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Today's Opinions

  • Second Chance possible by the work of many

    Some individuals or groups wait for a government handout for their particular cause; others just go out and put in hours of hard work to get the job done. The volunteers of Second Chance Animal Rescue definitely fit into the latter category.

    About four years ago, Lynn Brown saw the need for an animal rescue shelter. She quickly got others to join in on the cause.

    On Saturday, Second Chance saw its goal realized, as the members of that group welcomed the public to its new rescue shelter and boarding house.

  • PMJ bricks came from old kiln in St. Elmo

    Over the years I have stockpiled bricks, recycling them into sidewalks around my house and garden. These bricks have come from various places in both Fayette and Bond County.

    Those from the home of my great-grandfather Yund, built in l9l5 in St. Paul, Wilberton Township, are bright red and smooth, having been made from clay found in that area and fired in the kiln at Frogtown.

  • No 'business as usual' is usually hard on business

    When he campaigned for governor about six years ago, Rod Blagojevich promised to change state government. It would no longer be business as usual.

    That is one campaign promise that Blagojevich has kept. Unfortunately, it has been a change for the worse.

    In a term and a half, Blagojevich has drug out the budget process, alienated state legislators in both parties and has even played a key role in the divisiveness of his own party.

  • LaBille earns Congressional Medal for bravery

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph S. LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? The veterans marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor, and his name was misspelled as LaVille.

    LaBilles Medal Of Honor was awarded for his actions on May 22, 1863, when the 26-year-old was laying within four feet of Confederate troops at Stockade Redan near Vicksburg, Miss.

  • IHSA, IPA settle suit over photos

    After months of acrimonious banter and legal maneuvering, the Illinois High School Association has agreed to abandon its efforts to control the states newspapers access to IHSA state championships and the use of photographs taken at those events.

    In a court-sanctioned binding settlement announced Tuesday, IHSA and the Illinois Press Association agreed to four key points:

    Newspapers are allowed unrestricted use and sale of images taken at IHSA events.

  • Relationship with paper spans 65 years

    It has been a lengthy relationship.

    We met when I was in my innocent teens. She had long been accorded stature and respect. I found her exciting, I found her challenging and I always found her, even though I strayed from home.

    She is unique in our small town. She cares about all who make up the community, leaving the larger arena to be protected and guided by others. She is here. And you can count on her to be here.

  • Arthur Wilson a blacksmith, inventor

    I pulled my copy of the 1910 History of Fayette County from the shelf and paged through it. As usual, I was looking at the pictures, and one of Arthur H. Wilson, looking straight into the cameras lens, made me pause.

    He looked like an interesting fellow. And when I turned to the biography section of the book, I found that, yes, indeed, Arthur H. Wilson was a very interesting fellow.

  • KC growth shows need for second facility

    In the first semester in its new building in Vandalia, Kaskaskia Colleges enrollment already has surpassed anticipated levels and the facility is fully utilized.

    It has exceeded our expectations, said KC Board Chairman Jim Beasley. Were already to the point that we wish we would have built a bigger building.

    Beasley, along with Kaskaskia College President Dr. James Underwood, addressed participants at a breakfast meeting in Vandalia last Wednesday. Both expressed excitement with the growth at the Vandalia campus.