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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 13, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Danny Rubin, Tim Schaal, Keith Ehrat and Susan Williams.
    Identifying them were: Don and Emily Ehrat, Marian Rubin, Charles and Iris Kruenegel, and Sherry Courson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn hwo sedo otn dera odgo skobo sha on tagnavade revo eth nam how nac ton dare meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

  • Snyder was simply the best teacher

    Editor:
    I was sorry to read about the passing of Don Snyder.
    He was simply the finest teacher one could ever have, and certainly the best I ever had. He was always prepared, and expected the same from you. He was caring, patient and kind.
    Most of all, he was devoted to teaching young adults how to think and reason. He knew that anyone who opted to take chemistry and physics at VCHS was willing to not only study and learn, but also would learn to study. He took you seriously, and you certainly took him seriously.

  • Bypass Vandalia to the east

    Editor:
    I’m writing this in retrospection to a letter I wrote to Jerry Payonk back on Jan. 26, 2008  (nearly three years ago). That letter was in response to one of the earliest informational meetings about an Ill. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia.
    I never corresponded again,  knowing full well that the exercise that was unfolding would take years to plan, and possibly decades before the route would ever be built.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.