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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 9, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two guys are cousins.

  • The Way We Were-June 9, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.

  • Motorcycles are too loud; need mufflers

    Editor:
    Recently, I read in your paper that the mayor proclaimed May to be motorcycle month.
    I would far rather that the mayor had proclaimed May to be “Put a muffler on that motorcycle" month.
    Loren Frakes Jr.
    Vandalia
     

  • Prophets try to profit from 'prophecies'

    Editor:
    I commend the Rev. Kurt Simon’s column in the “Minister’s Forum” in the June 2 edition of The Leader-Union concerning end-of-the-world prophecies.
    His commentary was accurate for those who read the Bible literally, and convincing for those who read the Bible metaphorically. Simon also had the courage to expose the so-called television prophets, who profit from their “prophecies,” while spreading fear and anxiety.

  • Massacre to be remembered

    Early in 1811, the Indians still made annual visits to Fayette and Bond counties for hunting.

  • 'A Finer Spirit' needs to continue

    We all know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got 'till it’s gone.”
    Such is the case with the Vandalia Main Street Program.
    Also appropriate at this time would be the saying, “Look at all that we wouldn’t have had without it.”
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the local Main Street program would be dissolved at the end of this month.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 2, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 35 or 40 years ago at his birthday party, is a native of Fayette County. He can be seen on the streets of Vandalia during the daytime, and he can be seen in any one of three police uniforms in the evening hours.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Hoffman, Pete Bauerle, Gary Bauerle and Freddie Bauerle.
    Identifying them were: Linda Moreland, Danny Donaldson, Brenda Meyer, Peggy Hunt and Lindel Martie.

  • The Way We Were-June 2, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Due to input from people in the community, Mayor Rich Walker rescinded his proposal to eliminate the Vandalia Economic Development Commission.
    Ed Taylor’s performance of a song he wrote won him first place in The Leader-Union’s Talent Showcase.
    Vicky Shaeffer was the championship flight champ and Glenda Lawler took first place in the A Flight of the St. Andrew’s Ladies Open at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club. Peg Harris won the B Flight, and Dorothy Fannin was the C Flight champion.
    Alice Walton was installed as president of the Cameo Woman’s Club.