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Today's Opinions

  • A.W. McDonald visited here...and stayed

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about the John A. McClanahan family burying ground, located two miles north of "Twin Churches" in Carson Township.

    Bowling Green, a pioneer village from the 1830s, occupied the site more than 170 years ago, with John A. McClanahan as storekeeper and doctor.

    The McClanahan Family Cemetery is situated on the west side of the road. Almost directly across from it, on the east side of the road, is found the McDonald Family Cemetery.

  • It's time to find solution for intake

    If its not one thing, its another or another or another.

    There have been several reasons why Vandalias new raw water intake hasnt worked properly since the project was started more than four years ago. But, as Alderman Chad Feldpouch pointed out Monday night, the city has gotten very little use out of the intake.

    The citys consulting engineers, HMG Engineers, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have tried a couple of different ways to get the intake working properly, but nothing has worked.

  • What are you going to do with your Leap Day?

    Every fall, we're faced with the question of what to do with an extra hour on the day when we "fall back" at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

    Every four years, however, we have an entire extra day. This Friday, Feb. 29 is one of those days.

    As youll recall from the old Thirty days has September ditty that you learned in grade school, February normally has 28 except in leap years, when we get a bonus day. Absolutely free. No extra charge.

    But what do you do with it?

    And, for that matter, where does it come from?

  • Enloe's ledger records early Bond history

    A couple of weeks ago, I received a telephone call from John Coleman, president of the Bond County Historical Society. His organization had been given an old ledger book, with the title, "Account Book A – Asahel Enloe."

    Members of the society thought it to be one of the old books discarded 50 years ago by the Bond County Clerks office. John asked if I would like to see the book.

  • Security measures are necessary

    As a nation, we've been horrified by the acts of violence that have made the headlines recently. Campus massacres. Violence in our streets and homes. Shootings at public meetings.

    Such violence undermines our sense of security and exposes our vulnerability. For those of us in small communities, those acts are ones from which we assumed we were insulated.

    But were not. As the recent incidents show, disturbed individuals can strike anywhere.

  • Cemeteries mark site of Bowling Green

    About five miles east of Ramsey stands the crossroads village of Twin Churches. Turning left at the corner by the former Reeds Chapel Church and continuing to the top of the hill, about two miles, brings one to the site of the pioneer village of Bowling Green.

    Two little cemeteries mark the site one on either side of the road.

    On the left, or west, side of the road is found the McClanahan Cemetery. Only two stones, for John A. McClanahan and his wife, Susan, are standing. Across the road is the McDonald family burial ground.

  • IHSA still trying to control newspapers

    Once upon a time, organizations like the Illinois High School Association would bend over backwards to get favorable coverage from the press. Treat the media right, and your activities will be covered well, was the thinking.

    Not anymore.

    This past weekend, at the state individual wrestling championships in Champaign, the IHSA made it eminently clear that it dislikes the media and that it doesnt really care if the states elite athletes get any coverage in their hometown newspapers.

  • Closed campus good for VCHS

    Many of us have been driving in the area of Vandalia Community High School during lunchtime when several students, without looking for incoming traffic, cross the street right in front of us.

    That may seem like just an inconvenience, but what happens if one of those students gets hits by a motorist. The school district, because it allows those students to leave the school grounds for lunch, would likely face a lawsuit.