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Editorials

  • Citizen input is vital in decisions

    Two significant meetings, dealing with topics that are important to our community, are coming up. Each  should attract significant crowds, so citizens can participate in decisions that will have long-term impacts on the quality of life in Vandalia.
    The first is next Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. This meeting, typically, is the one at which program and position cuts are voted on. And it looks like more of each are likely.

  • Your vote can make difference

    With four candidates running for sheriff and three for county clerk and recorder, it’s been an unusually active primary election campaign in Fayette County.
    And that’s a good thing.
    It means that we have choices. It means that people are seeking elected office. And it means that the democratic system is working.

  • Funds to help city improve streets

    The announcement this week that the city of Vandalia will be receiving $150,000 to do preliminary engineering work on a project to improve Sunset Drive was welcome news.
    It allows the city to continue improving its major arterial streets and, when completed, it will add a sidewalk along that busy street to keep pedestrians safer.

  • Wrestlers tackle big challenges – and find success

    Two weeks ago, we editorialized about the power of tradition in the ongoing success of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling program.
    Year in and year out, it’s one of the most successful sports at the school. And this year is no exception. Three Vandal athletes placed at last week’s individual state tournament – with Dalton Blankenship fourth at 145 pounds, C.J. Runkel fifth at 160 pounds and Tyler Dagan sixth at 152 pounds.

  • Broken windows show broken life

    If you’ve driven by the corner of Fifth and Johnson streets in the past few days, you may have noticed a new monument to disrespect and disregard for public property.

  • Attend the forum

    Still trying to sort out the crowded primary election race for Fayette County Sheriff? Need to know more about the candidates' before you step into the voting booth on March 18? Help is on the way.
    Two weeks from today – on Thursday, Feb. 27 – The Leader-Union, in cooperation with WPMB/WKRV radio and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, will host a candidates' forum for the four candidates for sheriff and the three candidates for county clerk.
    It will be a time to hear those candidates outline their credentials and demonstrate their abilities.

  • VCHS wrestlers riding wave of school tradition

    The single-word headline on today’s sports page says it all: “Tradition.”
    Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as: “A long-established custom or practice that has the effect of an unwritten law…a story, belief or custom handed down from generation to generation.”

  • School funding needs overhaul

    A task force that has been studying the state’s current system of funding school districts has come to a not-so-startling conclusion: the system is broken.
    “The way we fund public education in Illinois is currently very complex,” state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, told reporters on Monday. “But one piece of it is very simple: It isn’t working.”

  • Behind-the-scenes workers are good pick for Abe Awards

    Each year, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce leaders have the privilege of recognizing ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for our community.
    The organization’s method of honoring the contributions of those citizens is by presenting Abe Awards. And since the program was started 40 years ago, more than 110 individuals have been given Abes.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Millard Mills.
    Identifying him was: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  i brittaute ym cussces ot siht: i reven vage ro koto nya secuxe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. (Albert Einstein)