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Today's Opinions

  • Snyder was simply the best teacher

    Editor:
    I was sorry to read about the passing of Don Snyder.
    He was simply the finest teacher one could ever have, and certainly the best I ever had. He was always prepared, and expected the same from you. He was caring, patient and kind.
    Most of all, he was devoted to teaching young adults how to think and reason. He knew that anyone who opted to take chemistry and physics at VCHS was willing to not only study and learn, but also would learn to study. He took you seriously, and you certainly took him seriously.

  • Bypass Vandalia to the east

    Editor:
    I’m writing this in retrospection to a letter I wrote to Jerry Payonk back on Jan. 26, 2008  (nearly three years ago). That letter was in response to one of the earliest informational meetings about an Ill. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia.
    I never corresponded again,  knowing full well that the exercise that was unfolding would take years to plan, and possibly decades before the route would ever be built.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.

  • Caring & Sharing aids many people

    Editor:
    Thank you for your kind words regarding my accident and Caring & Sharing in The Leader-Union's Dec. 23 editorial.
    We are just glad to be able to still be involved. And we can't say enough for the good people who have picked up the reins and carried on with the leadership and the work of the organization throughout the county.
    We are always amazed at the overwhelming response of individuals and groups, through their contributions of cash, gifts, food and toys for those less fortunate each year.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 6, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting pre-planning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant this week in Springfield.