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Editorials

  • Decision on treasurer's post made quickly

    Whether the city of Vandalia should switch the city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one can be debated. One factor fueling that debate was the pace at which that action was taken.
    It was less than a month ago that the Vandalia City Council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee held its first meeting about  possible pay increases for the city officials to be elected next spring – mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and four aldermen.

  • Being atop list of deficit states not a good spot

    As the fiscal year came to a close June 30, state financial officers issued their annual report on the state’s financial condition.
    It’s not a pretty picture.
    Though the report lags one year behind, it shows that the state is now in the worst financial condition of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2011, our deficit of just under $44 billion easily topped runners up New Jersey ($34 billion) and California ($11 billion). The Land of Lincoln’s shortfall grew by 16.8 percent from the previous year, according to William Holland, auditor general.

  • Celebrate the Fourth safely

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July next Wednesday, it’s more important than ever to celebrate safely.
    Not only do we face the usual dangers related to fireworks, this year’s dry conditions make it extra important that we celebrate safely. And with triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next several days, the dry conditions will only get worse. When things are this dry, it doesn’t take much to get a brush fire started.

  • Volunteers needed for our Statehouse

    We all know the value of the Vandalia Statehouse to our community, both for its historic value and the substantial money it brings in for local businesses that serve tourists.
    Over the years, a vital part of the operations at the state's oldest existing capitol has been the local volunteers.
    Those volunteers have, in the past, been most visible at Statehouse events, such as the Grande Levée, Christmas Open House and Lincoln's Birthday observance.
    The volunteers are part of the Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • FAYCO needs our help to expand recycling

    Nearly two years ago, FAYCO Enterprises launched a recycling program that has allowed Vandalia area residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of a higher percentage of their trash.
    Now, FAYCO has an opportunity to expand its recycling operation. And local residents – as they have for the past two years – can play a part in that expansion.

  • City asks for feedback on downtown parking

    The Vandalia City Council discussed on Monday complaints about parking in the downtown business district. That’s nothing new, since city officials held a similar discussion about three months ago.
    Now, before deciding whether to make any changes to downtown parking laws, they want to hear from you.
    Back in March, Alderman Andy Lester said he’d fielded a complaint from the owner of a business on a downtown side street about vehicles being parked in front of his business for extended periods.

  • Students, athletes do amazing things

    This time of year always renews our confidence in the future as we see our young people prepare to make their way into the world.
    As we cover their completion of high school or college, we have the privilege of hearing their accolades listed at award assemblies or graduation ceremonies.

  • Support local Relay for Life

    This Saturday night, you have an opportunity to strike a blow against cancer.
    By participating in the local Relay for Life – either in events leading up to it or on the night of the relay – you can help raise funds to fight cancer right here in Fayette County.

  • Remember those who sacrificed

    Next Monday, America will pause to say thanks to the tens of thousands of our fellow citizens who have sacrificed to protect our nation.
    As we observe Memorial Day, there will be services at several area cemeteries, at parks or at the headquarters of various military veteran groups.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    It’s the time of year when “Pomp & Circumstance” can be heard wafting from high school gymnasiums across the country.
    Proud parents and family members gather to celebrate the milestones being completed by their graduates, and the schools pass out awards to note those graduates’ accomplishments.
    On many fronts, it’s a fun time. Families are gathered. Compliments are shared. Futures are contemplated. And friendships are affirmed.