Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 17 in 1943, was born and raised in Shobonier.

  • Get the synthetic drugs off shelves

    An article in last week's issue of The Leader-Union announced that the Vandalia Police Department will begin confiscating synthetic drugs known as K2 and K4, and arresting those who possess or sell them.
    Though it's a move that should've been taken long ago, we hope that it will remove products from distribution that have been widely abused by our young people.

  • Lincoln events are everywhere

    If you are a history buff, this coming weekend is tailor-made for you. Everywhere you look in Vandalia, something historic or Lincoln-connected is being celebrated.
    First, the third anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center will be observed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a special program at 4 p.m. If you haven't been to the center, take a few minutes and see all the information and artifacts that are available about the famous road that terminated in Vandalia.

  • Letter to the Editor

    On the Religion page of the Jan. 26, edition of The Leader-Union, the Rev. Kurt Simon has written another scholarly article.
    The passage he refers to in Luke 14:25-26 has always confounded and disturbed me. How does “hating your family” square with the loving Jesus I was taught. Another similarly confusing text is in Matthew 10:34, where Jesus is quoted as saying, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” This seems to be at odds with his name of the Prince of Peace.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Mary (Catherni) Carson White.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Cham-ber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Louise Low and Dr. Kevin Childers to recognize their service to the community. The chamber also presented a special award to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 100-plus years of service to Vandalia.
    The city of Vandalia began working to get rid of the odor emanating from the city's sewage treatment plant.

  • Lincoln Victory Ball is on Feb. 11

     On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. On the same day, Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.

  • Clymer, Ashdown worthy of awards

    As usual, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has identified two individuals worthy of recognition as it selected its 2012 Abe Award recipients. They were presented their awards last Thursday at the chamber’s annual banquet.
    Honored this year in the non-chamber-member category was retired Vandalia businessman Abe Clymer. For the chamber-member award, YMCA executive director John Ashdown was selected. Both have made significant contributions to the community and are deserving of the award.