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Letters

  • DOC rep addresses incident

    Editor:
    The Leader-Union story last week on the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate striking an officer contained numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims by Denny O’Malley, the vice president of Local 993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. While The Leader-Union did call the Illinois Department of Corrections about the incident, it did not give us an opportunity to respond to these numerous false claims.

  • Volunteers needed to drive seniors

    Editor:

  • Support our veterans and our military

    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day will be here.  This day is set aside to recognize our veterans for their service and duty. I ask that on this day that everyone thank every veteran they see. Because of these veterans,  we have a great democracy and keep it secured.

  • Speaker request shows bureaucratic nightmare

    Editor:
    When you are 76 years old and still feel the need to make a difference, it is more difficult to achieve that ambition. I live in a small world with few responsibilities beyond getting out of the fast lane.

  • County board meeting was a 'spectacle'

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to inform the public about the spectacle that was the Fayette County Board meeting on Sept.10. Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel presided over the meeting with an iron fist in the tradition of Lenin, Stalin or Castro. I am comparing him to these dictators because,  apparently, Knebel does not believe in the right of free speech. When discussion began about the liquor license and many people started talking, Knebel told everyone to be quiet and that everyone would have a chance to speak.

  • Park district responsible for pool, parks

    Editor:
    I am responding to the letter to the editor in the Aug. 29 issue of The Leader-Union.
    That letter was headlined, “Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate.” I assume the headline was composed on the content of the writer’s letter, inferring that the Scout House and swimming pool have not been kept up over the years in a timely manner, and “have been let go to die a slow death.”

  • Movie theaters are not the place to sell beer and wine

    Editor:
    Listening to the morning news on Sept. 4 and reading The Leader-Union the next day, I saw that the Vandalia City Council had a request for a liquor license for the multi-plex cinema to be built south of Walmart.
    This will be voted on at the council’s next meeting, on Sept. 16 – next Monday.
    I was glad to read that at least two of the city council members questioned this request.

  • Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter in answer to the debate regarding the Vandalia swimming pool repairs. The park superintendent's plan of "letting it die a slow death" is distressing and disappointing to me.

  • Change school culture

    Editor:
    I read the latest article about the concerns of control of schools need to be at the local level. The state and the federal government continue to exercise control of how education money is spent. Is that really such a bad thing?
    I have respect for Vandalia Community Schools Superintendent Rich Well. He is one of the few people in this city that will return your emails and phone calls. There are elected officials in this town who don’t return emails and answer letters.

  • Nuisance law not necessary

    Editor: