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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Congratulations to area athletes

    It's the time of year to step up. It's the time when champions rise to the challenges and leaders lead.
    And that's exactly what we've seen recently from athletes at Vandalia Community High School.
    Members of the wrestling team and the boys basketball team have shown such strength of character as they've competed in recent days.
    Five wrestlers qualified for the state individual tournament, with Levi Ulmer coming home with a fifth-place medal. And Tuesday night, the squad pulled out a close match with Herrin to return to state as a team.

  • Persistance may pay off with intake

    Understandably, the city of Vandalia has kept a close watch on its spending the past couple of years. That has meant delaying some needed infrastructure projects.
    But one city alderman is making sure that one of those projects, the Kaskaskia River intake, is not forgotten.
    Terry Beesley announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that, as a way of getting something done with the intake, he has contacted every state agency he could think of, looking for some type of free assistance.

  • Company must produce results

    Though no one on the Vandalia City Council could recall any prospects produced for Vandalia by a Texas business recruiting company, the council last week unanimously voted to continue for one more year its relationship with Site Location Partnership.
    We can't fault the council for trying to lure businesses here. However, we urge them to take a long, hard look at the value provided by the company before extending the contract beyond the year just approved.

  • Get the synthetic drugs off shelves

    An article in last week's issue of The Leader-Union announced that the Vandalia Police Department will begin confiscating synthetic drugs known as K2 and K4, and arresting those who possess or sell them.
    Though it's a move that should've been taken long ago, we hope that it will remove products from distribution that have been widely abused by our young people.

  • Lincoln events are everywhere

    If you are a history buff, this coming weekend is tailor-made for you. Everywhere you look in Vandalia, something historic or Lincoln-connected is being celebrated.
    First, the third anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center will be observed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a special program at 4 p.m. If you haven't been to the center, take a few minutes and see all the information and artifacts that are available about the famous road that terminated in Vandalia.

  • Clymer, Ashdown worthy of awards

    As usual, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has identified two individuals worthy of recognition as it selected its 2012 Abe Award recipients. They were presented their awards last Thursday at the chamber’s annual banquet.
    Honored this year in the non-chamber-member category was retired Vandalia businessman Abe Clymer. For the chamber-member award, YMCA executive director John Ashdown was selected. Both have made significant contributions to the community and are deserving of the award.