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Letters

  • Blood donors come out in bad weather

    Editor:
    My compliments to the people of our community.
    The local Rotary Club sponsors a Red Cross blood drive six times a year, with Howard White and Larry Cable serving as co-chairmen.
    The last one was Tuesday, Jan. 21. As you may remember, it was a very cold, blustery day, with snow and ice

  • Explicit lyrics aren't appropriate at school

    Editor:
    All of the patrons at last Friday night’s Vandalia Community High School boys junior varsity basketball game got quite a shock. I am not talking about a last-second buzzer-beater – or anything to do with the game, for that matter.

  • Winter storm brings out area's hospitality

    Editor:
    On Sunday, Jan. 5, two of our adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, ages 3 months and 3 years, were returning home to Mississippi from a belated Christmas holiday at our daughter’s home in Decatur. They tried to beat the winter storm, but got caught just outside of Farina on County Road 2400E and became trapped in a snow bank.

  • Support your local hospital

     

    Editor:

    I'm writing because of some comments I've heard about Fayette County Hospital. We are lucky to have a hospital that size.

  • AFSCME president comments on attack

    Editor:

  • DOC rep addresses incident

    Editor:
    The Leader-Union story last week on the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate striking an officer contained numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims by Denny O’Malley, the vice president of Local 993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. While The Leader-Union did call the Illinois Department of Corrections about the incident, it did not give us an opportunity to respond to these numerous false claims.

  • Volunteers needed to drive seniors

    Editor:

  • Support our veterans and our military

    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day will be here.  This day is set aside to recognize our veterans for their service and duty. I ask that on this day that everyone thank every veteran they see. Because of these veterans,  we have a great democracy and keep it secured.

  • Speaker request shows bureaucratic nightmare

    Editor:
    When you are 76 years old and still feel the need to make a difference, it is more difficult to achieve that ambition. I live in a small world with few responsibilities beyond getting out of the fast lane.

  • County board meeting was a 'spectacle'

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to inform the public about the spectacle that was the Fayette County Board meeting on Sept.10. Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel presided over the meeting with an iron fist in the tradition of Lenin, Stalin or Castro. I am comparing him to these dictators because,  apparently, Knebel does not believe in the right of free speech. When discussion began about the liquor license and many people started talking, Knebel told everyone to be quiet and that everyone would have a chance to speak.