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Today's Opinions

  • Statehouse must not be closed

    Several months ago, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced his plans to save money by closing several state parks and historic sites, we felt certain that the move was a political ploy to gain leverage for other projects he wanted to advance.

  • John Wakefield an early force in county

    Early this fall I attended a garage sale at Rob and Doris Wehrle’s on U.S. Route 51. While Rob took my husband to the back shed to show him some records he had for sale, I looked everything over pretty well, and settled on a box of back-issue Country Living and Colonial Home magazines.

    Happy with my purchase, we trotted off home and I spent the next several days leafing through the mostly 1999 and 2002 issues.

  • St. Elmo project shows initiative

    It's no secret that our country is going through some difficult economic times. In the midst of that climate, many small, rural communities are doing whatever they can to preserve and attract jobs. In St. Elmo, city officials and residents are joining an Effingham man to take on a project that could greatly enhance their community.

  • Vandalia a stop on the Underground Railroad

    The busiest time of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) was between the years l840 and 1860. Untold thousands of slaves were ushered between “stations” on this most secret of roads.

    The main points of entry into Illinois were Chester, Alton and Quincy. It is believed that five separate lines started at Quincy, which had one of the largest organized cells of the Underground Railroad in the entire state.

    For Fayette County, proof of the Underground Railroad has been a little long in coming.

  • E911 approval good for county

    Like voters across the nation who broke new ground by electing the first Afro-American president, Fayette County voters departed from two earlier negative votes to approve funding for an Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system.

    That system, which will be funded by a $2.75 monthly surcharge on county residents’ phone bills, will allow law enforcement and emergency services personnel to respond quickly and accurately to calls for help.

  • Civil War soldier tells of his experiences

    A few weeks ago, my husband, Dale, and I were shopping in a neighboring town when we ran into Vandalians Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht.

    As we paused to talk, Jeanne told me of a document written by her Civil War great-grandfather, Sgt. J.K. Francis, that she thought I might find interesting. She told me it was a description of all the battles he had taken part in, and it included a list of the officers in his infantry regiment.

    She cautioned me that her great-grandfather was not a native of Fayette County, although there might be county men listed in the papers.

  • E911 is worth the fee

    Fayette County residents have the opportunity on Tuesday, Nov. 4, to provide for the addition of Enhanced 911 emergency phone service. We hope that they take advantage of that opportunity.

    County residents are being asked to approve the addition of a $2.75 monthly surcharge to the bills for their landline phones. That’s $33 a year for a lifesaving service that is equaled by no other.

  • Election is vital

    If ever there was a general election where citizens had numerous reasons for going to the polls, this is it.

    From top to bottom, the Fayette County ballots feature a number of races. All county residents also will be casting ballots on the proposed call for a Constitutional Convention and a proposal for the implementation of Enhanced 911 emergency phone service in the county.

    By now, we all have heard or read just about everything we need to know to vote in this year’s presidential race. Yet, there still is a need for some thought before stepping into the voting booth.