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Letters

  • 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.

  • 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.