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Editorials

  • 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.

  • City officials take first step to cut shortfall

    When things get tough, drastic measures often are required to fix them.
    Vandalia city officials now find themselves in such a situation.
    Facing a budget deficit of $600,000, uncertain funding from the state and an unfilled city manager’s position, city officials took some drastic measures of their own at Monday night’s city council meeting.

  • Attend forum next Tuesday

    With the political campaign season now in its final 20 days, candidates are crisscrossing the area with amazing regularity. It’s good to see them paying attention to our part of the state.
    Several high-profile Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, have made stops in Fayette County during the campaign season.
    Last Thursday, several statewide Republican candidates visited Vandalia. In attendance were gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville).

  • Use situation to consider options

    The newly hired Vandalia city administrator's decision  to back out of job before starting it leaves the city of Vandalia facing a bad news, good news situation.
    The bad news is that the city will have to start from scratch in hiring a city administrator. The good news is that the person who was hired just two months ago was probably not a good fit.

  • Get involved; run for office

    Municipalities and school districts throughout our area – and the state – are facing tough times financially, with much of it due to our state’s financial troubles. We depend on the individuals who live among us to represent us and get us through those tough times.
    Next April, we will be electing individuals to our municipal and school board positions. Hopefully, there will be many of you out there who will consider serving your communities through those positions.