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Editorials

  • Sharing the road with ag vehicles not an easy task

    Usually, we run editorials about safely sharing the roads with farm equipment in April. We do it then because in most years, that’s when our farmers are most active traveling to and from fields during the planting season.
    Not this year.
    This spring’s persistent rains have produced soggy fields that – until recently – made it impossible for farmers to get into the fields. Thus, the planting season didn’t even get under way until well into May. And it’s not done yet.

  • Opportunities lost by IHSA decisions

    There’s something about unrealized potential that prompts a strong emotional reaction.
    When it’s caused by a lack of effort or discipline, it makes us mad. When it’s caused by seemingly random circumstances, it makes us sad.
    But when it’s caused by ill-conceived and apparently cold-hearted decisions by those in authority, it makes us furious.
    Such was a decision made by Illinois High School Association officials at Saturday’s soggy state track meet.

  • Band: Mission accomplished

    What began as a sour note in March ended with an emotional crescendo Tuesday night as the Vandalia Board of Education reinstated the position of high school band director Tony Hicks.

  • Congratulations to graduates

    During the next few days, the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” will drift out of gymnasiums throughout the area.
    Graduates will don robes and turn tassels. Speakers will affirm and exhort. And parents will offer sighs of relief and shed tears of joy.
    It’s graduation time in Fayette County. It’s a time of endings and beginnings. It’s a time when students are making plans for their futures – whether that be in college, the military or the working world.

  • Ray good choice for police chief

    Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the contributions and the capabilities of local people. Often those people are passed over in favor of outsiders when openings come up.
    Thankfully, that wasn’t the case when the city of Vandalia began its search for a police chief.
    In fact, Jeff Ray has been serving as sergeant and periodically as acting chief during the past year when Chief Larry Eason has been struggling with health issues. Eason said last month that he did not want to seek reappointment.

  • Cleanup Week is coming

    Are you having trouble walking through your garage because of all the “treasures” that have accumulated there? Have you tired of the junked items that have taken up residence in your back yard? Or are you fed up with the lawn mower you thought you could resurrect, but steadfastly refuses to run?
    If any of those scenarios sound familiar, you’re in luck.

  • Flooding shows need for fixes

    Once again, weather patterns have stacked up to bring significant precipitation to Fayette County.
    And once again, that precipitation has produced widespread flooding. Local streams, as well as the Kaskaskia River, were well out of their banks over the weekend – with the Kaskaskia rising to near-record levels.

  • Keep service in 'postal service'

    Though the battle probably is not over, the people of the United States were the winners when last Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced that six-day mail delivery will continue. At least for the time being.
    The decision came after months of rumors that the postal service had targeted Saturday delivery as a way to cut costs. The proposal had been vigorously opposed by newspapers and other business-related organizations, which feared that five-day delivery would disrupt the distribution of time-sensitive newspapers and business mailings.

  • Event yet another benefit from 4-H

    Many of Fayette County’s youth learn many things through their participation on the county’s 4-H program. One of those was on display on Sunday.
    A dinner at the Brownstown Elementary School raised funds for the Fayette County Extension Office and 4-H. It took many volunteers to pull off the dinner, and a large number of those workers were youths who are members of 4-H clubs in the county.

  • Get out and vote on next Tuesday

    Next Tuesday, area residents will go to polling places across the county to elect mayors, city council and village board members, school board members, and township officials. They also will decide on electrical aggregation propositions, trustees for community colleges and regional offices of education, park board members and library board members.