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Letters

  • 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.”

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    On the Religion page of the Jan. 26, edition of The Leader-Union, the Rev. Kurt Simon has written another scholarly article.
    The passage he refers to in Luke 14:25-26 has always confounded and disturbed me. How does “hating your family” square with the loving Jesus I was taught. Another similarly confusing text is in Matthew 10:34, where Jesus is quoted as saying, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” This seems to be at odds with his name of the Prince of Peace.

  • Enough is enough!

    Editor:
    When is enough enough?
    When is Gov. Pat Quinn going to stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and disabled people of Fayette County?
    First, he was trying to close our prison, then our agronomy center and now the human services office. I urge you to contact your representatives in Springfield.
    I think people in Springfield think that the people in Fayette County are dumb.
    And if nothing else works to stop the governor, remember him and the other politicians when you're in the voting booth.

  • Neil Clark explains vote on tax levy

    Editor's Note: Vandalia Alderman Neil Clark read this letter at Monday's city council meeting. He also submitted it as a letter to the editor.
    Editor:
    This city council will vote tonight to approve or disapprove a tax levy for the city for the fiscal year of 2011.
    On Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., the council held a public meeting to discuss the tax levy for the 2011 fiscal year. The auditor for the city, Dale Timmermann, was present to be questioned and to answer questions regarding the proposed tax levy.

  • Shoe box project makes difference for children

    Editor:
    Because of the amazing generosity of the residents of Fayette and Montgomery counties, Operation Christmas Child  was able to send 1,512 shoe boxes  filled with gifts to children  living in war-torn countries, areas of extreme poverty or nations affected by natural disasters.
    No one could tell that the world is going through tough economic times. The generosity of these residents came through once again.

  • Say thanks to police officers for all they do

    Editor:
    It’s Thanksgiving and it seems an appropriate time to say “thank you” to the Vandalia Police Department.
    Leaving Vandalia to take a friend home this fall (after eating beans and cornbread at the Grande Levée), my car stalled. It was dark and I panicked – not remembering even how to turn my emergency lights on. I flashed my flashlight to be seen by passing motorists, and I called 911.

  • Younger people must help our senior citizens

    Editor:
    I am writing to encourage people to help seniors more in Fayette County.
    Most of the seniors are very polite and knowledgeable. The are part of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation” because they lived through the Great Depression and World War II.
    They all have something to offer. They can give good advice.
    But most feel lonely and in despair – especially around the holidays.