• Thanks to supporters of OUR PLACE

    Thank you to Panzi Blackwell for the wonderful article about OUR PLACE Youth Center in the July 26 issue of The Leader-Union.
    It's due to the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and foundations of Vandalia made it possible for the youth center to exist.
    Thanks to the many, big-hearted and charitable people who gave their money and also those who gave their personal time to OUR PLACE.
    Patricia A. Sprague
    Board President
    OUR PLACE Youth Center

  • Adopt tree in park to water during drought

    I am writing this to all the citizens of Vandalia who love and respect our city parks as I do.
    I am not usually a person to ask others to do things that I can do myself. However,
    I would like to suggest that we all band together to save the trees in the parks. If everyone would take a few minutes to water their favorite tree (especially the young trees), maybe we can save them from dying during this horrible drought.

  • Letter to the Editor

    I would like to clarify something that was published in the July 19 issue of The Leader-Union.
    Under the "Our Opinion" section, the last paragraph stated the following: "...but the fact that this was acted on so quickly after discussions began, after one public meeting on the issue, one is left to wonder if, and how, this was all studied and how all city officials, except the current treasurer, came to believe this was the right decision."
    This is not an accurate statement.

  • Losing job is devastating

    I am writing this letter in response to the city of Vandalia wanting to give the mayor a raise, and doing away with the treasurer’s job.

  • Letter to the Editor

    I am writing about the plans to close the Murray Center.
    One of 88 children will get autism. Where are those clients to go? Most of them can't function in society.
    The governor has said that he would put most of them in local facilities. But those are full. If you have a friend or relative with a mental illness, you can relate to what I am saying.
    Most people would want them locked away. Some people would laugh at them and make fun.
    Support the Murray Center.
    Randy D. Meyer

  • Letter to the Editor

    It seems that every year that passes it becomes harder to distinguish between the two parties. Yes, there is good rhetoric by both sides, but after the dust settles, it seems that nothing changes and our nation continually gets worse. All this time, the electorate seems content to blame the opposing side, starting it all over again – rhetoric, blame and poor results. It seems that we don’t have a good option to vote for; always voting for the lesser evil.

  • Letter to the Editor

    This is a letter to any parent who has or had a student at Vandalia Community High School. First, a couple definitions:
    Handbook – “A concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.”
    Guideline – “A recommended practice that allows some discretion or leeway in its interpretation, implementation or use.”

  • Letter to the Editor

    On the Religion page of the Jan. 26, edition of The Leader-Union, the Rev. Kurt Simon has written another scholarly article.
    The passage he refers to in Luke 14:25-26 has always confounded and disturbed me. How does “hating your family” square with the loving Jesus I was taught. Another similarly confusing text is in Matthew 10:34, where Jesus is quoted as saying, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” This seems to be at odds with his name of the Prince of Peace.

  • Enough is enough!

    When is enough enough?
    When is Gov. Pat Quinn going to stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and disabled people of Fayette County?
    First, he was trying to close our prison, then our agronomy center and now the human services office. I urge you to contact your representatives in Springfield.
    I think people in Springfield think that the people in Fayette County are dumb.
    And if nothing else works to stop the governor, remember him and the other politicians when you're in the voting booth.

  • Neil Clark explains vote on tax levy

    Editor's Note: Vandalia Alderman Neil Clark read this letter at Monday's city council meeting. He also submitted it as a letter to the editor.
    This city council will vote tonight to approve or disapprove a tax levy for the city for the fiscal year of 2011.
    On Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., the council held a public meeting to discuss the tax levy for the 2011 fiscal year. The auditor for the city, Dale Timmermann, was present to be questioned and to answer questions regarding the proposed tax levy.