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Today's Opinions

  • Come to Vandalia for good olde tyme

    The Christmas decorations are up, the city's tree is in place at the top of Gallatin Street and the merchants have their stores stocked with all sorts of Christmas presents.
    It's Christmas time in Vandalia!
    This Friday's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration officially kicks off the of the holiday season in Vandalia. Events run from 5-9 p.m. in stores throughout the downtown area. You'll find special pricing, fully stocked shelves and helpful merchants, ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1957 at age 20 while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, has lived in Fayette County all his life.

  • Every day is good day to remember veterans

    By James E. Koutz
    When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors. But Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often-times, life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis.

  • 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.

  • 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.