• Citizens must be prepared for an emergency

    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

    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

    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.

  • Adults must be role models in promoting sportsmanship

    Now that the Greenville High School Comets' football season has ended, I would like to take this opportunity to voice some concerns.
    When does friendly rivalry cross the boundary lines?
    I, like many other people, live in Vandalia and work in Greenville. I have heard numerous rumors about the Vandalia-Greenville football game. Our quarterback did receive two cracked vertebrae in his neck, and thank goodness is out of his neck brace now and doing well.

  • Our freedom isn't free

    I think that we have forgotten the true meaning of Veterans Day. It is observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and was originally known as Armistice Day.
    Years ago, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Charlie Mills (the former owner of The Leader-Union). He told me stories of bravery and sacrifice made by common, ordinary soldiers.
    Veterans Day was to signal the stopping of the “war to end all wars.” Of course, we know that it didn’t.

  • Letter to the Editor

    With the election coming up next Tuesday, I've heard some people saying that they're not going to vote because they don't feel that their vote will count.
    But it does.
    Hitler became chancellor of Germany by one vote.
    It is your civic duty to vote on election day. It doesn't take very long to cast your ballot for your favorite candidate.
    Please get out and vote on Nov. 6.
    Randy Meyer

  • Homeless find home at Vandalia's intersection

    Around 2 p.m. on Oct. 23, I was stopped at the stoplight on Kennedy Boulevard preparing to turn left on Veterans Avenue, and lo and behold, what do I see but another seemingly homeless individual sitting at the intersection, but this time with a walker, asking for money.
    Every year, I see at least three or four different individuals from who knows where dressed in raggedy clothing at this intersection holding signs asking for money. Not only is this dangerous, illegal without a permit and unsightly for our community, it is a scam!

  • Lake closure too early for booked users

    Vandalia has a beautiful lake, but it could be a better campground if it was better organized.
    My issue is that in January 2012 we booked the Vandalia Lake Pavilion for Oct. 21, 2012. We were planning a “chili dump and wiener roast,” and were expecting in excess of 100 people from all over the state.

  • Why go out of town for Lincoln impersonator?


  • Letter to the Editor

    Makes sense to me, Marge.
    Ginny Pratt