that they all assembled people from all points of view and all political parties at the time, to help thru country thru what it was going thru at that time.  There was disagreement, but all 4 leaders listened to all sides, discussed the pros and cons of all sides, negotiated with all sides, and developed a consensus that all sides supported.  There was no demonizing one side or the other.  All points of view were listened to, and everyone was involved in arriving at a consensus.

 

Fast forward to the last decade or so.  Whether in Washington or Springfield, politicians have demonized the other side--whether it's left or right--making the atmosphere to come to a consensus on anything nearly impossible.  

Our country's founders over 200 years ago, set our democracy up with all sides' point of views considered to reach a consensus.  

 

As my hair turns from gray to white, I've seen in my 6 plus decades on this earth, the political pendelum swing from left and right of center.  But in the last decade or so, it's swung hard left, then hard right, then hard left again, when the country still is basically to the left or right of the center, or as I call it, the middle.

 

The answer is still in the middle, whether we were in a Civil War, the industrial revolution, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, or a coronavirus outbreak.

 

The answer is still in the middle.  Politicians need to show more statesmenship and the ability to bring all sides, no matter which side w'ere talking about, to the table.  Only then will our democracy work the way the Founding Fathers created it.

 

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

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Station Editorial On Launch Of New, All-Sports Radio Station and New Fishing and Hunting Show by Miller Media Group

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 22, 2021

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I'm departing from my usual rants about state government, to share some positive, exciting news with you.

 

First, our radio group had a baby on January First!  Yes, we launched our first all-sports radio station on the air and on line, that can be heard in both our Taylorville and Clinton markets.  It's called THE WINNER and heard in Christian County at 96-point-5 FM, and on-line in our Clinton market and everywhere else, at THEWINNER965.COM.  

 

This 24 hour a day all-sports radio station features national sportstalk from the Sports Map Radio Network, as its primary network.  But, THE WINNER also is airing play by play of Chicago Bulls Basketball, and a full schedule of Big Ten Basketball from the Compass Media Networks.  THE WINNER will also broadcast ALL the games of the Big Ten Tournament in March.

 

THE WINNER 96-5 and THEWINNER965.COM has also signed an agreement to broadcast EVERY game of the Chicago Bears next fall, and we're in discussions with one of the Midwest's Major League Baseball teams to carry all of their games.

 

Local programing on THE WINNER 96-5 and THEWINNER965.COM comes to you every Wednesday afternoon from one til 3, when our Miller Media Group sports announcers talk about high school, collegiate, and professional sports on a show we call "THE SPORTS GUYS."

 

We hope you'll listen this our new all-sports radio station, either on the air at 96-point-5 FM in Christian County, or in Clinton and everywhere else on-line at THEWINNER965.COM!

 

Second, we're proud of our local farm broadcaster and Clinton station manager Jared White, who is the creator and producer of a weekly hour-long show on fishing and hunting called "Central Illinois Outdoors".  This show focuses on fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation, & conservation in central Illinois, primarily on the Clinton Lake and Lake Shelbyville areas. 

 

The show will feature up-to-date weekly fishing information on local lakes from professional guides, include "Celebrity Sportsman" and "Catch of the Week" segments as well.  It can be heard on 3 of our stations every weekend.

 

As we enter 2021, we are excited about the launch of our new all-sports radio station and our new fishing and hunting show.  Give'em a listen and let me know what you think.  Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

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Station Editorial: Hold Onto Your Pocketbooks

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted December 30, 2020

 

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

 

Well, as we welcome a new year, it's time for our politicians to again get into our pockets for more of you and I's money, otherwise known as taxes.  

 

But, hey, it's Illinois, so should we expect anything less!

 

The General Assembly passed changes in the state's sales tax, to make on-line companies like Amazon, charge Illinois State Sales Tax on purchases made by consumers in Illinois.  Politicians claimed that was to try and level the playing field between the on-line stores and brick and mortar, mom and pop businesses.

 

But, hid behind those changes in the state's sales tax, is a complex and goobly-goop maze which are actually 4 different tax charges in Illinois:

 

There's the Retailers’ occupation tax that applies to tangible personal property;
The Service occupation tax that applies to services;
The Service use tax that applies to services; and 
The Use tax that applies to tangible personal property.

 

A local auctioneer I visited with just before the end of 2020, informed me that the changes in the "Retailer's Occupation Tax" starting January First, means that every item you buy at an auction, is now TAXED, even though whoever bought that item when it was NEW, had ALREADY PAID Illinois State Sales Tax on it.  That means that item is being taxed TWICE.

 

With legislators and the Governor continuing to spend money like it's water, and with the state's revenues plummetting due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's a safe bet that they'll be rolling out more taxes to make up what will be a billion dollar deficit in the state budget in 2021.

 

And we wonder why more people continue to LEAVE Illinois, than are moving in.

 

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

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Station Editorial: We Made It thru 2020

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted December 4, 2020

 

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

 

As we celebrate the birth of Christ and get ready to usher in a New Year, normally we reflect on the year we're leaving, reviewing the successes and failures we've had whether in our faith, family, or business.

 

But, this year, quite frankly, I'm just thankful that I still have all 3.  It's been a trying year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the stress it's caused all of us.  I've learned to pray more, try to spend more time with my family more when it makes sense, and worked to make sure we continue to serve our listeners and advertisers while keeping our employees in all 3 of our buildings safe.

 

I gotta tell ya, it's worn me out, and from visiting with countless listeners and advertisers thru-out this year, I know I'm not alone.

 

But, for a few moments, let's reflect on the greatest gift we've ever been given...the birth of Jesus Christ.  He came to Earth so that we have the choice of living for Him to get thru this thing we call life, as well as be with Him in Heaven when, in my case, I sign off for good.

 

The wonderful Christmas music we're playing in each market, attracts me to the story of Christ's birth from Matthew Chapter One, where an angel of the Lord speaks to Joseph.  Quoting the Scripture:  

 

What is conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

 

From my wife Cathy, our daughters and grand-daughters, and our employees and families at our stations in Taylorville, Shelbyville, and Clinton, may your family have a wonderful holiday season remembering that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

 

And, may your 2021 be full of health, happiness, and prosperity...and may the coronavirus finally be gone!

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: Businesses Being Threatened

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 25, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

I just want to put this out there for any business being threatened by ANY official.

If you feel your civil rights have been violated, you may contact the DOJ CRIMINAL CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION and file a criminal complaint against those individuals. If proven, this is punishable by fine and or imprisonment.

 

We live in the U.S.A. NOT the U.S.S.R.! When we let people shred the constitution over one reason, no matter the justification, you open the door for them to do it elsewhere. No one is saying the virus isn't real. I personally know people who got sick and even died. In my opinion though, there's much more going on than just the virus.

 

As far as Christian County; I was told the Sheriff and States attorney will not enforce the governors "mandates". I believe we need to take common sense precautions like cough or sneeze into your arm not your hands or openly, wash your hands frequently, wash or use sanitizer when touching surfaces out in public like credit card key pads etc... 

 

One thing we do not need is to give our freedoms away so easily. People have fought, bleed and died for us to have them. Let's honor them by following the constitution and use a wise and sound approach to our problems.

 

Thank you,

Ray E. Koonce

Christian County Board Member Dist. #3

Taylorville,IL. 62568

                                                                                     

 

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Station Editorial: We Have Much To Be Thankful This Thanksgiving Season

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 11, 2020

 

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

 

In the midst of what has been one of the most challenging years all of us have experienced, it's time to reflect during this Thanksgiving season, on all the many blessings God has given us.

 

He has given us life itself.  If you don't believe that, just look at the beautiful scene we call Nature.  Even skeptics have to admit that only some type of Higher Power, could create something as magnificent as the sunrises, the trees and their beautiful colors of fall, the sunsets, the oceans, the creatures, as well as man and woman.

 

In the United States, he has given us freedom.  Many times we don't realize how blessed we are.  Just listen to the news stories about other counties that DON'T have the freedom we enjoy.

 

And, despite all the challenges we've faced this year, He has blessed us with each other.  We're here to love, encourage and support each other, in good times and bad.

 

During this Thanksgiving season, we thank God for all of these blessings, and most of all, we thank Him for the opportunity of serving YOU, our great listeners and advertisers, from Monticello to Springfield, from Effingham to Hillsboro, and everywhere in between.  

 

We are honored to earn your listenership and your advertising dollars each and every day, and we don't take that for granted....ever.

 

So, from my wife Cathy and I, as well as our radio family at our Taylorville, Shelbyville and Clinton locations, we THANK YOU for allowing us to be part of your lives every day.  May you and YOUR family enjoy this Thanksgiving season together, remembering that we DO have so much to be thankful for.

 

And, that, is what Thanksgiving is all about.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: "You Can Fool All of the People Some of the Time"....

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 11, 2020

 

Dear Editor:


The late impressionist David Frye had a routine where President Richard Nixon, as a high school football benchwarmer, urged his coach to let him in the game. “I have a plan that can win the game,” Nixon assured the coach. “And to this day”, moderated Frye, “that coach is still wondering exactly what Dick Nixon’s plan was.”


Those old enough may remember that Nixon had an equally secretive, albeit less comedic plan to end the Vietnam War, just one catch: you had to vote him into the White House for him to unveil his plan. Revealing it sooner, Nixon reasoned, would tip the communists off to our intentions.


If this campaigning strategy sounds familiar, it’s probably because you follow current events. “I have a plan for that” chirped Elizabeth Warren during the Democratic debates. Estimates on the Green New Deal range from $51-93 trillion, and Bernie Sanders suggested erasing all student debt.

 

But as Illinois Republican Sen. Everette Dirksen reputedly said, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Remember when a billion dollars was considered a lot of money?


President Trump’s health care plan to replace Obamacare, a promise he’s made five times in 2020 alone is my favorite “secret plan” example. It’s always just a few weeks away, but will be worth the wait.


How does that saying go, “You can fool all of the people some of the time…”?


Nixon’s plan to end the Vietnam War was successful—for Nixon. It helped him get elected in 1968. The actual war ended differently.


When the smoke clears from the November 3rd election, we’ll better understand what we’ve learned since 1968—if anything.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois  60143

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