• Teachers seek support on pension benefits

    I am writing on behalf of my fellow teachers and retired teachers. We are deeply concerned that our pension benefits may be in serious peril.
    Within the next few days, our legislators will be debating changes to the teachers’ retirement system. As many of you may know, our pension plan was already altered last year.
    The changes increased Illinois teachers’ retirement age to 67 for any teacher hired after Jan. 1 of this year. Illinois now has the oldest retirement age of any state in the country.

  • Letter to the Editor

    The United States Postal Service is seeking comments on a proposal to eliminate the expectation of overnight service fro first-class mail and periodicals.
    Most local mail would be two-day delivery and, supposedly, the rest of the mail would be three-day delivery for first-class mail.
    The result of this would be a huge consolidation of mail processing plants and a huge loss of jobs.

  • Reader prefers five-day weather outlook

    I want to encourage those who object to the different weather channel presentation on our cable television to call and register their objection.
    Locally, call 283-3567, or visit the office at 318 N. Fourth St. Statewide, call 1-888-863-9928.
    If enough people act, we may get a change back to more what we used to have – a five-day forecast, compared to a one-day-only forecast.
    Laurie Mabry

  • In tough economic times, think before spending

    In these tough economic times, everyone is thinking before spending.
    The railroad closed one of our crossings in Brownstown. This created a hardship for the people on the north side of town, especially for the people who walked to the post office and the bank.
    The village did not have the money to create a walkway at the crossing.
    Our children walk and ride bikes in the street because the village does not have the money for sidewalks.

  • Common sense approach missing

    I’m writing in response/support of Mark Luster’s letter regarding the incident with his daughter.  As a graduate of Ramsey High School, I find it very upsetting and disheartening to learn that common sense has been thrown out in favor of liberal ideologies that were formerly unheard of in this part of the country.

  • School board must use discretion in decisions

    The rebuttal  by Ramsey Superintendent of Schools Melissa Ritter only solidifies my statements that it cannot just be a black-and-white issue ("Board says safety is its top priority," The Leader-Union, Sept. 29).
    Did the Ramsey School Board follow what the Illinois School Code states in it to do? Yes. Is this inner-city Chicago, where gang violence and weapons in school is an everyday issue? Absolutely not.

  • Was justice served by suspension

    On Thursday, Sept. 8, an “emergency” school board meeting took place at the Ramsey School District. The subject of that “emergency” was my daughter, Faith Luster. Faith was an honor roll student in eighth grade at Ramsey Junior High School.
    Faith was expelled for the rest of the semester by the Ramsey School Board for having a weapon at a school function. She is allowed to come back to school on Jan. 4.

  • Summer lunch program successful

    The summer lunch project was a success!
    Once again, the citizens of Fayette County rallied to meet a need in their community. “Summer Lunches for Kids” began in 2008 with a mission to provide children in the Vandalia School District with FREE and nutritious lunches during the summer months when they were not in school.

  • Letter to the Editor


    I need a few minutes of your time. There are a couple of issues that have really upset me through my 22 years of being in the towing industry.

    I would really like you to read this with an open mind and understanding, as if it were happening to you or one of yours. It amazes me that the very minute a severe auto accident happens, people swarm in droves to see it.

  • Letters to the Editor

    There is life after death…twice for the doctor in the story I will relate.
    This is a true story. I recently found an article among my papers. Dr. Richard Eby fell two stories to his death.
    I heard him speak years ago in Troy.
    He was cleaning out his mother’s house in Chicago in 1972, after her funeral. He stepped out onto a landing and leaned on he railing. It gave way, and he fell to the concrete two stories below, killing him.