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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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Station Editorial: The Answer Is In The Middle, Chapter 2

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 1, 2020

 

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The title of this editorial is "The Answer is in the Middle, Chapter 2." 

 

In an editorial that aired in August and was also posted on both of our on-line daily newspapers, I pointed out that at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, both Republicans and Democrats scared us into staying in our homes as much as possible because they didn't want to be blamed for killing off Grandma.

 

And, as we enter the holiday season months, cases are spiking again, causing Governor Pritzker to close restaurants and bars for dine-in service.  It feels like mid-March all over again.

 

In a recent interview as cases were spiking across the state, Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia said that unless Illinois took a more reasonable approach to mitigation, thousands of restaurants are at risk of permanent closure.  Toia added that closing restaurants for indoor service will result in the exact opposite of the intended impact of slowing the spread, as it drives people further into what he called uncontrolled, unmonitored private gatherings where few safety precautions are in place.

 

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

 

Even as more testing shows more positive cases, we should again be using common sense thru this.  

 

As free people, as adults, as grandparents, moms and dads, as human beings, let's apply common sense as we continue to maneuver thru this.  We are closer to the end of this, than the beginning.  I know fear remains about the unknown of when it will end.  

 

But again, the answer is in the middle.  Stay healthy and safe and there will be a positive end to this.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: Can't We All Get Along?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 11, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

A media blog contributor recently found it odd that Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia got along so well. I asked myself “Since when is disagreeing about the law a reason not to get along?”

 

If you’re old enough to grasp current issues but not much older, you might find the Justices’ collegiality surprising. We old-timers, however, recall when political opponents, and dare I say society in general, could separate who someone was personally from what they believed. Justices Ginsburg and Scalia were throwbacks to that era. Doesn’t their cordial relationship despite their conflicting ideologies say something positive about both of them?

 

In 2004 Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, once bitter rivals, teamed up to raise millions of dollars for the 2004 Sumatra area tsunami victims. Republican Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen helped President Lyndon Johnson pass the Civil Rights Bill in 1964. Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace worked with Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to get minimum wage legislation passed for domestic workers.

 

If you are young and disillusioned, or older and resigned to today’s disharmony, watch Jim Lehrer’s 1988 PBS Newshour interview with Senators Barry Goldwater and George McGovern. Though political polar opposites, the interview shows how to disagree agreeably, and should be required viewing for anyone considering public service.. Call it Getting Along 101.

 

If you’re curious about a time when attitudes defaulted to compromise instead of spite, watch the video. It may make you smile, angry, or sad depending on your degree of cynicism.

 

You’ll at least see what’s possible—or used to be.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois

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Station Editorial: The So-Called "Fair Tax" Is Anything But

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted October 7, 2020

 

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

 

Voters on November 3rd will vote on an Illinois constitutional amendment to change the state from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax based on income.

 

Before you believe the ad campaign being ran by a PAC funded by Governor Pritzker calling it the quote "Fair Tax" to soak the few rich and the fat cats there are left in the state, please consider these points.

 

Passage of this amendment will give the Legislature unprecedented new authority to increase income tax rates on any group of taxpayers at will – including lower- and middle-income taxpayers and small business owners – and lock those new powers into our State’s Constitution. 

 

There would be no limit on the number of tax brackets that could be created and no limit on how high tax rates could be increased on groups of individual taxpayers. 

 

The day after the election, there would be nothing to prevent the Legislature from raising state income taxes on everyone. 

 

With the state's budget deficit standing at over 6-billion dollars, that's 6-billion with a B, you'd better believe that they won't just be taxing Frank Fat Cat.  They'll come after farmers, small business owners, and middle class families because of the Democrats' penchant for wanting to spend money whether they have it or not.

 

There hasn't been an OUNCE of discussion about CUTTING the state budget in this year of the coronavirus outbreak.  Not one OUNCE.

 

When you and I's checkbook doesn't stretch, we cut expenses.  But, Democrats spend, and spend, and spend some more, whether they have the money or not.

 

And, as they always do, they'll hide behind the state's school children--my grandchildren--stating if this doesn't pass, there will be cuts to the education your children--my grandchildren--receive.

 

The so-called Fair Tax is anything but.  Anything that gives ANY politician--Democat or Republican--the ability to raise my taxes without any accountability, is a just plain bad idea.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on a Silent March Statewide

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 5, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Our beloved country is filled with hate and division. 

 

Not against the common enemies of democracy which dwell outside our borders, the autocratic and totalitarian regimes headed by dictators around the world sworn to our destruction, but hate against each other, our fellow citizens. 

 

One need look no further than a momentary glance at the social media which dominates our culture today. 

 

The voices of disrespect and violence completely cover even the smallest voice for respect and unity among our people.  The chasm has grown so wide among us, one must wonder if any bridge of reason or love can span the divide?  It is stunning that our country should come to this point of division.

 

 

President Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural, stated this concern in the midst of our Civil War.  “Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained….Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.  Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.”

 

Mr. Lincoln had warned in an earlier speech in 1838 that “…if destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.  As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.” 

 

Are we there?  Are we on the path?  While we pray America will never endure another Civil War, we can destroy ourselves from within through the hate and violence being espoused by too many.

 

President Lincoln proposed the only antidote to our situation that I know.  He said at the end of that same Inaugural Address.  “…With malice toward none, with charity(love) for all….let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

 

Justices Ginsburg and Scalia showed our country we can be miles apart in our interpretation of the Constitution and remain as friends who share a passion for our democracy and its laws.  John Lewis followed in the footsteps of Dr. King in showing that we can be passionate in our march toward justice without resorting to violence.

 

But what can I do?  All my life I have attempted to be of service to my country in one form or another.  I can’t just do nothing in these perilous times. 

 

Beginning this Monday, September 28th, I will be silently marching in front of each courthouse in all 39 counties of the two congressional districts I represented in Congress.  I will be carrying signs of non-violence and respect for our people and our Democracy.  I will be joined by my wife and some of our grandchildren and in a few counties by my 99 year old high school American History teacher. 

 

Each march is for 50 minutes beginning at either 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  A 10 minute recitation of the Gettysburg Address to remind us of who we are as Americans will begin at 9:50 am, 11:50 am and 2:50 pm. 

 

We will be wearing masks and observing appropriate distances as we walk.  Anyone attending the Gettysburg Address recitation must do the same.

 

The following is a list of the dates, times, and counties:

 

Sep. 28  Jackson 11, Williamson 2
Sep. 29  Alexander 11, Pulaski 2
Oct.    1  Jefferson 11, Franklin 2
Oct.    2  Sangamon 11, Macon 2
Oct.    5  Effingham 11, Shelby 2
Oct     6  Clark  9, Cumberland, 11, Coles 2
Oct     7  Union 9, Massac 11, Johnson 2
Oct     8  Fayette 11, Marion 2
Oct     9  Christian 11, Moultrie 2
Oct   13  Perry 9, Clinton 11, Washington 2
Oct   14  Jasper 9, Crawford 2
Oct   15  Clay 9, Richland 11, Lawrence 2
Oct   16  Wayne 9, Edwards 11, Wabash 2
Oct   19  White 11, Hamilton 2
Oct   20  Saline 2
Oct   21  Gallatin 9, Hardin 11, Pope 2 
Oct  22   Randolph 9, Monroe 11, St. Clair 2


Glenn Poshard is a former State Senator, U.S. Congressman, and President of Southern Illinois University.  He resides in Murphysboro, Illinois.

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Richard Breckenridge

Taylorville

 

 

 

 

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Station Editorial on 2 Great Communities

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted October 4, 2020

 

This is a station editorial,  I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I'm recording this editorial on October 4th during the second day of the 35th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the Square.  I'm doing this editorial from this location because I want to give 2 shout outs to 2 great communities.

 

The first is the Taylorville community and the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest committee for the hard work they put in to pull off the 35th edition of Chillifest.  Chillifest is a 2-day event that features International Chilli Society judging, entertainment on 2 stages, over 90 arts and crafts vendors selling their wares, and chilli in cold quarts being sold by the Chamber as a fund raiser, instead of by the bowl which was eliminated this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

As a member of the Chillifest committee, I personally know the immense amount of work they did in making sure the event was socially distanced and safe for the public, including encouraging the wearing of masks, and providing countless hand sanitizing stations.  

 

Several thousand people from out of state and Central Illinois, came to Taylorville for the weekend.  It's the biggest event of the fall season for the Christian County seat.

 

The other shoutout I want to give, is to my staff and those involved in the September 26th virtual live coverage of the Clinton Apple and Pork Festival.  Although the event itself was cancelled due to the coronavirus, WHOW WEZC station manager Jared White and our news and sports reporter Seth Laurence, spent 8 hours that day at our studios, bringing in representatives from the C-H Moore Museum, who came up with the idea of the Apple and Pork Festival some 50 years ago to raise money to maintain the beautiful house which was turned into a museum.  

 

White and Laurence also scheduled and interviewed countless representatives from the many non profit organizations that man various booths at the festival, who make their yearly budget with what they make at the festival.  All of these organizations are now having to come up with alternate fund raisers to make their budget to serve the community.

Kudos to all those involved in our WHOW WEZC virtual Apple and Pork Festival coverage, and those who made the 35th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest happen.  

 

Both are examples of people who made lemonade out of lemons, and I'm proud of them all.

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on the 2020 Presidential Election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted September 10, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

When The Atlantic reported President Trump’s alleged remarks on fallen American soldiers being “losers” and “suckers”, I hoped that Joe Biden would delay judgement until we know more. No such luck.

 

Instead, Biden responded with fist pounding, stern-faced fury and applause-line oratory that prompts cheers when invoking our military. Would it have hurt his cause to show a little restraint before defaulting to all-out attack mode? Yes, it probably would have. I should know better by now.

 

My dad was frustrated by President George H.W. Bush’s tendency to “feign anger” when making a point, especially during election campaigns. “Righteous indignation”, I believe, was another term he used.

 

Most of us aren’t mind readers, but there seems to be a fine line between genuine passion and a well-rehearsed bit of theatre.. So many figures in sports, politics, and show business express “outrage” that the term has lost some of its sting.

Kamala Harris’ “That little girl was me” moment in a Democratic presidential debate drew a lot of attention and likely served its purpose. I don’t doubt that Ms. Harris has strong feelings about bussing, but I thought her remarks came off as a bit practiced. Maybe it’s just me. 

 

I’m not naïve enough to expect this campaign to turn civil anytime soon. We all know this election is a referendum on President Trump’s character. If I had written solely about Trump’s typical campaign demeanor and tweets, this letter would almost never end.

 

I focused mostly on Democrats because they’ve promised us a return to civility. If they win in November, let’s hope they can deliver.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois 

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Station Editorial: Miller Media Group Starting Suicide Prevention Campaign

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 29, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Letter to the Editor: Complete the Census!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 17, 2020
 

Dear Editor:

 

Free money from the Census! A couple minutes can make the difference between having or not having a local Fire Department or a Hospital. A couple minutes can provide funding to repair that bumpy road we all complain about. It will help our schools. This free money is at our finger tips.

 

Here's why:

Every year, "Billions" of Dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the 2020 Census will directly affect YOUR community funding. If you don't act now, the money will go elsewhere!

 

Go here to easily do it online: census.gov   Or do it by phone: 1 844-330-2020

 

Act now, this opportunity ends September 30, 2020.

 

Sincerely,
James Goltz
Bunker Hill
 

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Letter to the Editor: It All Depends On Where You Stand

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

 

Dear Editors:

Mother once said it all depends on where you stand. In 60-plus years, I’ve stood in almost equal parts Chicagoland and rural Illinois. That’s long enough to understand a little about people in each region.

 

A lot of what we know about each other is what we’ve heard.  When I visited my Grandmother in Harrisburg, IL in summer 1962, and residents heard that I was from Chicago (actually south suburban Hazel Crest), I’d hear quips like “Aha, Gangsters”, and some mention of Al Capone as if he and I were blood relatives. I was nine.

 

To a Southern Illinoisan in 1962, Chicago was everything down to Kankakee, and qualified as city slicker territory. Southern Illinois residents had other thoughts about Chicago, its politics and fabled windy-ness.

 

No one, however, mentioned one part of the state seceding from the other. Apparently, that’s changed since there’s talk about Chicago becoming its own state.  Hardly Brexit level stuff, but notable.

 

My thirty-plus years in rural Illinois included stops in Robinson, Lawrenceville, and Paris where I sold advertising for the local radio station. This meant visiting merchants in a 40-mile radius of Paris. In two years, I learned rural routes 130, 49, 133 and 36 better than I ever knew streets like Harlem, Pulaski, and Kedzie in 23 years of growing up in Hazel Crest.

   

I also learned what made country folk different from Chicagoans: not much. There were some rural idioms, e.g., referring to travel in terms of miles instead of minutes as we do in rush hour Chicago, or calling Coca Cola “soda” instead of “pop” as most of us did up north. Otherwise both sides just wanted to work hard and be told the truth.

 

The occasional secession chatter, I think, is due to one side not holding up their end of the “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal. Who’s to blame depends on where you stand.

 

Chicago and Illinois becoming separate states is uncharted water in our lifetime.  Someone could end up with secessionist’s remorse.

 

Maybe enough level heads will decide to be careful what they wish for.  What we have might not be so bad after all.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois 60143

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Station Editorial: The Answer Is In The Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted August 2, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

  

Because, the answer is in the middle.

 

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

 

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

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Letter to the Editor on Compassion Fatigue

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted July 8, 2020

 

Dear Editor:

 

Compassion fatigue is when we tire of hearing about people who are suffering. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey saw millions of dollars in aid sent to Houston before Hurricane Irma struck Florida. Like popular trends, disasters acquire a “flavor of the week” status until the next one arrives.

 

This doesn’t make us an uncaring society. Sometimes there’s more tragedy than we can process.

 

We overload on more than just compassion. My generation’s (baby boomer) first taste of war news coverage was Vietnam. Our only connection to both World Wars and Korea was through text books, movies and older family members. The nightly American combat death count introduced us to bad news fatigue.

 

When Governor Pritzker announced our lockdown in March, his tone turned solemn when he announced Illinois’ first COVID-19 death. Now, more than 7,000 deaths later, how do we comprehend such loss? My best answer is that we feel bad for those directly affected, be thankful it wasn’t us, and move on.

 

While Pritzker spoke, I wondered what the reaction would be if/when the U.S. approached a million COVID-19 deaths. I’m guessing we’ll react the same way we did to the Vietnam casualties report: we will have conditioned ourselves to receive bad news.

 

On the popular 1960s “Dragnet” TV series, with detectives Friday and Gannon at a murder scene, a fellow policeman would remark, “I guess you guys get used to this.” Friday’s grim response was “You never get USED to it.”

 

Except, we do.

 

Jim Newton

Itasca, Illinois

 

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