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Today's Opinions

  • Managing state's debt distinguished Ford

    Lately, I have been reading the Illinois sesquicentennial edition of Illinois Gov. Thomas Ford’s book, "A History of Illinois From Its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847," published posthumously in 1854. Not owning a copy myself, I borrowed the book from the local library.

  • Input needed on proposed nuisance laws

    An old saying goes something like this: “Your freedom ends where my nose begins.”
    It’s a word picture of how we interact with those around us. For instance, one person is perfectly free to swing his fist around, but the moment his fist encounters another person’s nose, the situation has changed.
    The blow is likely result in retaliation by the offended party – either in the form of a return fist or in a complaint being lodged with law enforcement officials.

  • Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg

    By Tom Emery
    This week marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the most famous battle of the Civil War. The Union victory on July 1-3, 1863, checked the northern invasion of Robert E. Lee, and is considered the turning point of the war.
    Several Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg, including Lt. Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, who borrowed a carbine from a fellow soldier and fired the first shot of the battle around 7:30 a.m. on July 1.

  • Marshall Watson shares memories of Avena

    Some time back, Andrew Harner of Charleston shared with me some old photographs of his family, very important people from the village of Avena in the township of the same name.

  • We have much to celebrate on Fourth of July

    Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, representatives of the 13 American colonies gathered together to do something radical. In essence, they said, “Enough is enough.” They declared their independence from Great Britain.
    Thomas Jefferson, always a man with a flair for words, put in their sentiments into a document known as the Declaration of Independence. It read:

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured with his younger sister about 65 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township. He lives in Vandalia and his sister lives in Ohio.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.

  • Skill development centers provide needed jobs

    Editor:
    As the retiring executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, I was extremely disappointed with an NBC segment of Rock Center last Friday. I believe that the segment was not “fair and balanced.” There is a video on YouTube that does an excellent job of explaining how we pay the people we work with in our agency (www.youtube/QD_G8LqdL98). We will also have a link to this video on our website (www.fayco.org) under Industrial Projects.