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Editorials

  • Blagojevich verdict sends a message

    For too long, he thought he was the Teflon governor. He could do whatever was politically expedient, but nothing would stick.
    On Monday, Rod Blagojevich found out differently. It stuck all over him. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of miscellaneous corruption charges and undoubtedly will spend several years behind bars for his abuse of power and his attempts to use his public office for personal gain.

  • Address issues directly, not by public criticisms

    Local developer Dennis Grubaugh expressed his displeasure with a city official at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council. And, while we understand the need to address the issue raised by that city official, we also understand why Grubaugh was upset.
    At two prior city council meetings, Alderman Dean Black said he didn’t like the looks of the former State Farm Insurance building on Gallatin Street, referring to political signs covering the windows.

  • Tools for School seeking supplies

    Though classes just dismissed for the summer, there are some among us who are already thinking of the upcoming school year.
    That group is Fayette County Tools for School, a committee of local residents that is dedicated to helping needy students have the necessary supplies when they head to school this fall. Last year, they helped nearly 700 county students.
    Now is the time of year that the group is gathering financial support and collecting school supplies. Among those supplies are paper, pencils, pens, rulers and other basic necessities needed by students.

  • City must seek new efficiencies

    After months of budget reviews and line-item trimming, the Vandalia City Council last week voted to balance the city’s budget by making personnel cuts.

  • 'A Finer Spirit' needs to continue

    We all know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got 'till it’s gone.”
    Such is the case with the Vandalia Main Street Program.
    Also appropriate at this time would be the saying, “Look at all that we wouldn’t have had without it.”
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the local Main Street program would be dissolved at the end of this month.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    This Saturday evening and throughout the night, local residents will walk around Rogier Park in Vandalia to raise money to fight cancer.
    The annual Relay for Life of Fayette County kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the walkers don’t stop until 5 a.m. Sunday.
    Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this year’s relay is operating under the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
    We applaud the dedication of the teams taking part in this year’s event, and we wish them well as they circle the park.

  • Map drawing a local issue, too

    District remapping is a big issue at both the state and national levels right now, with politics playing a big role in what those final products will look like.
    All of the talk of those mapping issues got us to wondering where the discussions are for such a project in Vandalia?
    City officials have in recent years talked about drawing up new ward boundaries, replacing the ones that have been in place for many, many decades.

  • City is making progress toward balanced budget

    One thing can be said for the city of Vandalia – it has always had as a priority maintaining its infrastructure and providing residents with an array of services.
    The same cannot be said about a number of other communities. For example, while the city of Vandalia can annually account for close to 100 percent of the water going through its water distribution system, another town in the region recently reported that it could not – due to aging infrastructure – account for about 40 percent of the water going through its system.

  • State trying to grab local funds

    Budget cutting is the norm at nearly every level of government these days. Every entity is looking for ways to trim expenses, balance its budget and operate in the black.
    In Vandalia, for instance, the city has trimmed more than $200,000 of its deficit by eliminating services and delaying some types of work. And some $50,000 remains to be cut before a balanced budget can be submitted for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

  • Get rid of junk during annual cleanup week

    Are you wondering what it’d be like to be able to park your car in the garage again?
    Are you sick of looking at that old green refrigerator sitting in the back yard?
    Are you tired of trying to make a discarded air conditioner look like modern art in your flower bed?
    Well, hope is on the way.
    Next week, Vandalia residents will be able to dispose of old appliances and other large items through the city’s annual Cleanup Week.