October is RESPECT FOR LIFE month. If we are truly PRO LIFERS we must demonstrate respect for all lives in our words and actions. This respect must be extended not just to the unborn but beyond. All lives do matter. If you are a parent of more than one child you fully realize that the child who is hurting at the time receives your full attention. At 2 AM the crying child gets your full attention. Wednesday, September 30, 2020
2020 has been an education in Grace. Grace to keep moving through the daily flex of last minute notices and upheaval of assignments. At the school bus yard we had new routes delivering school meals to students and their families as well as daily adjustments to flexible student routes. Our general manager faithfully adhered to the Covid protocol: we were temperature checked, gloved, masked and six feet apart before clocking in or out and certainly before getting on any school bus. Our general manager personally monitored us to ensure our safety and the observance of health precautions. She has stood by us through company transitions, contracts, last minute route and schedule changes, complaints, internal or external disputes. We have watched her monitor traffic with our past superintendent, check buses and host special events for us. All this she has done with impartial judgment and with a strong example of leadership in the responsibility of management. Her door and her mind is always open to us, but so is the understanding that she is our general manager and we are expected to adhere to the policies she conveys to us. Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Bruce Dawson continues his pattern of wrong-headedness in his rebuttal (9-18-20) to my recent letter.
First, the terms republic and democracy are not synonymous. Foundationally ignorant Americans have gradually accepted this corruption of terms through constant indoctrination starting with Woodrow Wilson and his Intercollegiate Socialist Society cohorts. Friday, September 25, 2020
So Sorry Apologies Ms. Siegfried. You are correct. I should have been more precise. We have a Representative form of government decided by democratic voting even though in America the two terms are usually synonymous. Friday, September 18, 2020
Yesterday Governor Pritzker warned that unless a federal bailout came along Illinois would have to make major budget cuts. To those of us who have been advocating for fiscal responsibility for years at the statehouse, this comes as no surprise. This is what happens when you pass budgets that are out of balance by billions of dollars. Thursday, September 17, 2020
Special thanks go the members of the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) who spent countless hours this summer reviewing thousands of pages of submitted written testimony and documentation, listening to hours and hours of testimony and conducting their own independent research regarding wind turbines. The ZBA board members were both courteous and tireless in accepting endless phone calls from parties on both sides of the issue. T Saturday, September 12, 2020
What does our future hold? Is anyone but me truly afraid that there is a huge potential for missed opportunity if the County Board adopts zoning rules that will preclude wind harvesting here in Christian County? I am watching the process unfold of debating our rules and parameters here locally, and also seeing all the news reports about the recent surge of renewable energy projects, across the rest of Illinois and the country. It all makes me wonder if this windy ship of opportunity will sail away without Christian County on board. And I don't see another one coming, do you? Thursday, September 10, 2020
In response to the news article in Thursday, Sept. 3 Breeze Courier about the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals setback recommendations and shadow flicker for text ammendments regarding wind turbines. Saturday, September 5, 2020
If You Can Keep It While being carried in a stretcher from the Constitutional Convention Ben Franklin made the following statement: When asked by one of his litter bearers, "What have you done? " Franklin's response was; "Given you a Republic.... If you can keep it." Friday, September 4, 2020
In response to Friday, August 28 Speak Out about the Stonington Park, I would like to take the opportunity to clear up a few things for everyone that may be wondering. It is unfortunate that our school was closed! None of us wanted it or are happy about the fact that it did. Fortunately for the community, the Stonington Park District was able to step up and acquire the property. Had we not, it likely would have went up for sale to the highest bidder Monday, August 31, 2020
This is my first Letter to the Editor. As I was reading Friday night’s paper, August 21. I read there was a financial committee meeting. Finances were discussed and tax revenues and video gaming were lagging behind around $125,000. The committee wants to give raises to everyone - clerk, mayor and aldermen. Monday, August 24, 2020
I would like to address the Speakout “Cats Out of the Bag” that appeared in the August 18, 2020 edition of the Breeze Courier. The person who wrote this Speakout I am sure sits on the county board and is hell bent on questioning my character and the actions I have taken while being Chairwoman. However, I will not address this person but the citizens of Christian County. Thursday, August 20, 2020
This year feels like an "all hands-on deck" moment for all of us, in confronting the new reality of COVID-19 and how this may change our lives, moving forward. It may have echoes for many years, we just can't see that far ahead. What does feel certain though, is that the sun will continue to shine and the wind will continue to blow. Friday, August 14, 2020
In April of 2020 I foolishly hired an out of town company to do a very necessary work project on my property. the workmen initiated the work for two days in late April 2020 and have never returned to complete the work project, leaving me with two very obvious eyesores on my property. I have contacted this company three times by mail and by phone. Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The recent furor over schools re-opening this fall has highlighted the amount of hysteria and misinformation circulating in the press and social media.
I would encourage everyone to research the issue, and don't use Facebook, Twitter, or other platforms as their source. The Center for Disease Control released a report last month, which can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html. Wednesday, August 5, 2020
I am writing to voice my support for wind energy projects here in Christian County. I am a longtime resident and I believe this is a tremendous opportunity we should not pass up! The idea of welcoming wind power to our region is a relatively recent concept, and there are people I know who have great concern about how it may impact our agricultural heritage. Monday, August 3, 2020
No one I know who owns farmland would take lightly the enormous decision of whether or not to allow it to be used to host a wind project. I sure didn't. But after doing all my homework and running the numbers over and over, and consulting with people whose opinions I respect, I decided in favor of welcoming wind as part of the future of my family farm. Saturday, August 1, 2020
As a Building and Zoning Director, every year I'm concerned to see Illinois communities devastated by severe weather and flooding. It destroys our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. In fact, flooding is now the costliest and most frequent natural disaster we face. As floods worsen, we're going to need stronger infrastructure to keep us safe. Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Death Cult America has now passed the milestone of 4 million COVID cases, and we're still arguing with doctors and epidemiologists about masks and school closures. What I did not expect is that this resolute and childish opposition to expertise would be hijacked by the president of the United States and an entire American political party, and then turned into a suicide cult. Monday, July 27, 2020
As fall approaches, our schools have a new challenge: what to do about keeping kids and teachers well! The home-computer classes of last spring weren't effective, according to teachers. One teacher told me he thinks 30% of the students never turned on the computer, once they learned they wouldn't be tested and graded. Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Wind turbine tax impact. Over the past several months, I have been asked for, and given, several estimated tax benefits of the proposed wind turbine farms. I have given those estimates based on the information that I have on hand at that time. That data is constantly changing.
Wind turbines are assessed by their megawatt capacity, not their annual production. A turbine that operates 90% of the time is assessed and taxed the same as a turbine that only operates 10% of the time. All of the numbers, aside from the state assessment totals, are constantly changing numbers because most of the variables are a moving target. Friday, July 3, 2020