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Today's Opinions

  • Adoption info searches not often fruitful

    I was 8 or 9 years old when my brother, Don, told me that I was adopted.
    The evidence was irrefutable: I was the only child in the family to have freckles, I was the only one (of six) who had to wear glasses at an early age and I didn’t have a baby book.
    I would say the absence of the baby book was the main proof of my birth outside the family. Also, Mom couldn’t put her hands on my birth certificate.
    When one adds up all the "facts," there are several good reasons why I believed what my older brother had told me.

  • More than ever, we need the hope and peace of Christmas

    It’s Christmas time!
    With Christmas only days away, we hope the hustle and bustle of the holiday is largely behind us and only the warmth and wonder remain.
    Though the holiday is primarily a celebration of the birth of Jesus, it also is a time of giving and hope.
    And it’s an annual reminder of the generosity that makes Fayette County such a special place. As always, the citizens of our area have been amazing in their response to the needs of others.

  • Could holiday events be combined to hike impact?

    Editor:
    We went to the candlelight tour at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night. It was very beautiful, as always.
    Everyone should take advantage of the jewel we have right here in our own hometown. The downtown streets and shop windows are also very well done. The Christmas tree on top of the Gallatin Street hill is one of the prettiest ones I can remember,  and Lincoln Park is gorgeous.
    A big thanks to everyone that worked so hard on everything to make it so great!

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week. Old photos are needed for the Banks of the Okaw feature.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehet era nyma grisbed ot a rebett feli. genlokdew snaphep ot eb eht somt lirbalee.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: We do experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.

  • Death of L-U staffer leaves void in plant

    They don’t make ’em like him anymore.

  • Mahon fought in Revolutionary War

    Thomas Mahon did not come to Fayette County until he was quite up in years. At age 76, he cut his ties with old Virginia and settled his family on the Illinois prairie of Wheatland Township.

  • Attend hearing on water wells

    In August, when the Vandalia City Council first heard a proposal for drilling wells to supplement the city’s sources of water, we said that the well proposal has merit, but we need to make sure we do the due diligence investigation before launching out in that direction.
    Though we know more about the plan now than we did then, we still have concerns about giving it the green light without more information.

  • Holiday activities now in full swing

    Looking for something to do to get you in the holiday mood? Look no further than the Vandalia Statehouse.
    This Saturday evening, the crown jewel of Vandalia’s downtown district will be decorated in its holiday attire, with period Christmas decorations and candlelight transforming the classic structure into a beautiful holiday experience.
    The Holiday Open House runs from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, with cider and cookies being served to guests. Additionally, the first 100 families will receive a unique Christmas ornament.