Letter Policy

Letters Policy

 

taylorvilledailynews.com welcomes letters to the editor, as a way we can let our readers and listeners sound off on the issues most important to them. If you wish to submit a letter, please note the following guidelines:

 

  • All letters should be no more than 500 words in length, and should include the writer's name, address and phone number. We will not publish street address, e-mail address or phone number; rather, we reserve the right to contact writers to determine their validity.
  • Letters must be submitted electronically in Word doc or text format; no hand-written letters are accepted.
  • If the editor comments about a letter, the reader may respond with at least as many words as were used by the editor. We would like to stimulate a sincere dialogue.
  • All letters become property of Miller Communications, Inc., and are subject to editing for length, content, grammar, punctuation at the editor's discretion.
  • Material that may libel or slander an individual or group will neither be accepted nor posted.
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Letters

Letter to the Editor on Proposed CO2 Pipeline

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted May 12, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

 Area farmers and landowners have been talking about the Heartland Greenway project for the storage of CO2 in Christian County for several months now. It’s time all county residents get an understanding of what this means to all of us.  The proposed project involves the construction of a 1300-mile-long pipeline to bring industrial waste, in the form of highly pressurized CO2, from ethanol plants in 5 states and pump it under the productive farm ground of Christian County, just north of Taylorville.

     Heartland Greenway advertises that they are working hard locally to provide a project that “leads to a prosperous future for Christian County.”  However, there is really nothing in this project to prosper Christian County.  However, there are multiple short-term and long-term risks.  Risks to water, risks to the productivity of farm ground and most importantly, risks to the health and lives of people near this pipeline and storage area.  The county will collect some fees but the project doesn’t pay taxes that would benefit the county.  The project doesn’t provide jobs or products that we need.   It’s not really even a solution to climate concerns as the carbon emissions involved in building and using the pipeline largely offset that which is being stored.

     The bottom line is this: the Heartland Greenway CO2 sequestration project is a grab for federal tax dollars (which, of course, come out of your and my pocket) while leaving the residents of Christian County to deal with the risks for years and years to come.


Sincerely,


Karen Brockelsby

Edinburg, IL  62531

 

Station Editorial on Taylorville Chamber/WTIM 70th Anniversary Banquet, Christian County Board Meetings

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 11, 2022

This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  I wanted to share a couple of different thoughts in my comments.

First of all, I want to thank the 140 folks who bought tickets to the 115th Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet that honored WTIM's 70th Anniversary at the Pillars May 6th.  With WTIM footing the bill for everything that night, ticket sales were turned into a fund-raiser providing the Chamber with just over 3-thousand dollars, the Taylorville Food Pantry over 15-hundred dollars, and the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation just over 15-hundred dollars. Outgoing Chamber president Sarah Van Huss gave her final "State of the Chamber" address and presented awards for Boss of the Year, Citizens of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.  All those were richly deserving.  
And, it was the premiere of the WTIM 70th Anniversary video, which was just under 40 minutes long.  It was the culmination of months of work by Neil Hohenstein and Addison Vocks, who are to be commended for the outstanding job they did in preserving history.  I gotta tell ya, it was an emotional moment for me at the end, as I thanked God for bringing my family to Taylorville 30 years ago.

Secondly, I've received varied reaction in my recent editorial on the demeanor and tone of  Christian County Board meetings.  My last editorial was NOT to express an opinion on the C-O-2 pipeline project which the board has to approve or disapprove, contrary to what some thought.  But rather, my editorial was addressing the way all issues are addressed.  I still think the past 2 years that we've all gone thru, has put everyone—including Christian County Board members—in a surly mood.  While I applaude the public service to their constituents and our county as a whole, the way all issues are addressed needs to be toned down so that civil discourse can happen.  Continuing the rancor is a message for any developer, that Christian County is NOT open for economic development.

I appreciate the Christian County board members who HAVE reached out to me to have a civil discussion about my last editorial.  I believe something has come out of those discussions, and I hope it's the start of a more civil tone at future board meetings.  I think our listeners and readers hope so as well.

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

Letter to the Editor: Further Reaction to Editorial

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted April 28, 2022

 

Mr. Miller,

 

I have listened to your editorials over the past few year and generally have agreed with the sentiments you share on you rural central Illinois radio stations.  However, the editorial concerning the Christian County economic benefits of carbon wells and pipeline did not acknowledge the ad dollars the companies have spent with your company.  As an individual I respect your right to hold any opinion, but as a business owner your credibility on this topic is the same as the company paying you and attempting to site the project.  That credibility not ZERO, but its pretty close. 

 

For the specifics of the carbon project.  As is stands, this project will not bring any tax revenue to any government agencies.  The carbon wells and pipeline are not taxable.  The county is looking to add a mechanism to tax the wells to offset some of the use our natural resources and risk associated with the fledging industry.  There are currently no businesses or Industry asking for this carbon dump to add jobs and resources to our area.  The farmers would receive a modest payment, but most have expressed its not worth the risk.  This project provides no specific economic benefit to our county and adds to the environmental pollution risk.

 

If you believe climate change is man made, this carbon dump and legislative infrastructure will allow fossil fuels to continue to be used to further pollute the environment.  There is not enough pore space in Central Illinois to hold the carbon pollution of the world.  Therefore the minor positive environment impact is not worth the dollar invested.

 

If you are skeptical of the man made climate change movement, this project is a pyramid scheme to funnel my tax dollars and yours to a few companies.  (Think of all the money spent on the “Hole in the Ozone”).  And most likely those companies will funnel some of the money back to legislators that came up with the carbon sequestration concept. 

 

As for other green energy project interest in our county.  Wind towers, Solar panels, Batteries storage fields.  As they have been approved or proposed, these projects provide very little economic benefit to our residents.  Some new tax revenue or less current property tax depending on how the taxing body handles the project.  The companies are not local and the energy produced does not stay local.  There may be potential for economic development for companies to locate here and use this “green” energy, but this has not been a part of the conversation so far.  While it is true the grain produced does not stay local, agriculture provides many local jobs.  Our area soil is uniquely suited for growing crops that does not require irrigation or over abundance of fertilizer.  Solar panels could be put literally anywhere else.  Including the buildings and the houses of those using the energy that came from our area.  Illinois continues to lose population and the State, County and Local green energy policy is telling our current residents “You don’t have to live here to use our resources, we will send them to you.”  Why look at windmills, solar panel, carbon well fields if you can move some where else and still get the benefit. 

 

As you can probably tell, my bias is towards preserving farmland and the rural heritage of this county. That said, I am not opposed to some green energy projects that provide a significant economic impact to our county residents.  So far, none of these projects qualify to my standards.  I believe in individual property rights, so if you want to sink a carbon well on your property, install solar panels or erect wind towers on your own property the County should provide zoning ordinances that allow you do so, while providing reasonable protection for your neighbors. 

 

Reasonable people can disagree on topics and still have a civil conversation..  I hope this letter meets that criteria.  This is certainly how I approach my involvement on the County Board.  I have a responsibility to myself, my family and my constituents to stand up for what I think is the best interest of our County. 

 

Kenneth Franklin

Christian County Board District 2

Taylorville, IL

Letter to the Editor: Reaction to Editorial

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted April 28, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

I believe that it was in November that the Navigator CO2 project, Heartland Greenway, made a presentation to the county board and laid out their vision for storing CO2 under Christian County farm ground. Since that time, they have been conducting a major campaign including public meetings, mailings, and print and media ads as well as personal contacts with county board members.


Those of us who are landowners in the proposed storage area were contacted at the beginning of 2022.  Packets of information with financial offers were hand delivered to our homes.  We reviewed the packets and then did our own homework.  We discovered that there are many risks involved with this project that are being downplayed by Navigator – risks to the health and even the life of people in the area should there be a sudden leak of the line or pump station and risks to long term productivity of farm ground should there be a fissure in the rock cap and CO2 escape and return to the surface over time. 

 

We began contacting members of the county board for the purpose of educating them on the dangers of the project.  We arranged to have a 20-minute presentation at the April meeting of the county board to convey this information.


It seems unfair to characterize the county board of “picking sides before all the information has been presented.”  Indeed, all the information has not been debated but there has been so much information presented that it is appropriate that board members would be reaching some opinions about how the county needs to proceed to protect residents. 

 

This project can’t really be described as “economic development.”  Navigator will offer some payoffs to the county and minimal damage payments to landowners but this is largely a project to line the pockets of big oil companies and financial investors with money from taxpayers and to cause the citizens of Christian County to bear all the risks in both the present and for the coming 100 – 200 years.   Heartland Greenway is a money grab for the oil industry and is masquerading as the “green” project.  It is anything but “green”.

 

Karen Brockelsby
Edinburg, IL  62531

Station Editorial: Christian County Board's Actions Speak Louder Than Words

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted April 26, 2022

 

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

This editorial is about what you and I have gone thru the past 2+ years as a result of the COVID pandemic:  Fatique and as a result, the anger and negativity it's caused.

We all are suffering from it, whether you think so or not.  Over 2 years of dealing with the greatest pandemic in our lifetime, has taken its toll on families, businesses, practically every entity you can think of.  Including County Boards.

Why do I mention County Boards?  Because the attitude a couple of them have displayed in recent weeks in our 2 clusters' listening areas, is giving the vibe that Christian and DeWitt Counties are not open for new economic development.

In Christian County, the issue of allowing a carbon sequistration pipeline thru the county, and 6 wells to be drilled between Taylorville and Stonington to pump and store the C-O-2 into, has board members picking sides before all information has been presented.

And in DeWitt County, County Board members basically changed the zoning ordinance not allowing an interested solar farm developer to apply for a permit.

Both are examples of giving potential developers and those wanting to invest in these counties, the impression that economic development isn't welcome in either county.

And, again because of the post-COVID atmosphere we're all in, and the fatique we've all experienced, it's manifesting itself as an attitude of not wanting to consider a project—or in the case of DeWitt County, keeping the solar ordinance as it was originally passed--before all the information is shared.  

We hope both County Boards will realize that decisions can't be made before all the information they need to make those decisions, is provided them.  COVID fatique can't turn into "anti-anything" fatique, because the future economic development in both counties, is at stake.

We're not supporting or being against any project.  We just hope Christian and DeWitt County Boards show they really do want economic development and growth, but their actions may be saying just the opposite. 

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

Letter to the Editor on Proposed Taylorville Schools Fine Arts Center, Sports Complex

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted March 23, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

 Over 24 million dollars is earmarked by the Taylorville School Board to build a fine arts center and a sports complex for a community that is unable to attract good paying jobs and businesses to justify such wants. 

Several years ago the school district pursued a referendum to subsidize the educational monies that were being withheld by the state.  The referendum passed with no clause stating that should the state funds be released that the required tax incurred by the tax payer due to the referendum be rescinded.  Remove a tax that is no longer needed.  Imagine that!!

My last real estate tax bill shows that nearly 50 percent of what I pay goes to the school district.  To add to the burden of the taxpayer, the City of Taylorville continues to support development of government subsidized housing.  These properties bring little to the financial bottom line of the school district, the City of Taylorville and Christian County however the city, schools and county are still required to provide services. 

The taxpaying residents of the City of Taylorville should be allowed the opportunity to decide what their tax dollars are being used for.   At this time there is no justification in spending money just because one wants to. 

I ask that all members of the Taylorville School Board consider major expenses other than those that are considered a “need” to be placed on hold.  Those who read this letter and are reluctant to be vocal about what is going on within the school district, the City of Taylorville and Christian County……..  “Silence is Consent”.

 

Martin Vota

Taylorville, IL

 

Station Editorial on Greater Taylorville Chamber Banquet Celebrating WTIM's 70th Anniversary

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted March 17, 2022

 

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

I'm here to invite you to the 115th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Friday, May 6th at the Pillars Event Center.  Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at approximately 6:30, and the program follows featuring Chamber president Sarah Van Huss giving remarks and announcing the awards for Boss of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

Following the awards, you'll be treated to a video myself and lots of other people have worked on for months, to celebrate WTIM's 70th Anniversary on-the-air.  The station signed on January 20th, 1952, and this year we're not only celebrating with lots of features being heard on WTIM with those that were part of the station's past, but on May 6th, we're footing the entire bill for the Chamber Banquet so it'll be turned into a fund-raiser for 3 important local non-profit organizations.

Local performer Gracia Harrison will perform during both the social hour and during dinner.

And, it'll be a delicious plated dinner with desert, all provided by Angelo's Catering.

50-percent of the ticket sales will go to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, to continue their work in being the Gateway to the Community, promoting local business on a daily basis.  25-percent of ticket sales will go to the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, helping acquire, develop and distribute financial and other resources to enhance the quality and effectiveness of education for all students, staff, parents and the community at large in the Taylorville School District.

And, 25-percent of the Chamber Banquet ticket sales will go to the great work done by the Taylorville Food Pantry.

Tickets are 50-dollars each, or a table of 8 is 360-dollars, and can be purchased at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of U-S Bank on the south side of the Taylorville square. Only 175 tickets are available, and as of March 17th, almost a quarter of the tickets have already been sold!

It'll be a great evening of celebrating the Chamber's work in the community, and to WTIM's 70th Anniversary.  I hope you'll get your tickets as soon as possible to help WTIM and the Chamber raise money for these great local non-profit organizations!

Station Editorial: Post-Script On Illinois School Mask Mandate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 27, 2022

 

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

This is a post-script on my Editorial written February 16th.   Late in the day on February 25th, the Illinois Supreme Court denied an appeal on the school mask mandate, filed by Governor Pritzker.  This was the final nail in the coffin regarding mandating school masking, after it had previously been suspended by a Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge and later the Illinois Appellate Court.  

As the Governor drops the mask mandate for the general public on February 28th, a look back at the school mask mandate nearly past 2 years is in order.

As I've said for most of the nearly 2 years, the school mask mandate has always been a power grab by Pritzker, taking control away from local school boards on what they deem best for their particular students.

We've seen government overreach at all levels these past nearly 2 years.  Doesn't matter whether it's Democrat or Republican, government has acted like it knew better than we did, how to run our schools, our personal health, and basically our life.

This all stemmed from the fear all politicians had going into the pandemic, that they would get blamed, and thus not re-elected, for killing off Grandma, plus doing a power grab at the same time.

We as voters need to be very, very careful of government, whether federal or state, in the future.  We are a country governed by and for, the people.  It's not the other way around.

And, may I again remind not only the Governor, but all federal and state officials, that it IS an election year, and while Americans generally have a short memory, what we've endured these past 2 years will be burned into our memory the rest of our lives, and definitely this year when we go to the polls.

The preamble to the Declaration of Independence we all learned in school says it best:    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  May God continue to bless our great country and its people.

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

Station Editorial: School Mask Mandate Is (Finally) Over

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted February 16, 2022

 

This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.  Well, as of February 15th, it appears that the school mask mandate is dying a slow death.  Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, first instituted the mask mandate in schools, at the start of the COVID pandemic back in 2020.  

The Illinois Department of Public Health tried to re-institute the school mask mandate, after a Sangamon County circuit judge threw out the mandate for the 166 school districts that sued Pritzker claiming it was illegal.

But, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bi-partisan group of Illinois state senators and representatives, ruled on February 15th, that I-D-P-H’s re-issuance of the school mask mandate was not enforcable.

All of this kaos was created by Pritzker and his agencies, to try and mitigate the COVID pandemic.  First, they shut down the schools and went to remote learning, which was a disaster, putting kids behind in learning and taxing the mental health of both children and their parents.

Then, came the mask mandate once schools re-opened, which led to more executive orders.

Now, nearly 2 years after the pandemic first started, it appears as though the school mask mandate in Illinois is finally dead.  Thank God.

While the Governor and the I-D-P-H continue to wait on a remedy from the courts, school districts across the state took the JCAR ruling on February 15th, as permission to return to life as we know it.  Finally.

I heard a Northwestern University doctor recently say that, with around 80 percent of the country having at least one vaccine shot, and many people building natural immunity after having the virus itself, plus many more ways to treat those who now get it, it’s time to get on with life.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I just hope the Governor stops this power grab continuing to control Illinois schools.  I thought that’s why we elect local school boards.
And, Governor, don’t forget..it’s an election year.  

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

Station Editorial: WTIM Celebrating 70 Years On The Air

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 17, 2022

 

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

On August 8th, 1950, a broadcast entrepreneur named Keith Moyer envisioned a local radio station for Taylorville.   He had been involved in building other radio stations in small towns across Illinois, and applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a new AM radio station for the Christian County seat.

The FCC granted his company a construction permit on August First, 1951.  The station was granted call letters WTIM, and after construction of the station was completed with studios and towers at the south end of Cherokee Street in Taylorville, it signed on January 20th, 1952.

Its first broadcast that day was at 4 in the afternoon from the Taylorville High School gym.  The high school band played the National Anthem signaling that Taylorville now had its own radio station.

In those 70 years, WTIM has had 7 different owners, has moved from an AM signal to an FM signal, then back to an AM signal, then adding 3 FM signals to its AM service, which is how you hear us today.

Plus, WTIM is streamed on the internet 24/7, plus on the WTIM mobile app, plus Amazon Alexa.

Those 70 years represent countless hours of local news, local play by play sports coverage, and agriculture information.

While the delivery methods changed over those 70 years, the one thing that has never changed, is WTIM’s commitment of service to Taylorville and Central Illinois.

Over the coming 12 months, you’ll be hearing features and interviews with many of those who were part of that commitment of service.  We hope you’ll help us celebrate WTIM’s 70 years of service, and feel free to e-mail us YOUR memories of WTIM over its 70 years of broadcasting.

Our e-mail address is editorial@randyradio.com.

Station Editorial on Cancel Culture

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted January 6, 2022

 

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

These days, we're hearing a lot about what's called the "Cancel Culture."  After doing some reading on this phenonomeon, I learned that its basic belief is when
we attribute goodness and permissible behavior to ourselves, while at the same time attributing badness and poor behavior to someone else.

An on-line article from the Denver Catholic web site says those being cancelled fall into one of three categories: 

First, there are the people who behave in a bad way or hold a reprehensible belief, but these things are generally unknown; when they become known, the person is cancelled. 

Second, you have people who have something from their past that surface which reflects poorly upon them. The difference between them and the first group is that the thing from their past is no longer who they are; nevertheless, they get cancelled. 

Finally, there are people who live out traditional values and/or hold opinions which have become unacceptable by a segment of the population. These people have not been exposed nor are they living differently than in the past, they have just wandered into a part of our society where they are not welcome.

According to this Denver Catholic article, the principal error of "Cancel Culture" is that it lacks mercy.  No apology is good enough for those who are "offended."

So, how are we to react to those who are applying the "Cancel Culture" to their relationship with us?   By holding firm to our beliefs, not to be belligerent or intolerant, leading our lives in a way that our life and faith is compelling, not obnoxious.

And, while none of us, myself included, should ever be judgemental, we must show love and understanding to respect others.  One of the first verses I ever learned in Sunday School was to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."   

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

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

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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). 

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

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

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.

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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