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Today's Opinions

  • Don't ride Motown horse too long

    Vandalia’s city administrator last Tuesday night rolled out a number of budget cuts that he was proposing in light of shrinking surpluses and decreasing revenues.

    With that in mind, we hope that the city council takes a long, hard look at the request for an extension being requested for the proposed $300-million sports and entertainment complex.

  • Nurse Mary tells her Civil War stories

    “As a small child, I remember looking up at her and thinking that she was as tall as a tree, especially since she wore long dresses.”

    This comment by her great-granddaughter, Joyce Hamilton, added to the aura of Mary Wren Sharp, who chose to be with her husband during the Civil War, and joined the Seventh Illinois Cavalry as a nurse.

  • Wren Bridge was gathering area for years

    Gary Dycus, from New York City, an occasional Leader-Union reader, e-mailed me recently about a story in his family where his grandmother (Susan Jane Nodine Fair) sold a pig in order to buy her daughter, Lena, material for a silk dress to wear to a special Wren Bridge fish fry. The dress was green and Lena had gorgeous red hair.

    Gary wanted to know who organized this social occasion, how long it ran, how it was advertised, what the people did, what the entertainment was and whether pictures survive.

  • Many reasons to give thanks

    With the economic conditions that we’ve endured in recent months, getting in a Thanksgiving mood may take a little work this year.

    But it shouldn’t.

    In an ideal world, gratitude should be our natural response to the many things we DO have – regardless of our circumstances and the things we DON’T have. Granted, that’s not an easy position to take. Yet, it’s a good approach that produces an attitude of gratitude.

    Here in Vandalia, we have many things for which we should be thankful:

  • Recreation center will be an asset to the area

    As ceremonial shovels were thrust into the ground last Tuesday, a new era was launched for the Family YMCA of Fayette County. And for the city of Vandalia.

    The groundbreaking ceremony, which attracted more than 50 community residents, was the culmination of more than 15 years of efforts to build a community recreation center in Vandalia.

  • Firing of chief may cost city

    A dismissal that had its beginnings in a case involving tall grass may eventually land the city of St. Elmo in deep weeds.

    For 16 years – under five mayors – Ken Thomason has served as St. Elmo’s chief of police. From what is known, his personnel file contains no reprimands, no indications of performance problems.

    Then, two weeks ago – after a flap over the enforcement of the city’s weed ordinance – Mayor Larry Tish presented Thomason with a letter saying that he was being terminated.

  • Old threshing pictures tell tale of harvest

    Driving in the Ramsey Creek bottoms the other day, I slowed down to watch the graceful ballet of three Case-IH combines as they performed the dance of "gathering the harvest" in the field below me.

    Chaff and dust rose up behind the combines, fully engulfing them as they made a sweeping turn at the end of the row. The men and women in the cab know exactly how far to go before executing their turn so that the beans are fully harvested.

  • Wyatt Earp named for a Vandalia man

    Most of us have heard of Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the O.K. Corral, but did you know that Marshal Wyatt Earp was named for a Vandalia man?

    Yes, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was named for his father’s commander during the Mexican War, Capt. Wyatt Berry Stapp, whose family came from Kaskaskia to Vandalia with the capital.

    One of eight children of Nicholas Porter Earp and Virginia Ann Cooksey, Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848, in Monmouth, in Warren County, at the home of his aunt, Elizabeth Earp.