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Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    I believe that our national anthem should be sung by everyone. It should not be a “performance.” Everyone should participate! We are blessed to live in this country, in spite of its weaknesses, and we should be proud to sing our national anthem out loud.
    When “The Star Spangled Banner” is played, do you listen or do you participate? Years ago, when someone announced, “And now our national anthem,” everyone automatically sang together. No one told us what to do; we knew the appropriate response.

  • Thanks to supporters of OUR PLACE

    Editor:
    Thank you to Panzi Blackwell for the wonderful article about OUR PLACE Youth Center in the July 26 issue of The Leader-Union.
    It's due to the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and foundations of Vandalia made it possible for the youth center to exist.
    Thanks to the many, big-hearted and charitable people who gave their money and also those who gave their personal time to OUR PLACE.
    Patricia A. Sprague
    Board President
    OUR PLACE Youth Center

  • Adopt tree in park to water during drought

    Editor:
    I am writing this to all the citizens of Vandalia who love and respect our city parks as I do.
    I am not usually a person to ask others to do things that I can do myself. However,
    I would like to suggest that we all band together to save the trees in the parks. If everyone would take a few minutes to water their favorite tree (especially the young trees), maybe we can save them from dying during this horrible drought.

  • 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.

  • A worthy addition to the HOF

    Editor,
    Congratulations to the members of the 2008-2009 Lady Vandal basketball team. The team will be inducted into the Vandalia High School Sports Halt of Fame on Sept. 26 at the home coming football game.

  • 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.