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Editorials

  • Voice your opinion on Route 51 bypass

    If you were among the crowd of people milling around the huge maps spread on tabletops at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the route of the U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, you probably came to the conclusion that most of us did: That there is no perfect alternative for a bypass.
    There’s not even a good one.
    The reason is that regardless which route you choose, someone’s property is being compromised. Someone’s quality of life is being diminished.

  • How much are our schools worth?

    Last Thursday’s fundraising concert by the Vandalia School District bands was a feel-good evening that showcased the musical talents of students in the junior high and high school. From top to bottom, the students demonstrated their talent and love for music.

  • Last chance to comment on the route of bypass

    Have you tried to imagine what Vandalia traffic patterns will be like when the four-laning of U.S. Route 51 finally reaches our area?
    Do you envision it simply following the current route, but wiping out front yards and businesses as it is widened to handle four lanes through the heart of the city?
    Do you see it cutting off of U.S. Route 51 north of  Vandalia Correctional Center and skirting around the west side of Vandalia Lake?

  • 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.”