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Editorials

  • Lincoln events coming up soon

    It’s a good time to be a fan of Abraham Lincoln.
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s departure from Illinois to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency at one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history.
    Though he left the Springfield train station on Feb. 11, 1861, with considerable trepidation, he carried with him the resolve that he could, indeed, make a difference in the nation’s capital. He carried, too, the support and prayers of his friends and family who remained in Illinois.

  • Give the voters the choice at the polls

    In a story on the front page of today's issue of The Leader-Union, we report that the attempt by two incumbent aldermen in St. Elmo to stay on the ballot in April has failed. The question that remains is this: Did the municipal electoral board make the right decision?

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.

  • Volunteers vital to Main Street

    Volunteers were the base as the Vandalia Main Street Program was started more than a decade ago, and volunteers have been a vital part of keeping the program going. Now, they will be more important than ever.
    The Vandalia City Council learned on Monday night that Main Street, because it has lost its funding from the city, can no longer afford to pay an executive director, and that Dana Whiteman, the person most recently serving in that position, has already been let go.

  • Many challenges ahead in 2011

    We are coming to the end of a year that has been tough for many individuals, businesses and governmental entities.
    In 2010, we experienced individuals directed to take furlough days, being laid off or losing their jobs as the struggle to get our economy back on strong footing continues. Local business owners continued to be impacted by the economy, and several fires put a major hurt on our downtown business district.

  • Hayners typify area volunteers

    After what she had gone through just a few days before, no one would have questioned why Marlys Hayner wasn’t around to help hand out the Caring & Sharing baskets on Saturday, just as she has done for almost three decades.
    Last Tuesday night, Mrs. Hayner escaped serious injury, one that could have resulted in either one or two broken legs. But there she was on Saturday morning, walking around and, as is custom, offering holiday cheer to the recipients of those Christmas baskets.

  • County known for its generosity

    If there's one thing the people of Fayette County are known for, it's their generosity.
    Year after year, we witness that compassion in the way people respond to needs. We see it in events like Relay for Life. We see it in the outpouring of help to a family that has lost everything in a fire. We see it in projects undertaken by service organizations to improve the quality of life here.
    And – especially at this time of year – we see it in the generous response to those who are having trouble putting food on the table for their family.

  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • 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.