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Making Madison County more transparent

By The Madison County Record | Dec 13, 2016

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

The American dream is to own your own life

By The Madison County Record | Nov 18, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Nov 15, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Nov 10, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Oct 31, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Oct 7, 2016

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?

By The Madison County Record | Oct 4, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 22, 2016

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

By Letters to Editor | Sep 16, 2016

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?

By The Madison County Record | Sep 12, 2016

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'

By The Madison County Record | Sep 6, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 6, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Aug 30, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Aug 29, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Aug 11, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Aug 11, 2016

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.

Madison County Democrat party bosses' hypocrisy on full display

By The Madison County Record | Jul 23, 2016

Democrat party bosses' hypocrisy is unashamed and boundless. Voters can do something about this hypocrisy in November.

Moms: Stop worrying - organic food is no safer than GMOs – it just costs more

By The Madison County Record | Jul 18, 2016

Just as important...is to know what a GMO isn’t. It’s not an ingredient in the food we eat, which may be made using one or more of the eight common GM crops. Nor are GMOs the same as processed foods — which may contain one or more of the eight GM crops, or they can be made with organic or other non-GM ingredients.

Illinois still needs structural reforms to revitalize economy

By The Madison County Record | Jul 12, 2016

Illinois needs structural reforms to how it conducts public business and in the taxation and regulation of the free market economy.

County Clerk's office should be prepared with enough ballots in November

By The Madison County Record | Jul 12, 2016

The March 15 primary inconvenienced many Republican voters, while still others didn’t get to vote.

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