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Editorials

  • Information on suicide given at school program

    Suicide. Few other topics leave us with more questions and fewer answers.
    It’s a problem that isn’t discussed enough to allow us to understand the causes, let alone give us tools to help prevent those around us from seeing it as a way out when the going gets tough.
    Dr. Elizabeth Laden-Gross hopes to change all that.
    A volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Laden-Gross will be addressing students, teachers and community residents in Farina and Vandalia next week.

  • Weather a big plus for the Grande Levée

    Probably the biggest advantage to holding the Grande Levée on Father’s Day weekend for more than four decades was that it was easy for both local residents and tourists to keep the event on their calendars.
    But the 42nd period celebration on the grounds of Illinois’ oldest capitol proved that moving the date is really not that big of a deal.
    This year’s Grande Levée is drawing rave reviews, mostly because of the weather.

  • FCHD teaches children about 'good grief'

    Many of us, as adults, struggle through difficult times when we lose a loved one. Imagine what it’s like for a child, especially one who has not previously experienced the loss of a parent, grandparent or friend.
    The Fayette County Health Department’s hospice employees and volunteers have come up with a way to help children understand and deal with the death of loved ones.
    On Saturday, Oct. 1, the hospice workers and volunteers will present “Good Grief,” a day full of activities and sessions geared toward youth ages 18 and under.

  • Enjoy the fun at Grande Levée, Corn Day

    Take one popular downtown festival and move it from the scorching heat of summer to the cooler days of fall. Then add to it another popular downtown festival.
    What do you get?
    Exactly what Vandalia has to offer this Friday and Saturday – the annual Grande Levée on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds and the continuation of our Corn Day Festival in the downtown area.

  • Both sides must meet obligations

    As they received the city’s annual audit report last week, Vandalia aldermen learned that the city has trimmed its budget deficit from more than $500,000 to less than $50,000.
    That’s good news, because it’s an indication that city officials have been effective in taking steps to operate the city more efficiently and  to be more cautious when it comes to spending.
    That’s a trend that must continue.

  • Remember the lessons of 9/11

    Though it’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years, the calendar insists that, indeed, a decade has passed since terrorists staged a series of attacks on American soil on Sept. 11, 2001.
    On that sunny September morning, hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, as well as the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people. Another airliner, apparently headed for the White House, crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers overpowered the hijackers.

  • Many activities for Labor Day

    As we prepare to celebrate the Labor Day weekend as the unofficial "end of summer" holiday and as a celebration of our nation's workers, there are many activities in the area that are worth noting.

  • Shutoff of checks not playing fairly

    A short-sighted and poorly-planned attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save money in the education sector of state government has left the state's 44 regional superintendents and their assistants working without a paycheck.
    The governor's move has not changed the ways the duties are delivered or eliminated the services provided by the regional offices. The superintendents just aren't getting paid.

  • Return of Pre-K to help students

    A safety-net program that for years had provided early intervention for at-risk students but was dropped last year when state funding dried up, has now been reinstated.
    At least for a year.
    A state grant that will fund the Pre-K program has allowed the Vandalia school district to bring back the program, albeit in a reduced format. About 40 area students will benefit from the program that is designed to get them up to speed and ready to start school with their peers.
    The grant also funds smaller Pre-K programs in Brownstown, Ramsey and St. Elmo.

  • Make safety a top priority in new school year

    In case you don't have children in the house, let this be your reminder that a new school year is about to begin.
    Activity is increasing around our schools – registration sessions have been held, athletic pre-season practices are under way and, hopefully, shopping trips for school clothes and supplies have been completed.
    It's a busy time of year.