Today's Opinions

  • Book tells of first murders in Fayette County

    Over the years, I have written about many of the first murders committed in our county,  with the information coming from the “History of Fayette County, Illinois,” published in 1878.

  • Halloween shows city's sidewalk shortcomings

    Vandalia has a sidewalk problem.
    Though it’s an issue that’s been noted by city officials before, driving around on Halloween night underscored the dangerous conditions to which our pedestrians are subjected.
    Young trick-or-treaters swarmed in the streets all along Locust Street and up Shelley Drive. And even though the trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot of Sunset Plaza was off the road, parking and pedestrian traffic on Sunset made it truly scary to drive through that area.

  • Banks of the Okaw Oct. 27, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four cousins were photographed together in 1971.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council took the first step toward changing the city’s form of government from mayor-aldermanic to city administrator by lowering the mayor’s annual salary from $37,854 to $5,000.
    Lyle Lotz, a longtime St. Peter businessman with a strong record of community service, died after an extended battle with cancer. He was 56.
    The Vandalia Vandals defeated Piasa Southwestern, 25-23, to advance to the second round of the IHSA Football Playoffs.

  • Teachers seek support on pension benefits

    I am writing on behalf of my fellow teachers and retired teachers. We are deeply concerned that our pension benefits may be in serious peril.
    Within the next few days, our legislators will be debating changes to the teachers’ retirement system. As many of you may know, our pension plan was already altered last year.
    The changes increased Illinois teachers’ retirement age to 67 for any teacher hired after Jan. 1 of this year. Illinois now has the oldest retirement age of any state in the country.

  • Keep kids safe this Halloween

    There will be a lot of scary little creatures roaming around in the coming days. What’s even scarier is the thought of one of those creatures being injured in an accident.
    Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s being celebrated with a variety of activities, including trick-or-treating.

  • Junction Park was an entertainment facility

    I don’t remember much about Junction Park, east of the Kaskaskia River bridge, but it seems that for people just slightly older that myself, many good memories from their teenage years and courtin’ days are anchored here.

  • Letter to the Editor

    The United States Postal Service is seeking comments on a proposal to eliminate the expectation of overnight service fro first-class mail and periodicals.
    Most local mail would be two-day delivery and, supposedly, the rest of the mail would be three-day delivery for first-class mail.
    The result of this would be a huge consolidation of mail processing plants and a huge loss of jobs.