Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister were photographed about 75 years ago.

  • Movie theaters are not the place to sell beer and wine

    Listening to the morning news on Sept. 4 and reading The Leader-Union the next day, I saw that the Vandalia City Council had a request for a liquor license for the multi-plex cinema to be built south of Walmart.
    This will be voted on at the council’s next meeting, on Sept. 16 – next Monday.
    I was glad to read that at least two of the city council members questioned this request.

  • Park district responsible for pool, parks

    I am responding to the letter to the editor in the Aug. 29 issue of The Leader-Union.
    That letter was headlined, “Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate.” I assume the headline was composed on the content of the writer’s letter, inferring that the Scout House and swimming pool have not been kept up over the years in a timely manner, and “have been let go to die a slow death.”

  • Neighborhood groceries once dotted city

    One of my favorite childhood memories is from the years when we lived on East Madison Street in Vandalia. My brother, Don, and I would search the streets and alleyways of our neighborhood for soda bottles to redeem at McCormick’s Grocery.

  • Sidewalk project is a good start

    If you’ve walked much in the Vandalia city limits, you’re aware of the dire condition of some of the city’s sidewalks. Some are deteriorating. Some are being heaved up by tree roots. And some are non-existent.
    The city of Vandalia is currently seeking bids for the replacement of sections of sidewalks in nine specific locations within the city. (See the Legal Notice on page 10 of today’s Leader-Union for full information.)

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by the BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts – the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: The woman in this picture, shown with her two nieces, will be 90 years old this Sunday.

  • Tombstone found in fill dirt, returned to plot

    I was going about my Saturday morning routine when the telephone rang. Andy Craig was on the other end to tell me that a tombstone had been found in fill dirt brought in to level the lot on which the new Habitat for Humanity house has been built on North Second Street.