Today's Opinions

  • Gettysburg vets gather for reunion in 1913

    In 1913, the state of Pennsylvania, under Gov. John K. Tener, hosted a soldiers' reunion at Gettysburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle.

  • Irresponsible acts have consequences

    Sometimes responsibility is a hard lesson to learn. It often takes a session or two in the school of hard knocks for it to sink in.
    And so, for some of the young people who have enjoyed congregating in Vandalia’s municipal parking lots, the lesson has begun.

  • Letter to the Editor

    It seems that every year that passes it becomes harder to distinguish between the two parties. Yes, there is good rhetoric by both sides, but after the dust settles, it seems that nothing changes and our nation continually gets worse. All this time, the electorate seems content to blame the opposing side, starting it all over again – rhetoric, blame and poor results. It seems that we don’t have a good option to vote for; always voting for the lesser evil.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins both graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Justice dukes it out with Illinois governor

    As I mentioned in last week’s article, I am a volunteer at the Vandalia Statehouse. In doing so, I have learned some interesting history – not only of the building and of the artifacts housed there, but of the men who were officeholders during the years 1819 to 1839.

  • Make an effort to vote in primary

    Next Tuesday, citizens in Fayette County – and all across Illinois – have the privilege of controlling their own destiny.
    By taking 15 minutes of their time, driving a few miles out of their way and engaging their brain for a few minutes, they can make a difference.
    They can vote.
    Tuesday’s primary election, while it doesn’t have many contested races, it is the first step in determining the makeup of our general election races this fall.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital donated $38,000 to purchase new laparoscopic equipment.
    Fayette County Hospital held its first-ever health fair.
    Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball players Seth VonBehren and Zach Gummert were  named MVPs.
    Brownstown beat Mulberry Grove 15-13 and 15-10 in the eighth-grade volleyball regionals on Tuesday in Ramsey.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Jones of Salem were to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 18.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Paula (Smith) Roach, Debbie (Little) Smith, Jon Smith and David Little.
    Identifying them were: Juanita Workman, Robert and Helen Smith, Dee Filer, Judy Kaiser and the Bones.
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