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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Give thanks to veterans for their unselfish service

    Editor,
    November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a day to remember all veterans who have served our country in the military, protecting and defending our great nation.
    If it were not for these veterans, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have.
    So, on this day when you bump into a veteran, please tell him or her, “Thank you for your unselfish service.”
    It takes sacrifice and dedication to serve in the military. These two attributes are why our military members and veterans are the best in the world.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little boy, in a photo taken in 1950, graduated from Nokomis High School and is now a farmer in the Fillmore area.

  • Moulton history can be traced back

    One of my volunteer jobs for the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society is to print any books being published, as well as back issues of our genealogy publication, ‘Fayette Facts.”
    Not long ago, I was called upon to reprint a back issue, since our copies on hand had dropped. I cranked up the society’s Risograph and began to feed the pages through.
    Generally, while I’m standing at the machine, I read what is being printed, and in this particular book, Betty Jane Kyle had submitted information on her Moulton family.

  • KC president asks the public for help

    Dr. Penny Quinn
    Kaskaskia College President

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two boys who were attending a local day care center enjoy swinging on a tire swing by the lake.

  • State needs to act on a new budget

    When Bruce Rauner was campaigning for governor, he said that he wanted to shake up state government. He has done that, but not in the way that he envisioned.
    A budget impasse has caused monumental problems in Illinois. State agencies aren't receiving the funds they need to provide necessary services to Illinois residents, vendors aren't being paid, and the list goes on.
    Those affected by the impasse, Mayor Rick Gottman pointed out at Monday's city council meeting, include municipalities that are owed various types of funds by the state.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings were born and reared in Fayette County. She is married with two sons, and he has three sons. They have two brothers and two sisters, and both work in the St. Elmo area.