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Letters

  • Remember the basic values that made America great

    Editor:
    If you’re like me, you’re concerned about trends of morality, drug use, political correctness, the family and the honesty of politicians taking place in our country.
    When we forget the beginnings of this nation, it is easy to lose our perspective and our footing, and get far off course.
    Some who are currently in power seem determined to deny the role of Christianity and the Bible in our nation’s beginning, and seem resentful and apologetic regarding America’s greatness and exceptionalism throughout the years.

  • Proposed nuisance ordinance isn't needed in rural areas

    Editor:
    I can’t believe there hasn’t been an outcry against a countywide nuisance ordinance. The proposed ordinance is an assault on our freedom in an already over-regulated United States. It could also be the perfect instrument for a neighbor to harass another neighbor. Who will make the authorities aware of an offense?

  • Vandalians helped motorists

    Editor:
    This is our first letter to the editor. But we have  something that MUST be said to the citizens of Vandalia.
    While traveling on Interstate 70 to a wedding in Defiance, Ohio, our vehicle air conditioner quit working. Being still mobile and running in the 97-degree heat, we pulled off at the Vandalia exit.
    The nearest source of help was provided to us through one of your local merchants at Auto Zone, who sent us to Expert Service auto repair. The shop certainly lived up to its name!

  • Reward may help officials find vandals

    Editor:
    In reference to the recent article in The Leader-Union about vandalism in our parks, it's obvious that this vandalism is happening during the early morning hours when no one is around.
    The way to catch the culprits is to offer a $250 reward.
    That's going to be the only way to stop this kind of crime against our city property. You can bet that someone knows something about this crime.
    A reward would be a good way to bring the perpetrators to justice.
    Richard Briley
    Vandalia

  • Public's help needed to catch park vandals

    Editor:
    I am writing today in my role as president of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners. We on the park board are charged with the privilege of trying to create an atmosphere in which our park superintendent, Gary Oldham, and his crew can keep our Vandalia parks as beautiful and well-maintained as possible.

  • Ordinance a concern to area farmer

    Editor:
    I have lived in Fayette County all my life. Forty years ago, I moved to the country to avoid zoning laws that infringe upon my freedom. Now, the county board is trying to slip county zoning through in the guise of an ordinance. We fought and beat county zoning several years back! I, for one, have a lot of questions about the new proposal.
    “ABANDONED VEHICLES” – I personally do not have any abandoned vehicles, but I should have the right to have a “parts” car if I want one.

  • Skill development centers provide needed jobs

    Editor:
    As the retiring executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, I was extremely disappointed with an NBC segment of Rock Center last Friday. I believe that the segment was not “fair and balanced.” There is a video on YouTube that does an excellent job of explaining how we pay the people we work with in our agency (www.youtube/QD_G8LqdL98). We will also have a link to this video on our website (www.fayco.org) under Industrial Projects.

  • Restaurant on lake not wanted by neighbors

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter as an addendum to my previous letter (The Leader-Union, April 25), as I submitted it before reading the account of the April meeting of the Fayette County Board.
    I was at the meeting, but left after the vote denying Steve and Latisha Mabry a liquor license, so I did not hear the comments of Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel.

  • IHSA race decision was a classless act

    Editor:
    This is really an attempt to understand and an opportunity to vent.
    The situation occurred at the Illinois High School Association Track and Field State Meet in Charleston over the weekend. Vandalia Community High School was lucky enough to have two athletes who qualified for the finals on Saturday. Ben Strobel qualified in the 3,200-meter race and Ryan Ambuehl in the 110-meter high hurdles.

  • Media gives Obama a pass

    Editor:
    The political cartoon in last week’s paper was something that I found to be highly offensive – enough so that it could not be left alone. Some might think that it’s just a cartoon, but it showed clearly how the liberal media has taken a relaxed stance on the Obama administration, further allowing it to push aside the important events that the public should be aware of.