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Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    I am writing about the plans to close the Murray Center.
    One of 88 children will get autism. Where are those clients to go? Most of them can't function in society.
    The governor has said that he would put most of them in local facilities. But those are full. If you have a friend or relative with a mental illness, you can relate to what I am saying.
    Most people would want them locked away. Some people would laugh at them and make fun.
    Support the Murray Center.
    Randy D. Meyer
    Loogootee

  • Losing job is devastating

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter in response to the city of Vandalia wanting to give the mayor a raise, and doing away with the treasurer’s job.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    I would like to clarify something that was published in the July 19 issue of The Leader-Union.
    Under the "Our Opinion" section, the last paragraph stated the following: "...but the fact that this was acted on so quickly after discussions began, after one public meeting on the issue, one is left to wonder if, and how, this was all studied and how all city officials, except the current treasurer, came to believe this was the right decision."
    This is not an accurate statement.

  • Could holiday events be combined to hike impact?

    Editor:
    We went to the candlelight tour at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night. It was very beautiful, as always.
    Everyone should take advantage of the jewel we have right here in our own hometown. The downtown streets and shop windows are also very well done. The Christmas tree on top of the Gallatin Street hill is one of the prettiest ones I can remember,  and Lincoln Park is gorgeous.
    A big thanks to everyone that worked so hard on everything to make it so great!

  • Alcohol is bigger issue than guns

    Editor:
    The picture on the front page of the March 7 issue of The Leader-Union of a tactical team training exercise in the halls of Vandalia Community High School is placed  alongside of the column headed “City adds liquor license” reveals inconsistency and hypocrisy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Our freedom isn't free

    Editor:
    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

    Editor:
    It seems that every year that passes it becomes harder to distinguish between the two parties. Yes, there is good rhetoric by both sides, but after the dust settles, it seems that nothing changes and our nation continually gets worse. All this time, the electorate seems content to blame the opposing side, starting it all over again – rhetoric, blame and poor results. It seems that we don’t have a good option to vote for; always voting for the lesser evil.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    This is a letter to any parent who has or had a student at Vandalia Community High School. First, a couple definitions:
    Handbook – “A concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.”
    Guideline – “A recommended practice that allows some discretion or leeway in its interpretation, implementation or use.”