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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Radliffs were early county settlers

    Nearly 20 years ago, I was in one of the local antique shops on Gallatin Street when two large portraits caught my eye. The portraits, created in charcoal and pencil, obviously by the same hand, were framed and in very good condition.

  • Radliffs were early county settlers

    Nearly 20 years ago, I was in one of the local antique shops on Gallatin Street when two large portraits caught my eye. The portraits, created in charcoal and pencil, obviously by the same hand, were framed and in very good condition.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These five girls, pictured in April 1963, were all from the Bingham area. Though they now live in Ramsey, Herrick, Pana, Springfield and Willow Hill, they remain very close friends.