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Today's Opinions

  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • Account takes trip down Gallatin Street

    In the late 1980s, the late Charles Mills contacted 83-year-old Esther Buckley, saying that he heard that she wrote stories.

    The daughter of Harry Mabry and Ida Fogler, Esther was at the right place to be an observer of Vandalia’s progress. When she was about 7 years old, her father moved the family from a farm to the big city. Esther referred to Vandalia as her “magic town.”

  • Give input on bypass options

    After the process was backed up to give local citizens more input on possible routes for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, the public now has a set of six options to which it can respond.

    The six represent a variety of ways that the bypass route could be configured to move traffic through the community efficiently and safely.

    Is there one that's perfect? Not a chance. Is there one that has emerged as head and shoulders above the others? Not yet. They all have assets and liabilities.

  • Letter to the editor

    Editor:
    The Illinois State Police is encouraging motorists to "think twice” when consuming alcohol this holiday season, as the stakes continue to rise for those willing to roll the dice and drive while intoxicated.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 25, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1966, was born in Pana and now lives in Ramsey. He works at a Vandalia factory, has one sister and has never been married.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Bill (Beeb) Staff, Jim Staff, Dale Hamby and Charles (Skip) Carroll.

  • Bolt family sorts members by jobs

    My column this week is taken from an article that appeared in the Dec. 11, 1930,  issue of The Ramsey News-Journal.
    The article caught my attention because the writer approached the Bolt family genealogy from a different direction.
    Rather than a recitation of all the names in the family, he categorized the family by occupation. How interesting!
    “The Bolt family in Carson, of Calvin, Matt, Abe, Mart and Craft, have given to the educational field of Fayette county 26 successful school teachers, a record hard to beat.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, there’s no better time to count our blessings.
    Many things come to mind: family, friends, freedoms. And if we're willing to be honest, most of us are blessed with material things as well. This year, in particular, we may not feel rich, but by the world’s standards, we are a wealthy nation. Our needs are minimal and our comforts are many.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 18, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Is it any wonder that Greenville College had winning basketball teams back in the early 1950s? Four of the five starters were graduates of Vandalia Community High School, and all have been inducted into the VCHS Hall of Fame. Two of them presently live in Vandalia, one lives in Carbondale and one lives in Arkansas.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.