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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw Nov. 3

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Michelle Philpot Barker, Melissa Philpot Elam, Cindy Carpenter Lutz and Jill Philpot Perry.
    Identifying them was: Cynthia Autenrieth.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht nam how slofwol teh drowc lilw sylulau teg on rufhert naht het drowc. eth amn owh slawk nelao si keilyl ot nidf femshil ni slapec on eno seel sha reev nebe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ post-season playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:

  • Book tells of first murders in Fayette County

    Over the years, I have written about many of the first murders committed in our county,  with the information coming from the “History of Fayette County, Illinois,” published in 1878.

  • Halloween shows city's sidewalk shortcomings

    Vandalia has a sidewalk problem.
    Though it’s an issue that’s been noted by city officials before, driving around on Halloween night underscored the dangerous conditions to which our pedestrians are subjected.
    Young trick-or-treaters swarmed in the streets all along Locust Street and up Shelley Drive. And even though the trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot of Sunset Plaza was off the road, parking and pedestrian traffic on Sunset made it truly scary to drive through that area.

  • Banks of the Okaw Oct. 27, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four cousins were photographed together in 1971.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council took the first step toward changing the city’s form of government from mayor-aldermanic to city administrator by lowering the mayor’s annual salary from $37,854 to $5,000.
    Lyle Lotz, a longtime St. Peter businessman with a strong record of community service, died after an extended battle with cancer. He was 56.
    The Vandalia Vandals defeated Piasa Southwestern, 25-23, to advance to the second round of the IHSA Football Playoffs.

  • Teachers seek support on pension benefits

    Editor,
    I am writing on behalf of my fellow teachers and retired teachers. We are deeply concerned that our pension benefits may be in serious peril.
    Within the next few days, our legislators will be debating changes to the teachers’ retirement system. As many of you may know, our pension plan was already altered last year.
    The changes increased Illinois teachers’ retirement age to 67 for any teacher hired after Jan. 1 of this year. Illinois now has the oldest retirement age of any state in the country.