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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Band concert raises $11,395, teaches lesson

    Though Tuesday’s band concert at Vandalia Community High School was tabbed “A Night of Music,” there was a lot more going on than 240 young musicians playing notes on a score.
    Instead, those students were banding together to settle a score with the forces that threaten to diminish their band program. They were playing to save the job of their director, Tony Hicks, whose position has been eliminated by the school board unless alternative funding can be raised.

  • Support the band; go to the concert

    Music is a special thing. It moves the soul and touches us in ways that few other things can.
    When it’s well taught, it creates unique learning experiences that cannot be duplicated in other areas of our educational system. And it instills an appreciation for music that will go with our students for a lifetime.
    In the Vandalia School District, we currently are in the enviable position of having strong instructors who are imparting the musical skills and passion to our students.

  • Sunshine Week promotes access

    Welcome to Sunshine Week 2013. This is the week during which media outlets across the nation point out the importance of openness in government offices and access to vital information.
    A transparent and accessible government is obviously a priority for newspapers and the media generally. But it’s also important to all citizens, businesses and organizations that need to interact with government entities at all levels.
    When our government is responsive to its constituents, we all win.