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Today's Opinions

  • Opportunities lost by IHSA decisions

    There’s something about unrealized potential that prompts a strong emotional reaction.
    When it’s caused by a lack of effort or discipline, it makes us mad. When it’s caused by seemingly random circumstances, it makes us sad.
    But when it’s caused by ill-conceived and apparently cold-hearted decisions by those in authority, it makes us furious.
    Such was a decision made by Illinois High School Association officials at Saturday’s soggy state track meet.

  • Media gives Obama a pass

    Editor:
    The political cartoon in last week’s paper was something that I found to be highly offensive – enough so that it could not be left alone. Some might think that it’s just a cartoon, but it showed clearly how the liberal media has taken a relaxed stance on the Obama administration, further allowing it to push aside the important events that the public should be aware of.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Eight Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament – Ty Kidd, Louis Smith, Adam Lape, Anthony Lach, Scott Street, Matt Emerick and Jason Clay.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls, shown as teenagers in 1948, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left now lives in Southern Illinois and the one on the right moved back to Vandalia several years ago. They were members of a special club in high school.

  • Flanders Field has ties to Fayette County

    “In Flanders Field, the poppies blow.  Between the crosses, row on row…”

  • Band: Mission accomplished

    What began as a sour note in March ended with an emotional crescendo Tuesday night as the Vandalia Board of Education reinstated the position of high school band director Tony Hicks.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This determined-looking young man, pictured about 70  years ago, grew up in Fayette County and attained a position in which he influenced others as a leader of a large organization.

  • Discovery of sidewalk vaults causes stir

    There was a buzz of excitement in downtown Vandalia a couple of weeks ago when workers engaged on the streetscape project in the 100 block of South Fourth Street broke through the sidewalk slab in front of the Copper Penny into what appeared to be a tunnel.