Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor

    I believe that our national anthem should be sung by everyone. It should not be a “performance.” Everyone should participate! We are blessed to live in this country, in spite of its weaknesses, and we should be proud to sing our national anthem out loud.
    When “The Star Spangled Banner” is played, do you listen or do you participate? Years ago, when someone announced, “And now our national anthem,” everyone automatically sang together. No one told us what to do; we knew the appropriate response.

  • Levi Davis left mark on Vandalia

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back, I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale.

  • Ward boundaries need adjustment

    It’s unlikely that the Vandalia City Council will act on Treasurer Marjorie Blythe’s recommendation to cut the number of city aldermen from eight to four. And while that suggestion may not spur any action, it should at least remind city officials that they should consider some action on the areas that aldermen represent.
    City officials talked several years ago about a study that would ultimately result in new boundaries for the four city wards.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy is now 78 years old. He has lived in Fayette and Bond counties his entire life.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle denied a motion filed by attorneys for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton that asked for new DNA tests on evidence from the 1991 murder scene.
    WARECO employees Stacy Younker and Cody Miller prevented a disaster when they quickly extinguished a fire at one of the gas pumps at the station on West Gallatin Street.
    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Cunningham survived capture by Indians

    Phebe Tucker and Thomas Cunningham were married at Prickett’s Fort on the Monongalia River in April 1776.
    As a young family, they settled near Thomas’ brother, Edward Cunningham, with their log cabins being 60 feet apart on Bingamon Creek. The nearest settlement was 10 miles away.

  • New water source worth considering

    With the Kaskaskia River shrinking to a trickle and Vandalia Lake levels dropping due to this summer’s drought, it’s a prime time to think about alternative water sources. Add to those woes the ongoing problems the city has had keeping its river intake functioning, and the possibility of another source is particularly attractive.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to allow para-sailing at Vandalia Lake. The city would have five licenses, with the cost of a license being $500.
    The Vandalia Main Street Program executive board held a public reception for its first program manager, Carole White.
    Alvin and Georgia Meyer of Vandalia were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Lyda Ecke, a longtime resident of Vandalia, was celebrating her 100th birthday.