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Letters

  • L-U Tourism Guide to aid promotion efforts in area

    Editor:
    Thanks to The Leader-Union for another excellent Tourism Guide on the historical sites in Vandalia and Fayette County. Tourism is the second largest industry in Illinois (behind agriculture). And tourism week will be observed May 4-12.
    This guide will assist our motels, restaurants and gas stations in directing visitors in our community to the sites. The longer a visitor stays in our community, the more money they will spend.
    Sharing this information with family and friends also will increase the number of visitors to our community.

  • Lake restaurant raises concerns

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to thank all of the Fayette County board members who voted to deny liquor license for the proposed restaurant of Steve and Latisha Mabry.

  • Pay mayor a decent salary

    Editor:
    I have asked before and I’m asking again that the city pay the mayor a decent salary. It is ridiculous what he is paid. Yes, I know he is OK with a small salary, but I’m not OK with it.
    There are reasons why I want the mayor’s salary to be at least $12,000 to $15,000:
    • When it comes time for re-election, I want people to be interested in running for office.
    • Secondly, if the mayor is paid a decent salary, there is less desire for illegal and unethical conduct by the mayor.

  • Schools need support from local residents

    Editor,
    We are at a tough economic crossroads at this moment. Our state government is making radical and severe cuts that affect our schools, our community and, most important of all, our children.
    There are cuts coming down on the schools starting next year that have to be made. I have talked to many concerned parents, and all have their various arguments to what should be cut.
    Problem: what does the school board cut that makes everyone happy? Nothing! Personally, I don’t like any of the cuts, but fact is, it has to happen.

  • City showed kindness to travelers

    Editor:
    I would just like to reach out to the people of Vandalia.
    I  don’t know the names of the nice people and police officer who helped, but I would like to say thanks. Why? Well, we were traveling from San Francisco to Cleveland, to my new home there, with our dog, Dude, a big black poodle.

  • Band boosters moved by support

    Editor:
    Phenomenal! Last week's "Save the Vandal Band" benefit concert, a concert to raise money to help save our high school band director's job, was a fantastic, high-energy event.
    Well over 500 people attended the fundraising event that was co-sponsored by The Leader-Union and WPMB/WKRV radio. The fifth- through eighth-grade bands, under the direction of Sara Berg, and the high school band, under the direction of Tony Hicks, both gave flawless performances.

  • Resident supports Gottman

    Editor:
    I would like to write this letter about Mayor Ricky Gottman. I have known Ricky for several years.

  • Citizens must be prepared for an emergency

    Editor:
    Last week, bombers were sent to S. Korea and this week F-22 fighters were sent. North Korean officials aren't taking this all as a drill.
    I recommend that everyone who hasn't already made their emergency kit (as suggested by the American Red Cross) should make preparations now.
    I think this should include four weeks of cash and four weeks of emergency food rations. Water rations should be at least 1 gallon per person per day for 2-4 weeks.

  • C&S again surpasses expectations

    Editor:
    There is just no way to thank so many people in every corner of our county for their generous response to those in need this year. The collections of cash, clothing, food, gifts and toys were overflowing and overwhelming!
    We would especially like to thank those who gave of their valuable time, to come and help sort, pack and distribute the baskets.
    Perhaps the words of one recipient best expresses the gratitude of all:
    “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved with Caring and Sharing this year.

  • Good picture of child with Santa Claus

    Editor:
    One of the joys I get at Christmas time is seeing children meeting Santa Claus. They sit on his knee, some happier than others, as some children really don’t know who that jolly old elf is, and they shed a few tears.
    However, that was certainly not the case with one little boy. The photo of 2-year-old Hunter Berning that you published in The Leader-Union and The Leader-Union Extra shows an absolutely precious little boy with a smile on his face, showing no fear, but utter fascination with Santa.