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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were Oct. 6

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, but approved an ordinance setting all alderman salaries at $4,000. Before, half of the aldermen were making $4,000 and half were making $3,600.
    The Vandalia Vandals football team earned a spot in the postseason playoffs by trouncing Shelbyville, 48-0.

  • Reader prefers five-day weather outlook

    Editor:
    I want to encourage those who object to the different weather channel presentation on our cable television to call and register their objection.
    Locally, call 283-3567, or visit the office at 318 N. Fourth St. Statewide, call 1-888-863-9928.
    If enough people act, we may get a change back to more what we used to have – a five-day forecast, compared to a one-day-only forecast.
    Laurie Mabry
    Vandalia

  • In tough economic times, think before spending

    Editor:
    In these tough economic times, everyone is thinking before spending.
    The railroad closed one of our crossings in Brownstown. This created a hardship for the people on the north side of town, especially for the people who walked to the post office and the bank.
    The village did not have the money to create a walkway at the crossing.
    Our children walk and ride bikes in the street because the village does not have the money for sidewalks.

  • Common sense approach missing

    Editor:
    I’m writing in response/support of Mark Luster’s letter regarding the incident with his daughter.  As a graduate of Ramsey High School, I find it very upsetting and disheartening to learn that common sense has been thrown out in favor of liberal ideologies that were formerly unheard of in this part of the country.

  • School board must use discretion in decisions

    Editor:
    The rebuttal  by Ramsey Superintendent of Schools Melissa Ritter only solidifies my statements that it cannot just be a black-and-white issue ("Board says safety is its top priority," The Leader-Union, Sept. 29).
    Did the Ramsey School Board follow what the Illinois School Code states in it to do? Yes. Is this inner-city Chicago, where gang violence and weapons in school is an everyday issue? Absolutely not.

  • First murder in Ramsey never solved

    The first murder of Ramsey Township took place early in the evening of Nov. 22, 1872.  It was a cowardly act, and the perpetrator was never found and charged.
    Thomas Francis "Frank" Little was sitting in the front room of his home with his sisters, Laura, Sarah Deborah and 12-year-old Emily. A lamp was lit, and Frank and the girls were seated around the room, spending the evening in song.

  • Information on suicide given at school program

    Suicide. Few other topics leave us with more questions and fewer answers.
    It’s a problem that isn’t discussed enough to allow us to understand the causes, let alone give us tools to help prevent those around us from seeing it as a way out when the going gets tough.
    Dr. Elizabeth Laden-Gross hopes to change all that.
    A volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Laden-Gross will be addressing students, teachers and community residents in Farina and Vandalia next week.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.