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Editorials

  • Safety is priority as harvest begins

    In normal years, area farmers would be well into the job of harvesting their crops by now. They’d be in the fields from dawn to dusk, stretching themselves and their equipment to the limit, and generally pushing the envelope in a profession that is one of the most dangerous around.

    But this is not a normal year.

  • House, Senate must reverse misguided cuts

    After a couple of weeks of feeling the sting of the public’s frustration, members of the Illinois House of Representatives this week have an opportunity to correct the misguided budget cuts mandated by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    As they gather in Springfield, state House members must come up with an alternative budget plan that makes more sense than the random cuts the governor required of state agency heads in late August. Then, they must convince their counterparts in the state Senate to follow suit.

  • State shoots self in the foot by closing sites

    Just when you think that things can't get any worse in our state capital...

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, responding to budget cuts implemented by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, announced on Thursday the closure of 24 state historic sites and state parks. On that list is the Vandalia Statehouse.

    The news of those closures comes as a major blow to our state, which is getting ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, as well as to our community.

  • Both sides win

    The agreement inked last week between the Vandalia Board of Education and the Vandalia Unit Teachers' Association marks a successful conclusion to an important negotiation process.

  • Party-lines votes not always the best

    It's not been unusual for the Fayette County Board to have tie votes on various matters, such as appointments, with board members voting along party lines. The current board chairman, Steve Knebel, said he would like to see that pattern change.

    Prior to the boards appointment of Mary Sue Ruot as the circuit clerk through the end of November, Knebel noted that he was going against the recommendation of numerous fellow Republicans in recommending Ruot.

    I know how its been done in the past. I know a lot of things have gone politically. I dont agree with that, Knebel said.

  • Neighbors lend a hand in Bluff City cleanup

    The Good Samaritans began appearing shortly after the freight-train noise of last Tuesdays storm headed for the county line. And they didn't leave until the cleanup was complete.

    That very localized, but potent, storm roared through Vandalia, hit Bluff City with a vengeance and moved on to the east. In its wake, it left a path of downed trees and thankfully generally minor damage to houses.

  • Storyboards to tell our history

    Vandalia residents already know that Abraham Lincoln began his political career in our community and that it was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Lincoln became legally entitled to practice law.

    But there is a great deal of other information about Lincolns time in Vandalia that is not common knowledge. That will change this fall.

    At a meeting of Vandalias Looking for Lincoln Committee last Thursday, Dale Timmermann unveiled the 10 wayside exhibits that will tell our communitys Lincoln stories.

  • School options require study, input by voters

    With several months of study already under its belt, the committee of 10 representatives studying the potential reorganization of the St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts is continuing on a path toward presenting the issue to voters in those communities.

    So far, the committee has progressed at a reasoned pace, and with a consistent goal of determining what the reorganization could do to enhance the quality of education available to the students of those districts.

  • How we respond to Orgill loss can determine our future

    A week after receiving the news, its still hard to swallow the fact that our community was a runner-up in the race for a new Orgill distribution center. Making the news doubly hard to accept was that it means the loss of the current Orgill facility in Vandalia.

    Obviously, that news hits no one harder than the 140 or so employees of the Vandalia facility who know that they will have to find a new job and one that pays as well within a year.

  • Sales tax option may help schools

    Though we have to start from the premise that the last thing most people want is another tax, there may be some merit in studying the benefits of a countywide sales tax to benefit our schools.

    The concept of a sales tax to provide funding for education is new in Illinois, but has been used successfully in several other states.

    The difference between this proposal and other current school taxes is that under this plan, funds are generated by retail sales rather than the more traditional property taxes.