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Today's Opinions

  • Our freedom isn't free

    Editor:
    I think that we have forgotten the true meaning of Veterans Day. It is observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and was originally known as Armistice Day.
    Years ago, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Charlie Mills (the former owner of The Leader-Union). He told me stories of bravery and sacrifice made by common, ordinary soldiers.
    Veterans Day was to signal the stopping of the “war to end all wars.” Of course, we know that it didn’t.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Photos are needed. Please submit one.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture lastt week.
    This week’s Scrambler: neo flah fo wonknig thwa oyu natw si gikwonn hawt uoy stum vegi pu fobree uyo egt ti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Judge Henry shares early Vandalia memories

    In 1914, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, the editor asked old settlers to write down their remembrances of Vandalia and submit them to the newspaper for publication in a special issue.

  • Remember our veterans on Nov. 11

    Directly on the heels of Tuesday’s election day, we’ll observe Veterans Day on Sunday. Though they are very different days, they’re bound together by a common theme.
    Both are centered on a key element of our nation: freedom.
    Our elections are a key element in preserving our democracy. We’re free to vote our conscience in our elections – whether it’s in the presidential race or in the most obscure local position on the ballot.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    With the election coming up next Tuesday, I've heard some people saying that they're not going to vote because they don't feel that their vote will count.
    But it does.
    Hitler became chancellor of Germany by one vote.
    It is your civic duty to vote on election day. It doesn't take very long to cast your ballot for your favorite candidate.
    Please get out and vote on Nov. 6.
    Randy Meyer
    Loogoote

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a 41-year-old man who earlier this year was convicted of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of armed violence in Fayette County. McGinnis was found guilty of shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre.
    Travis Blain passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the second straight season as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Hillsboro, 31-8.

  • Your vote counts; vote on Tuesday

    Election day is next Tuesday. Are you ready?
    Have you studied the candidates so you can cast an informed vote? Have you checked their records and their positions on various issues that are key to the way that they’ll approach the job? Have you compared their backgrounds and experience to know if they’re prepared to handle the job?
    If not, it’s time to get started.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehte era heter stendiregin ni eth dogo feli: ginlaren, nagnire nad rignaney.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. (Malcolm Forbes)