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Editorials

  • Breakfast, parade to welcome Santa

     

    Though the Christmas season in Vandalia got off to a rousing start with the Olde Tyme Christmas event a couple weeks ago, this Saturday marks another landmark in the season.

  • Shop at home first this year

     

    If you're like most of us, the Christmas shopping season got underway in earnest the day after Thanksgiving. That day – Black Thursday – is huge for the nation's retailers. It sets the tone for the remainder of the season. It's the same for Cyber Monday – the Monday after Thanksgiving – when the online shoppers have their busiest day.

  • Remember all you can be thankful for

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, what comes to mind? Are your first thoughts ones of gratitude for the many ways you’ve been blessed? Or is your focus on what you don’t have?
    It’s the old question of whether the glass is half full or half empty.
    The uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving has a way of forcing us to land on one side or the other of that question.

  • Gettysburg Address still one of the best

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln penned one of the most powerful pieces of prose in our nation’s history.
    His 272-word tribute to the men who died on the Civil War battlefields near Gettysburg, Pa., stands unparalleled in American political speeches. Lincoln used simple but powerful words to communicate with the American people – even as the war still raged on other bloody fields.
    First, he set the historical backdrop of this nation’s founding, and the central premise that “all men are created equal.”

  • Enjoy an Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though it’s still six weeks until Christmas, this weekend will get you in the holiday mood.
    It’s Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia. And that means that all your favorite holiday activities and characters will be available there – Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, trolly car rides, a live Nativity and music from Chime Masters Brass Bells. You’ll also find lots of specials from downtown merchants to help you save money as you begin your holiday shopping.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Drug seminar is worth investment

    Have you ever peered into the vacant eyes of a person high on drugs? Have you watched helplessly as their behavior becomes more and more erratic? Have you witnessed the pain that their choices inflict on friends and family members?
    If you’ve been touched in those ways, you know the horrors of watching a life disintegrate under the influence of illicit drugs.

  • Stombaugh: We need to give back

    The grand marshal for this year’s Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade is a woman whose efforts to improve Vandalia are unparalleled.
    Jean Stombaugh’s memberships and leadership positions span several decades, and involve an incredible number of organizations. In each, she’s been a driving force to leave things in better condition than she found them.

  • We all can help in cancer fight

    You may have noticed something different about today’s Leader-Union. Yes, two pages are printed on pink paper.
    We invested in that attention-grabbing paper because we’re observing breast cancer awareness month. And on that paper, we’ve printed a profile of Elloise Black, articles about breast cancer and advertising messages from caring local businesses to bring more attention to defeating this deadly disease.