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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Homecoming, Corn Day have a lot to offer

    Between the activities planned by Vandalia Community High School, the Vandalia Community Schools Foundation and the Vandalia Main Street Program, local residents will have a lot of ways to enjoy the weekend.
    The high school is in the midst of its homecoming week celebration, which includes the homecoming parade at 2:30 p.m. and the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. on Friday. The homecoming parade will follow its traditional route in making its way downtown.

  • Support co-op's rummage sale this Saturday

    It promises to be hog heaven for rummage sale fans.
    This Saturday's rummage sale, which will line several blocks of Gallatin Street with treasures of all descriptions, will feature dozens of vendors – all within easy walking distance.

  • Harvest safety is no accident

    Though it seems too early to talk about harvest, the reality is that much of this year’s corn crop is ready and some farmers are already heading to the fields.
    That means it’s time to renew our awareness of safety practices during the harvest season – both in the fields and on the roads.
    The Illinois State Police this week issued a reminder to motorists that they’ll once again be sharing the roadways with farm machinery.