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Today's Opinions

  • Schools need support from local residents

    Editor,
    We are at a tough economic crossroads at this moment. Our state government is making radical and severe cuts that affect our schools, our community and, most important of all, our children.
    There are cuts coming down on the schools starting next year that have to be made. I have talked to many concerned parents, and all have their various arguments to what should be cut.
    Problem: what does the school board cut that makes everyone happy? Nothing! Personally, I don’t like any of the cuts, but fact is, it has to happen.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state's economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar pro-claimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state's first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were ar-rested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • The history of the village St. James

    The stories of those who lived through various events and times are referred to as first-person accounts and are my favorite resource for local history.

  • Event yet another benefit from 4-H

    Many of Fayette County’s youth learn many things through their participation on the county’s 4-H program. One of those was on display on Sunday.
    A dinner at the Brownstown Elementary School raised funds for the Fayette County Extension Office and 4-H. It took many volunteers to pull off the dinner, and a large number of those workers were youths who are members of 4-H clubs in the county.

  • City showed kindness to travelers

    Editor:
    I would just like to reach out to the people of Vandalia.
    I  don’t know the names of the nice people and police officer who helped, but I would like to say thanks. Why? Well, we were traveling from San Francisco to Cleveland, to my new home there, with our dog, Dude, a big black poodle.

  • Citizens must be prepared for an emergency

    Editor:
    Last week, bombers were sent to S. Korea and this week F-22 fighters were sent. North Korean officials aren't taking this all as a drill.
    I recommend that everyone who hasn't already made their emergency kit (as suggested by the American Red Cross) should make preparations now.
    I think this should include four weeks of cash and four weeks of emergency food rations. Water rations should be at least 1 gallon per person per day for 2-4 weeks.

  • Resident supports Gottman

    Editor:
    I would like to write this letter about Mayor Ricky Gottman. I have known Ricky for several years.

  • Band boosters moved by support

    Editor:
    Phenomenal! Last week's "Save the Vandal Band" benefit concert, a concert to raise money to help save our high school band director's job, was a fantastic, high-energy event.
    Well over 500 people attended the fundraising event that was co-sponsored by The Leader-Union and WPMB/WKRV radio. The fifth- through eighth-grade bands, under the direction of Sara Berg, and the high school band, under the direction of Tony Hicks, both gave flawless performances.