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Letters

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A display about Abraham Lincoln’s time as a legislator in Vandalia was installed at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Fayette Water Co. officials announced that the completion of a 10-year project – a new water tower at Wright’s Corner, north of St. Elmo, and a new distribution system for about 1,900 county residents – was projected for May.

  • 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.

  • Protect carriers from dogs

    Editor:
    Dog bite injuries have plagued the U.S. Postal Service for many years. Last year, letter carriers working in Central Missouri, Northeast Missouri and Southern Illinois suffered more than 131 dog bite injuries. In addition, other letter carriers were injured falling off porches and down stairs trying to avoid being bitten. Recently, two letter carriers suffered serious injury, requiring hospitalization and surgeries.

  • 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.