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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    I am opposed to the proposed 1 percent county school facility occupation tax that will be on the April 5 ballot.
    This is another level of tax revenue for the schools. This tax, if passed, would be forever. The proposal on the ballot makes one believe that the county board requested this tax increase. This proposal was brought before the county board by superintendents from various school districts to be placed on the ballot.

  • Dr. H.S. Short practiced for 45 years

    Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to obtain copies of several early photos of the village of Fillmore, just over the line in Montgomery County.  
    Recently, while showing these photographs to a friend, I stopped at the one of Dr. H.S. Short. Whoever took the pictures was kind enough to identify them as well.  Written on the reverse of Dr. Short’s photo is the phrase, "H.S. Short, 45 years in practice."

  • Campaign sign thefts criminal

    In at least one way, unfortunately, it’s a typical election season. Campaign signs are popping up … and then, they’re disappearing.
    At least that’s the case in St. Elmo, where more than 30 campaign signs have reportedly been stolen.
    It’s unfortunate that we again have to remind people that removing campaign signs, as long as they are placed legally, is not only morally wrong, but also a criminal offense.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 17, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1983, shows four Ramsey High School students – two of whom were graduates that year. The ones on the far left and far right still live in the Ramsey area. The one second from the left lives in Vandalia and the one second from the right lives in rural Bingham.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-March 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Bob Bowen, chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office since 1991, submitted his resignation. He had taken a job with Bowen Cabinet & Appliances.
    The Greater Brownstown Park District and Brownstown Village Board began pursuing the idea of building a nine-hole, par-3 golf course in the community.
    Arthur and Irene Dial were making plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Also planning to celebrate a golden anniversary were the Rev. Dale and Valeria Diveley.

  • Accountability in government depends on existence of strong Sunshine laws

    By David Porter
    Let’s face it. The government really doesn’t want you, the taxpayer, knowing what it’s doing with your money. It really doesn’t.

  • Death penalty cases often expensive

    Editor:
    Regarding the efforts of a number of downstate legislators to restore the death penalty in Illinois, a number of  arguments in favor of doing so rest upon the Biblical injunction of an eye-for-an-eye, or its natural extension of a life-for-a-life. Justice is done. Were it so.

  • Sunshine Week promotes more open government

    Nearly a century ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
    Though he was referring to the need for scrutiny into the corruption that was prevalent in the large business monopolies of that time, his sunlight reference has been adopted in recent years by the media and others concerned about the need for the sun to shine into the workings of our government.