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Today's Opinions

  • Operation OUTING gives elderly a chance to travel

    Editor:
    Thanks to Operation OUTING, nursing home residents in Vandalia have the opportunity to attend the Evergreen Outreach program at the First United Methodist Church on Mondays.
    Operation OUTING also offers them, free of charge, scenic trips to various destinations in our area. For most of them, these outings are the only chance they have to see sights outside of their facility. Imagine yourself in that situation, where you have to depend entirely on others to get outside the bounds of your residence and see the outside world!

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 7, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    20 Years Ago

  • Responding to emergencies takes guts

    We live on a road with a dangerous s-curve. Over the years, many vehicles have failed to negotiate that difficult stretch. Just before 3 a.m. Monday, another one ended up in the ditch.
    For some reason, I was awake enough to hear the vehicle approaching. Then came squealing tires, a thud and an eerie silence.
    I went to the window to confirm what I thought I’d heard…hoping that my sleep-clouded brain had manufactured the incident. No such luck; I could hear voices yelling for help.

  • Perrysville became Perryville, then disappeared

    A query from B.J. Mueller, publisher of  The Ramsey News-Journal, about the historic village of Perryville, located south of Pittsburg, caused me to pull out my file on this ancient village.
    Perryville was platted in 1817 as the first county seat of Bond County. It stood on the bluff west of the Hurricane fork of the Kaskaskia River.
    The village has long since turned to soil, but to stand near the millstone and read the signboard erected there by Steve Schildknecht in 1990 gives the visitor a sense of the history of the primitive village.

  • Perrysville became Perryville, then disappeared

    A query from B.J. Mueller, publisher of  The Ramsey News-Journal, about the historic village of Perryville, located south of Pittsburg, caused me to pull out my file on this ancient village.
    Perryville was platted in 1817 as the first county seat of Bond County. It stood on the bluff west of the Hurricane fork of the Kaskaskia River.
    The village has long since turned to soil, but to stand near the millstone and read the signboard erected there by Steve Schildknecht in 1990 gives the visitor a sense of the history of the primitive village.

  • Use situation to consider options

    The newly hired Vandalia city administrator's decision  to back out of job before starting it leaves the city of Vandalia facing a bad news, good news situation.
    The bad news is that the city will have to start from scratch in hiring a city administrator. The good news is that the person who was hired just two months ago was probably not a good fit.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young cousins, pictured in about 1935 grew up in the area. The girl now lives in Carbondale and the boy lives in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Clockwise, from upper left: Wilma Rook Kruger, Frank Rook Sr., Frank Rook Jr. and Mary Rook Gebke.
    Identifying them were: Norma Terry, Shirley Mattes, JoAnn Corry, Paul and Phyllis Sarver, Carolyn Grames and Karen Zimmerman.

  • Dudley supports 2nd Amendment rights, too

    Editor:
    We the people need to be made aware of false statements in letters, ads and speeches from Kyle McCarter, the candidate for state senate in the 51st district.
    McCarter states: “I am the only state senate candidate in the 51st district who is 100 percent pro Second Amendment.” This is contained in a letter with the heading “Sportsmen for Kyle McCarter” and is signed by McCarter.