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Letters

  • Remember our veterans' contributions

    Editor:
    I recently met a homeless veteran who was eating out of dumpsters.
    I feel guilty about not trying to reach out to him sooner; he died of an overdose.
    He did multiple tours in Vietnam – 1962 to 1966 – in a construction battalion.
    There are so many vets who are homeless and suffering from combat illnesses. Many of these vets are too proud to reach out for help. And they have to wait so long for any kind of help from the Veterans Administration system. These vets are really mistreated.

  • Vandalia postmaster warns of fraudulent emails

    Editor,
    Are you receiving emails from the Postal Service about missing a package delivery? Does the email, which claims to be from the USPS, include a label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery?
    If so, don’t open the email, because it may contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your computer.
    The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery.

  • Resident speaks out against Circle K's request for liquor

    Editor,
    I just finished reading about the city council meeting in the June 19 issue of the paper.
    I am thankful for these aldermen who expressed concerns about Circle K’s request.
    Quote – “The intent of (Circle K) is to not sell alcohol.” Yet, Mr. Stanisz states that his plan includes selling one type of beer, charging $8 (per cup) and limiting each customer to one in a 24-hour period, and the staff will “self-police and self-report, plus a range of dollars the city would receive in revenue.
    Lots of unanswered questions!

  • Theft of flowers from veteran's grave is frustrating to family

    Editor:
    I am the daughter of a deceased veteran. I would like to say “You’re welcome” to the person or persons who felt the need to remove the flower arrangement from my dad’s marker that my mother had gotten for Memorial Day. After all, he was a decorated World War II veteran.
    This has happened before – not only to us, but others as well. So sad.

  • Thank our veterans

    Editor:
    As I recently walked through the rows of stones in a local cemetery, I noticed that a lot of veterans have been forgotten.
    Many had no flags on their grave. I know it's a big project to supply flags on every veteran's grave in Fayette County.
    In past years, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars answered the call .
    It's not just on Memorial Day that we should honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • 'Where Are They Now?' feature is great idea

    Editor:
    Upon receiving the May 8 issue of The Leader-Union, I was pleased and excited to read the new section entitled “Where Are They Now?” That concept, presented by Mrs. LaDage and Mr. Roberts, is a great idea, and I look forward to many more excerpts.

  • KC to dedicate veterans memorial

    Editor:
    June 6, 1944, is D-Day – the day on which the Allied forces began the invasion of France during World War II.
    Now, 70 years later – on Friday, June 6, 2014 – a new Veterans Tribute Memorial will be dedicated at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • Applicants for award impressive

    Editor:
    I would like to commend the 10 students who applied for the 2014 Douglas R. Rames Character Award.
    My only wish is that all the readers of The Leader-Union could examine the contents of the applications, because they would undoubtedly applaud the students' efforts to enter the competition.
    They also would see that the quality of our young applicants is outstanding.
    Bravo to our dedicated Vandalia teachers!
    Phyllis J. Rames
    Vandalia

  • Winds of war are blowing

    Editor:
    Beware! The winds of war are blowing across the European continent. I don’t mean to sound like Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds." Russian armies have proven themselves at Stalingrad in 1942. Stalin was no better than Hitler; he killed 50 million of his own people. In World War II, Russia could sweep across Europe in a matter of weeks. It happened in the 1930s. Putin is another Stalin.
    The U.S. is down-sizing its military forces, just like in the '30s. Will Russian tanks be rolling down streets of Vandalia?

  • Using capital funds to meet payroll is wrong

    Editor:
    After reading the account of the last county board meeting I was very upset. I thought the board was elected to act on behalf of the citizens of the county and provide the leadership needed to see that the county is operated as efficiently as possible.
    I know that this is a thankless job, but when the only alternative to improve the county’s financial situation is to arrest more citizens – we have a problem!