• Fee hikes not the real answer

    It’s no secret that Fayette County is not in a strong position financially.
    For the past several years, the county board has regularly dipped into its capital improvement fund just to keep county offices functioning and to meet payroll. We’ve expressed our concern about that practice – saying that the fund (which came from the sale of the county’s mineral rights) was intended to be used to repair or replace county buildings. Yet the capital improvement fund continues to shrink.

  • Cold, snow can't cool compassion of area residents

    A frigid blast of arctic weather and several inches of snow brought traffic and commerce in the Fayette County area to a halt this past week.
    But it didn’t do anything to curtail the hospitality of area residents.
    Despite the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in 15 years, people got out to check on relatives and help elderly neighbors. And those with trucks, tractors or four-wheelers with blades and buckets were busy helping people dig out from the drifting snow.
    We applaud those who used their equipment and abilities to meet the needs of others.

  • Irresponsible use leads to cell law

    Though we’re generally not in favor of the long arm of the law reaching into our lives with unnecessary regulations, a new Illinois law governing cell phone use in automobiles may actually make our roadways safer.

  • Do your part to boost Vandalia

    With the beginning of a new year less than a week away, this is a time that many people make New Year’s resolutions. Though those commitments often are long on good intentions and short on follow through, they can help us take action on our desire to change.
    One commitment we’d like to see all of us make in 2014 is to do whatever we can to make Vandalia a better place. If our community is going to move forward in the new year, it’s going to require a consistent effort from everyone – government officials, community organizations and individuals.

  • Yes, Virginia ...

    This editorial, which first appeared in The New York Sun in 1897, was written in response to a letter from a young girl named Virginia. Her letter was titled: "Is There a Santa Claus?"
    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
    Dear Editor:

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Statehouse

    The Vandalia Statehouse is a beautiful building. Each year, its classic lines and authentic appointments transport thousands of tourists back to the 1830s when the building served as the seat of Illinois government.
    But when the Statehouse is dressed in its holiday finery, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Breakfast, parade to welcome Santa


    Though the Christmas season in Vandalia got off to a rousing start with the Olde Tyme Christmas event a couple weeks ago, this Saturday marks another landmark in the season.

  • Shop at home first this year


    If you're like most of us, the Christmas shopping season got underway in earnest the day after Thanksgiving. That day – Black Thursday – is huge for the nation's retailers. It sets the tone for the remainder of the season. It's the same for Cyber Monday – the Monday after Thanksgiving – when the online shoppers have their busiest day.

  • Remember all you can be thankful for

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, what comes to mind? Are your first thoughts ones of gratitude for the many ways you’ve been blessed? Or is your focus on what you don’t have?
    It’s the old question of whether the glass is half full or half empty.
    The uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving has a way of forcing us to land on one side or the other of that question.

  • Gettysburg Address still one of the best

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln penned one of the most powerful pieces of prose in our nation’s history.
    His 272-word tribute to the men who died on the Civil War battlefields near Gettysburg, Pa., stands unparalleled in American political speeches. Lincoln used simple but powerful words to communicate with the American people – even as the war still raged on other bloody fields.
    First, he set the historical backdrop of this nation’s founding, and the central premise that “all men are created equal.”