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Editorials

  • King's dream must become our dream

    Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most memorable speeches of our generation.
    His “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., crystallized the growing unrest and impatience among black citizens, but his soaring rhetoric that day also painted a vision for the rest of the nation of what needed to happen to bring equal opportunity to all Americans.

  • School's open – drive carefully, get involved

    School’s in session!
    As area students and teachers returned to the classroom this week, the beginning of another school year affects more than their daily schedules. It impacts the entire community.
    First and foremost, we urge motorists to use extreme caution around schools and other high-traffic intersections in town. Students on their way to and from school have many things on their minds, and safely sharing the road with motorists is frequently not on the top of the list. Be extra vigilant, particularly in the hour before school and after school.

  • Voluntary cleanup better than rules

    The Fayette County Board asked for input on a proposed solid waste ordinance. At Tuesday’s public hearing, it got an earful!
    The hearing attracted nearly 200 people, and virtually no one had anything good to say about the ordinance – the stated purpose of which is to protect citizens from nuisances deemed “potentially injurious to public safety, health and welfare.”

  • Area's generosity shown once again

    We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating again.
    Fayette County residents are among the most generous people anywhere. Period.
    We’ve seen people pitch in when natural disasters strike their neighbors. We’ve seen them gather around friends and family when they lose loved ones. And we’ve seen them respond selflessly when someone is stricken with a medical condition.

  • Consider options to more stop signs

    A discussion on Monday at a meeting of Vandalia’s and streets and public safety committees pitted the possible preservation of a short-line railroad here against the efficient flow of traffic within the city.

  • Local control of schools is best

    Years ago, in a movie called "Network," a now-famous line was uttered by a ranting television journalist. After recounting his concerns about the direction society was heading, he urged his listeners to go to their windows, lean out  and yell: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

  • Enjoy the history at Lincoln festival

    In normal times, a person can’t go very far in Vandalia without running into something connected with Abraham Lincoln.
    This weekend, it’ll be downright impossible.
    The reason is that this weekend Vandalia will be hosting an event called the Lincoln Heritage Festival on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse – with spillover activities in several areas of the community.

  • Input needed on proposed nuisance laws

    An old saying goes something like this: “Your freedom ends where my nose begins.”
    It’s a word picture of how we interact with those around us. For instance, one person is perfectly free to swing his fist around, but the moment his fist encounters another person’s nose, the situation has changed.
    The blow is likely result in retaliation by the offended party – either in the form of a return fist or in a complaint being lodged with law enforcement officials.

  • We have much to celebrate on Fourth of July

    Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, representatives of the 13 American colonies gathered together to do something radical. In essence, they said, “Enough is enough.” They declared their independence from Great Britain.
    Thomas Jefferson, always a man with a flair for words, put in their sentiments into a document known as the Declaration of Independence. It read:

  • Positively better on Fourth Street

    With only a few details remaining to be completed, Vandalia residents now can see what the streetscape project will do to improve the appearance of the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street.
    And it’s significant.
    The new sidewalks are a huge improvement (for cosmetics appearance as well as pedestrian safety), the period lighting ties those blocks into the improvements made on Gallatin Street and the asphalt overlay gives the street a like-new appearance.