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Letters

Letter to the Editor on THS Procedure Selecting Musical Lead

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Submitted January 14, 2023

Posted January 19, 2023

 

Dear Editor:

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Skip and Marlane Miller

Taylorville

Editorial Potpourri Posted January 3, 2023

EDITORIAL POTPOURRI posted January 3, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Editor on City of Taylorville Audit

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted December 12, 2022

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

•             Lack of repayments between pooled cash account and other accounts

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Martin Vota

Taylorville, IL 62568

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Together we remain Taylorville Strong!

 

Mayor Bruce Barry

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 20, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

Sincerely,


Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531
 

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 14, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bruce Kettelkamp

Sheriff

Christian County

 

Station Editorial: Being Thankful

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 5, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted November 5, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

(some radical ABCs);

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531

 

Station Editorial: We're Being Played As Suckers

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted November 1, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted October 7, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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


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


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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Well Sir, older music makes more sense and tranquility.


Ernie & Ruth Poani

Edinburg, IL 62531
 

Letter to the Editor: Conversations from the Campaign Trail

Letter to the Editor

Posted September 26, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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

 

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

John Hauge

Third-Party Candidate, 107th State Rep District

Mount Zion

 

 

 

  

Statoin Editorial: What's Old is New Again

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted September 9, 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 19, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Willliam R. Harryman

Taylorville, IL

Letter to the Editor: Deflation vs. Inflation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted August 9, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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


Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531
 

Station Editorial: Guess Who Caused INFLATION?

EDITORIAL written 8/6/22.  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Editor Responding to Station Editorial

LETTER TO THE EDITOR RESPONDING TO STATION EDITORIAL

Posted July 16, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531

Letter to the Editor on Proposed CO2 Wells and Pipeline in Christian County

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 29, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

Once up a time Illinois became the Prairie State (1818) but it made me wonder where the prairie went.  The commercial steel plow was invented (1837) and then produced so modern agriculture to reap the benefit of turning the prairie-grasses over (literally) into very productive croplands.  Now we have generations of green dreamers (post 1960s) who declare carbon dioxide is going to destroy our planet. Do they not realize how much the plant kingdom on Earth depends on natural CO2? Crop production has benefitted from variable levels of the infamous ‘greenhouse gas’. Illinois and neighbor states have become targets for CCS; Carbon Capture & Sequestration.  Why threaten productive croplands and even residential acres with a project to save the planet? 

 

Our Earth is a very big globe but congested cities and concentrated agriculture lands risk over loading the air, water and land with excess chemicals.  Why add excess CO2 into the ground hundreds or thousands a feet deep for permanent disposal? Carbon and CO2 companies already exist to transport and store greenhouse gases for industrial use. Boring holes through residential and commercial property should have some benefit for owners beyond a financial contract. Burying CO2 deep into layers of natural Earth to save the planet is not logical.

 

Here are some reasons why CCS is such a misplaced project of ingenuity and expenses. First, less than 1% of Earth’s atmosphere contains the trace gases which includes the awful terrible CO2. Second most of the CO2 on our planet is dissolved in the oceans or permeated into the ground. Third liquefied CO2 is a very unnatural process which requires high pressures and specific temperature levels. This is the major risk of CCS and a very expensive process to vacuum CO2 out of chimneys to rescue planet Earth. Fourth a generous amount of excavated soil, dirt and earth layers is either piled up somewhere or dumped back into a hole as part of a plug or seal. Fifth, the diameter of such holes or wells determines how much natural material is wasted or recycled. 

 

The well hole for sequestration could become a giant muzzle loader cannon. Under pressure and temperature constraints the awful terrible liquefied CO2 is pumped into the well hole. When it returns to natural CO2 gas under compression could it not explode and blast the contents of the well back out, like a man made geyser or eruption? 

 

While CO2 is a minimal greenhouse gas, water vapor is far more abundant and the major natural greenhouse gas, which does regulate air temperatures. Certainly no one would attempt to rescue the oceans, rivers and lakes in the name of climate change mitigation, Right? So vacuuming exhaust chimneys to cool the whole planet is an exaggerated project, comparable to inhaling the exhaust pipe on your automobile to reduce emissions in the air. Both processes harbor extreme concentrations of hazardous gases that would otherwise not affect the whole planet. CCS is not a practical or responsible project for citizens in America. Meanwhile CO2 Wells are not welcome in rural Illinois.



Sincerely,
Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531
 

Station Editorial: No One is Willing to Meet in the Middle

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted June 26, 2022

 

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

 

Rulings by the U-S Supreme Court on June 23rd and 24th on 2 emotional issues, has re-charged discussions on gun control and abortion.

 

On June 23rd, the Court ruled that New York State's restrictive conceal-carry gun law was unconstitutional.   

 

The Court announced 2 rulings on June 24th.  The first centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The State of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place.   The Court voted 6 to 3 to uphold the Mississippi ban.

 

The second ruling the Court announced June 24th, was the pivotal one.  Voting 5 to 4, the Court said that a right to an abortion is not a constitutional right, and moving the issue to states to decide individually.  This overturned the Court's 1973 ruling of Roe versus Wade.

 

Those on both sides of both rulings, vowed that they would carry their fight into the mid-term elections.

 

Here's my fear.   On these and many other issues on the federal, state, and even local levels, the way the Founding Fathers set up our republic over 200 years ago, will begin to unravel.  As I've said in editorials for over 2 years, the answer to any issue—controversial or not—is in the middle, but in this emotionally-charged, politically-charged time we're living in, no one is willing to compromise. 

 

The sad part of all this, is that the segregation civil rights leaders fought to stop in the last century, is re-emerging as what I'm calling political segregation.  If you believe what a red state believes in, you may decide to make that state your new residence, and ditto if you believe in policies of a blue state.   People still vote with their pocketbooks.  But, the furthering of what I'm calling the political segregation of our country, may be a result.

 

All this will further divide an already-divided country.  No one is willing to meet in the middle.  

 

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

Letter to the Editor: More Info on Heartland Greenway Project

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 17, 2022

 

Dear Editor:


Heartland Greenway has spared no expense in mass mailings, and radio and print ads to attempt to convince the residents of Christian County that the proposed CO2 pipeline and dump site is entirely safe.  They claim the CO2 will remain 6,000 feet underground.


Well, it’s time for the people to hear more of the story, the part Heartland doesn’t want them to hear.  Using underground rock formations to store gases has been done in other places in Illinois and has had some dire consequences.  Let’s look at the fiasco closest to Christian County, just miles down the road in Champaign County.  


People’s Gas Company, a Chicago utility company, pumped natural gas 4000 feet under the Mahomet Aquifer for storage.  Of course, they claimed it was entirely safe and wouldn’t move.  They assured residents that the rock cap would keep the gas in place underground. 

 

In 2017, it was discovered that methane gas had indeed leaked into and contaminated the aquifer.  Initially, five homes were identified as having wells contaminated, some to the extent that tap water could be set on fire as it came from the tap.  The number of affected wells has now risen to 30 homes and that number continues to increase.


People’s Gas has provided gas and water separators and bottled water for these homes but has largely ignored any responsibility beyond that.  The Attorney General of Illinois filed a suit against People’s Gas but even that has provided no relief for affected families and methane gas continues to leak into the Mahomet Aquifer. 

 
Of course, there really isn’t a way to get the methane out of the water and the only remedy is to look for other water sources. In 2020, the Illinois legislature approved $3.8 million dollars to initiate a $10 million dollar project to bring water to these homes via the Sangamon Valley Public Water District but that money has never been released and these homes continue without safe water. 


These families need safe water and it should be financed by the company that created the problem.  The taxpayers of Illinois shouldn’t be on the hook for the damages caused by a company pocketing the profits and not cleaning up their own mess. 


The Heartland Greenway project can’t “ensure” (as they repeatedly claim) that the CO2 will stay under a rock cap 6000 feet underground.  If undetected fractures already exist in the rock cap or develop over the next 100 years, the CO2 will rise and may contaminate our aquifer and ground water as well as damage soils.  When CO2 mixes with water, it doesn’t just become the bubbles in your soda.  It forms carbonic acid which can leach heavy metals from the rocks in the aquifer; heavy metals that contaminate drinking water. 


The Mahomet Aquifer contamination is by no means an isolated incident; but that’s a conversation for another day. 


Karen Brockelsby
Edinburg, IL 

 

Letter to the Editor on CO2 Pipeline and Wells

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted June 15, 2022

 

Dear Editor:

 

My invitation came in October 2021 and was unexpected. A Landowner Open House was planned for Thursday November 04 at Taylorville High School facilities. The subject was carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline and carbon storage project, heading for Central Illinois! No kidding, another exotic industry is developing to remove excess CO2 from Earth’s atmosphere.  I had to check this out. After walking the room and viewing information and posters, I talked to a few associates. Why this CO2 project I asked; they told me “climate change”. 

Quite an ambitious project but not very surprised since each generation has to leave a legacy. The idea that a Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) industry can save the planet Earth is about as arrogant as possible.  Here is why; those awful and terrible elements Carbon and Carbon Dioxide are destined to destroy our planet and if you believe it then you have until 2031 AD to fix the atmosphere!  How audacious! CO2 exists on our planet deliberately by Creation. It is in our atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, you know the globe we call Earth. We breathe CO2 and exhale more of it.  Check a chemistry book (pre-1960s) and learn that we humans are composed of over 50% Carbon!  

So why vacuum Carbon & CO2 out of industrial chimneys, produce an unnatural and dangerous composition of liquefied CO2, pump it through exotic pipelines through three States, drill through private properties a mile or so deep to pump the adventure recipe and hope the hay it stays there a couple generations?  Remember the answer was “climate change”.  Actually the climate changes four times every year and used to be called seasons. CO2 is a unique gas and has many normal uses plus it keeps the plant kingdom busy producing oxygen.  

CO2 is so unique that it only exists as a gas and solid. CO2 is a refrigerant and propulsive vapor. Remember dry-ice, that is frozen CO2.  It does NOT exist as a liquid like water does. Only through scientific industry can a liquefied CO2 by temporarily produced, by 75 psi bare minimum pressure and special temperatures.  Makes you wonder what happens when a CO2 pipeline or storage well leaks.  The good news is CO2 is NOT flammable, no kaboom and fire. In fact CO2 is an efficient fire suppressor.

By now readers may even wonder what is gained by all the haste to push another expensive and exotic dream upon American Citizens and taxpayers.  Perhaps the real green benefit of CCS is paper legal tender!  Agriculture may take another economical hit but the rural American Citizens will for sure.  No CO2 Wells out here, please and thank you!


Sincerely Two Rural Citizens
Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531
 

Station Editorial: The Gun Debate

STATION EDITORIAL

Posted May 31, 2022

 

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

 

The horrific massacre of 19 students at a Texas elementary school May 24th, has the country again focused on gun control.  

 

In doing some research on this issue, this discussion dates back to 1791 just after the country was founded, when the Second Amendment was passed saying quote:   “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."   Ever since, there has been an emotional debate in the country over regulating the distribution and sale of any type of gun.

 

The discussion accelerated in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a mail order rifle bought by the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.  It wasn’t until 1968 and the assassinations of John’s brother Robert Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, that mail order guns were banned.  Other gun laws have passed the last 50 years but the problem persists.  Bad guys still get guns.

 

All this leads us to where we’re at today. We applaude Congress for trying to pass some common-sense legislation to limit those who should NEVER have a gun in their hand.  Some of this tragically may be coming from the lack of socialization due to the pandemic,  in the lives of many of the suspects in these horrible events, plus the message from the media and others that we don’t have to respect the rule of law OR the police.  As a result, lawlessness is rampant in many areas because those committing the crimes think there are no consequences for their actions.

 

Criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws.  There are plenty of guns out there for them to get their hands on, legally or illegally.  With no consequences for their actions, even if they get killed in the act of shooting up public places, the media will still give them their 15 minutes of fame.  

 

The answer to all this, like everything else in life, is in the middle.  Return to the rule of law, to respecting the police, and to send a strong message this kind of behavior is flat out NOT acceptable in a free country.

 

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

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

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