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Editorials

  • Many challenges ahead in 2011

    We are coming to the end of a year that has been tough for many individuals, businesses and governmental entities.
    In 2010, we experienced individuals directed to take furlough days, being laid off or losing their jobs as the struggle to get our economy back on strong footing continues. Local business owners continued to be impacted by the economy, and several fires put a major hurt on our downtown business district.

  • Hayners typify area volunteers

    After what she had gone through just a few days before, no one would have questioned why Marlys Hayner wasn’t around to help hand out the Caring & Sharing baskets on Saturday, just as she has done for almost three decades.
    Last Tuesday night, Mrs. Hayner escaped serious injury, one that could have resulted in either one or two broken legs. But there she was on Saturday morning, walking around and, as is custom, offering holiday cheer to the recipients of those Christmas baskets.

  • County known for its generosity

    If there's one thing the people of Fayette County are known for, it's their generosity.
    Year after year, we witness that compassion in the way people respond to needs. We see it in events like Relay for Life. We see it in the outpouring of help to a family that has lost everything in a fire. We see it in projects undertaken by service organizations to improve the quality of life here.
    And – especially at this time of year – we see it in the generous response to those who are having trouble putting food on the table for their family.

  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • Give input on bypass options

    After the process was backed up to give local citizens more input on possible routes for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, the public now has a set of six options to which it can respond.

    The six represent a variety of ways that the bypass route could be configured to move traffic through the community efficiently and safely.

    Is there one that's perfect? Not a chance. Is there one that has emerged as head and shoulders above the others? Not yet. They all have assets and liabilities.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, there’s no better time to count our blessings.
    Many things come to mind: family, friends, freedoms. And if we're willing to be honest, most of us are blessed with material things as well. This year, in particular, we may not feel rich, but by the world’s standards, we are a wealthy nation. Our needs are minimal and our comforts are many.

  • Guest Opinion

    By Josh Sharp

  • School responds well to tragedy

    Dealing with the tragic death of a student is perhaps one of the toughest jobs teachers and school administrators have to handle. And one of the most important.
    It’s a time when students are most vulnerable, most in need of adult support to sort out their emotions.

  • Thanks, Veterans!

    It’s not likely that many of the students who last week donned yellow hard hats and stood in the shape of a ribbon really understood the mission of the men and women they were honoring.
    How could they comprehend international politics? What do they know of the horrors of war? How could they appreciate the sacrifices endured by our soldiers – both today and down through history?
    They can’t.

  • Election a wake-up call for change

    Even though the Illinois governor’s race was too close to call on Wednesday morning, it represented a number of races across the state and nation in which Republicans made significant inroads into Democratic strongholds.
    Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn held a lead of about 9,000 votes over challenger state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). About 97.5 percent of the precincts – representing 3.3 million votes – had been tallied, but the margin was too small to declare a winner.