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Editorials

  • Keep prom night safe – not tragic

    With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
    Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
    It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.

  • Planting begins; share the roads

    If you’ve spent any time recently on the back roads of Fayette County, you know what it means to share the road.

  • Our sports facilities are second to none

    As the spring sports seasons get under way, one thing will be apparent to anyone who attends baseball, softball or track contests in Vandalia.
    That one thing is that Vandalia now has some of the best facilities in the area. It's notable because not long ago, all three of those facilities were among the worst that Vandal athletes encountered during their season.

  • Irresponsible acts have consequences

    Sometimes responsibility is a hard lesson to learn. It often takes a session or two in the school of hard knocks for it to sink in.
    And so, for some of the young people who have enjoyed congregating in Vandalia’s municipal parking lots, the lesson has begun.

  • Make an effort to vote in primary

    Next Tuesday, citizens in Fayette County – and all across Illinois – have the privilege of controlling their own destiny.
    By taking 15 minutes of their time, driving a few miles out of their way and engaging their brain for a few minutes, they can make a difference.
    They can vote.
    Tuesday’s primary election, while it doesn’t have many contested races, it is the first step in determining the makeup of our general election races this fall.

  • Be prepared for severe weather

    The tornado that devastated Harrisburg last Wednesday should serve as a warning that we’ve now entered the season in which such storms are possible.
    That powerful storm claimed six lives and injured more than 100 citizens – leaving a swath of destruction across a wide area of Southern Illinois.
    Similar storms have hit Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky in recent days.

  • Plan enhances court coverage

    A recent decision to allow video and still cameras in most Illinois’ trial courtrooms is a move toward more openness and accountability in the state’s legal system.
    The announcement on Jan. 24 by Thomas Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, paves the way for circuit courts to apply to participate in the experimental program. If the circuit court is approved, then members of the media can request permission to cover certain cases.

  • Reward great service by casting your vote

    They've earned your loyalty and respect every time you've set foot in their store – now it's your turn to return the favor to your favorite merchants by voting in The Leader-Union's annual Reader's Choice contest.
    For the past two weeks, we've included a ballot in The Leader-Union and The Leader-Union Extra. Those ballots give you the chance to reward those merchants whose commitment to excellence has earned your support.