Today's Opinions

  • Remember vets on Memorial Day

    On Monday, our nation will pause to observe Memorial Day. We'll have a day off from work and we'll probably have a picnic with our family.
    After all, that's what the holiday is all about, right? It's the end of school. It's the kick-off to summer.
    Wrong. Memorial Day is much more than those things. It's a day we've set aside to remember those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to secure our nation. Many of those paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives so that we can be free.

  • Inns, taverns and hotels vital in local history

    Recently I have been looking into the history of a building in Vandalia’s business district – or rather, the history of the lot on which it stands.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson was named assistant regional superintendent of schools, effective at the end of August.
    Vandalia hosted the Pioneer Sectional ACBL Bridge tournament, attracting 120 players.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – A weekend storm dumped close to an inch of rain in the area. Accompanying the rain was hail on Friday and high winds on Sunday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Submit old photos for use in the Banks of the Okaw.
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    This week’s Scrambler: fi ouy natw royu drinlech ot runt tou lewl, densp witec sa humc meit twih meht nad fahl sa cuhm yemno no ehtm.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • 'Where are they now?' feature begins in L-U

    Year after year, a hundred (or so) students graduate from Vandalia Community High School. They walk across the stage, receive their diploma and – for many – they walk right out of our lives.
    For some graduates, we’re able to keep up with their schooling and career because we have special ties to them or their family. But for most, we’re unable to keep any kind of connection. They just disappear.

  • Sheafor a good choice for judge

    When Judge S. Gene Schwarm was appointed to the Fifth District Appellate Court, the question turned to who would replace him as Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge.
    The appointment last Friday of M. Don Sheafor Jr. answered that speculation. And it elevated an attorney with a long and distinguished legal career in Fayette County.

  • Winds of war are blowing

    Beware! The winds of war are blowing across the European continent. I don’t mean to sound like Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds." Russian armies have proven themselves at Stalingrad in 1942. Stalin was no better than Hitler; he killed 50 million of his own people. In World War II, Russia could sweep across Europe in a matter of weeks. It happened in the 1930s. Putin is another Stalin.
    The U.S. is down-sizing its military forces, just like in the '30s. Will Russian tanks be rolling down streets of Vandalia?

  • Using capital funds to meet payroll is wrong

    After reading the account of the last county board meeting I was very upset. I thought the board was elected to act on behalf of the citizens of the county and provide the leadership needed to see that the county is operated as efficiently as possible.
    I know that this is a thankless job, but when the only alternative to improve the county’s financial situation is to arrest more citizens – we have a problem!