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Letters

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Resident supports Gottman

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Adults must be role models in promoting sportsmanship

    Editor:
    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

    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.