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Today's Opinions

  • Lake restaurant raises concerns

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to thank all of the Fayette County board members who voted to deny liquor license for the proposed restaurant of Steve and Latisha Mabry.

  • Flooding shows need for fixes

    Once again, weather patterns have stacked up to bring significant precipitation to Fayette County.
    And once again, that precipitation has produced widespread flooding. Local streams, as well as the Kaskaskia River, were well out of their banks over the weekend – with the Kaskaskia rising to near-record levels.

  • Ramsey bank note dates back to 1929

    Several years ago, my friend, Roger Boye, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston mailed me a $20 bill.
    Although it looked like a Federal Reserve note, it wasn’t. Nor was it a Silver Certificate.  The words "National Currency" appeared at the top, with the much-recognized portrait of Andrew Jackson centered on the face of the bill.

  • Protect carriers from dogs

    Editor:
    Dog bite injuries have plagued the U.S. Postal Service for many years. Last year, letter carriers working in Central Missouri, Northeast Missouri and Southern Illinois suffered more than 131 dog bite injuries. In addition, other letter carriers were injured falling off porches and down stairs trying to avoid being bitten. Recently, two letter carriers suffered serious injury, requiring hospitalization and surgeries.

  • Pay mayor a decent salary

    Editor:
    I have asked before and I’m asking again that the city pay the mayor a decent salary. It is ridiculous what he is paid. Yes, I know he is OK with a small salary, but I’m not OK with it.
    There are reasons why I want the mayor’s salary to be at least $12,000 to $15,000:
    • When it comes time for re-election, I want people to be interested in running for office.
    • Secondly, if the mayor is paid a decent salary, there is less desire for illegal and unethical conduct by the mayor.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Please send old photos to us for use in the Banks of the Okaw column.
    This week’s Scrambler: gitnohn si oot lamls ot wonk, nad noghint oto gib ot pamtett.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. (Voltaire)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – The Fayette County Board approved a six-month contract for Emergency Services & Disaster Agency Coordinator John Adermann, despite objections that Adermann voiced about the new pact. Adermann opposed the stipulation that the ESDA vehicle be kept at the county jail and used for business purposes only. The new contract also included a 11-point list of guidelines, one of which stipulated that all ESDA volunteers had to be screened and approved by the board’s ESDA committee.

  • Keep service in 'postal service'

    Though the battle probably is not over, the people of the United States were the winners when last Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced that six-day mail delivery will continue. At least for the time being.
    The decision came after months of rumors that the postal service had targeted Saturday delivery as a way to cut costs. The proposal had been vigorously opposed by newspapers and other business-related organizations, which feared that five-day delivery would disrupt the distribution of time-sensitive newspapers and business mailings.