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Editorials

  • Job well done by Cole, volunteers

    The bad news is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse. The good news, however, is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bottom line, the solid foundation laid in the past by faithful employees and volunteers there will carry us into a future that – though not without challenges – holds much promise.

  • State must deal with economy

    As we prepare to launch into the new year, we typically take a brief look over our shoulder at the waning year and set our sights on better things for the coming 12 months.
    This year, however, one has to work harder than usual to muster much optimism.
    In Illinois – and even in Fayette County – the dark cloud of our state's dire fiscal condition colors the outlook of even the most optimistic among us.

  • Caring & Sharing keeps on giving

    Thirty-five years ago, a group of Fayette County Health Department employees banded together to make Christmas a little brighter for six local families.
    That special holiday program quickly grew into Fayette County Caring & Sharing, which has for several decades provided Christmas baskets for more than 400 less-fortunate families in the county.
    In its early years, all of those Christmas baskets were distributed at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia. Today, that church’s parish center is just one of a handful of distribution sites.

  • Blagojevich pleas too little, too late

    After years of playing with fire in the rough and tumble world of Chicago’s corrupt political machine, Rod Blagojevich finally got burned.
    Right up to the end, it appeared that he felt he could flash his boyish smile, crank up the bravado and walk away unscathed – just like he had from every other tight spot he’d been in. But last Wednesday, things changed.

  • Small-town benefits shine during holidays

    This time of year, we’re reminded of why we love living in a small community.
    There are parades, church programs, school performances, community events and, of course, the general hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.
    The beauty of those events in a small town is that we know many of the people involved. We see our friends and neighbors at the events. And we marvel at the talents displayed our young people at the band and choral concerts.

  • Share with others at Christmas time

    It is, as the Christmas carol says, “beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” With the Thanksgiving activities barely behind us, the list of Christmas events in the area is already jam-packed. And that’s a good thing.
    For a full rundown of the events planned in Fayette County, see the story on page 1 of today’s Leader-Union. It includes a variety of holiday activities, numerous appearances by Santa and several holiday performances by students at area schools. Get those events on your calendar, and show your support by attending.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Each year, Thanksgiving offers us a choice. Do we truly give thanks? Or do we simply go through the holiday motions?
    It’s easy to put things on autopilot – gathering with family, gorging ourselves on holiday goodies and lounging in front of endless football games?
    But does that really move us in directions that this uniquely American holiday should? Do we ever consider those things for which we should be deeply thankful? If not, how can we move ourselves in that direction?

  • Adermann deserving of thanks for 37 years with VVFD

    You know how on some mornings, it’s tough to roll out of bed and get ready for work? Imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, jumping out of bed, and getting dressed and ready to work in a matter of minutes.
    Then, doing that time and time again, even in the dead of winter, for 37 years.
    That’s the life that Merle Adermann led as a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, with his last 19 years of service to the community being as the chief of the department.

  • This Friday, say thanks to a vet

    For nearly a century, Americans have paused on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor and thank the nation’s military personnel for their sacrifices to preserve our freedom.
    Friday is that day.
    We join with citizens all across the United States in saying thanks to our veterans. Their unselfish service to our country – in times of conflict as well as peace – has kept our military presence strong and our nation free.

  • Halloween shows city's sidewalk shortcomings

    Vandalia has a sidewalk problem.
    Though it’s an issue that’s been noted by city officials before, driving around on Halloween night underscored the dangerous conditions to which our pedestrians are subjected.
    Young trick-or-treaters swarmed in the streets all along Locust Street and up Shelley Drive. And even though the trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot of Sunset Plaza was off the road, parking and pedestrian traffic on Sunset made it truly scary to drive through that area.