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Madison County Board member pays tribute to firefighters

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 2:26pm

On behalf of Madison County District 16, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never met a firefighter that I did not like. You all are truly the best of us.

Illinois Policy Institute: Time for bold solutions in Illinois

The Madison County Record Jan. 25, 2017, 1:09pm

It is time for courage. It is time for bold solutions. It is time to put the people first, not the special interests, not the privileged, not the powerful.

County Board member provides update

The Madison County Record Jan. 4, 2017, 12:09pm

The purpose of this letter is to provide information on my recent efforts as County Board District Three representative, which includes the areas of Pocahantas, Grantfork, Hamel, portions of Highland, New Douglas, Prairietown, Williamson, Worden, and some Staunton and Edwardsville mailing addresses.

Post Obamacare - better days are ahead

The Madison County Record Dec. 13, 2016, 12:54pm

The 2016 national elections and the failures of the Affordable Care Act have increased the probability of replacing ACA with a rational health care system and have provided the impetus to accelerate the process.

Making Madison County more transparent

The Madison County Record Dec. 13, 2016, 6:18am

During the campaign I promised to assist in making Madison County Government more transparent.

The American dream is to own your own life

The Madison County Record Nov. 18, 2016, 12:48pm

All too often I hear politicians utter the phrase, “The American dream is to own your own home.” That’s not true. The American dream is to own your own life.

The idea of limited government takes time (like 561 years) to sink in

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 9:20am

It took 561 years (from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence) for the idea of limited government and political equality to infuse itself into Anglo-American culture. By 1776, enough people believed in the possibility, that they were willing to fight for it and organize a government based on it after a battlefield victory.

American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for patients needing treatment

The Madison County Record Nov. 10, 2016, 4:23pm

The American Cancer Society is urgently seeking volunteer drivers willing to donate their passenger seat to transport cancer patients to and from their cancer-related treatments through the Road To Recovery program. It is simple to volunteer and free training is provided.

Luechtefeld and Meier: Vote for Moore and Barberis

The Madison County Record Oct. 31, 2016, 12:54pm

Our court system is under attack again, in a repeat of the 2014 smear campaign that was waged against Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

Vote for Chapman

The Madison County Record Oct. 7, 2016, 3:10pm

Phil Chapman supports all national, state, county and local conservative candidates, by actively working for them, not paying lip service. Rest assured he won't be a sock puppet to the current county administration.

Ray Coleman: Accepted at White House but not in East St. Louis?

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2016, 8:41am

I am not an easy guy to get along with if you are dishonest, corrupt, a leader who refuses to lead, a selfish or ineffective bureaucrat, steal from kids, steal from the government. Again, I am by no means perfect, but I try to wake up every morning wanting to do good.

We will support mesothelioma this month

The Madison County Record Sep. 22, 2016, 6:19pm

We support more than 150 different organizations with sponsorships, donations, and volunteer time and find them all equally deserving.

Mesothelioma research not a top priority for local fund-raising

Letters to Editor Sep. 16, 2016, 1:54pm

Since September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, the headline in the August 17, 2016 Advantage News, “Oktoberfest to raise funds for Mesothelioma research” to occur on September 17, 2016 caught my eye immediately.

Is it time to end backdoor referenda?

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2016, 2:34pm

Madison County voters are no strangers to “backdoor referendum.” However, to refresh readers’ memories these referenda require a district superintendent or legislative body requesting a referendum to sell bonds to post their intention in the newspaper.

ITLA: ICJL report is 'another silly study'

The Madison County Record Sep. 6, 2016, 4:17pm

The First Amendment protects the Illinois Civil Justice League’s right to call its tired and misleading 16-page propaganda piece a “study” if it wishes, but that makes it no more a work of credible research than calling a Corolla a Ferrari makes the Toyota a sports car.

Hillary Clinton not qualified to be President

The Madison County Record Sep. 6, 2016, 12:03pm

Hillary has been in politics, with Bill for more than 30 years. There is no way in this world that her claims of being unable to recall some of the questions she was asked by the FBI can be true.

Freedom of expression includes right to boycott 49ers sponsors

The Madison County Record Aug. 30, 2016, 10:09am

I have a right to contact the sponsors, whose products appear on television and radio where Mr. Kaepernick is playing, and tell them I might be disinclined to buy their product because of their seeming support of Mr. Kaepernick’s behavior.

Government needs to stop picking energy winners and losers

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2016, 11:17am

Illinois corn farmers and ethanol producers have benefitted from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which has effectively created a sustainable and independent market for conventional ethanol.

Fourth District Appellate Court decision was judicial activism run amok

The Madison County Record Aug. 11, 2016, 1:21pm

The Appellate Court ignored the fact that four members of the State Board of Elections opined that the judges could not stand for election and four others voted they could. Even Baricevic and Haida obviously thought they couldn't run for election to their own seats; otherwise, they wouldn't have filed for each other's vacancy.

Billions in U.S. debt service robs vital government services

The Madison County Record Aug. 11, 2016, 11:35am

So, when interest goes from $426 billion per year to $600 billion per year, $174 billion in programs that serve you and your neighbors must be cut. Or, Congress can increase the money supply to continue paying for the programs, which, as you would expect, will lower the purchasing power of your paycheck.