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Today's Opinions

  • Looking Back
  • Tex Williams is Ramsey native

    Not long ago in a conversation with Johnnie Hicks, he told me he and his wife were the only inhabitants of the historic village of Anvil.

  • Celebrate our history ... while having fun

    You hear all of the time about how Vandalia has this great history that's worth remembering and promoting – this weekend, you can join in the celebration of that history.
    After a two-year absence, the Grande Levée is returning to the grounds of the Statehouse, the building that served as the state capitol for four years in the early 1800s. And it's coming back on its original weekend.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Rick Yarbrough and Mike Hagy.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro etsnrhgt wrosg tuo fo rou ksaeswen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Optimism is the content of small men in high places.

  • Funding from state for 911 in jeopardy

    Editor,
    9-1-1 is the backbone of public safety and Illinois’ back is breaking.
    On behalf of the sheriffs, the chiefs of police and all the men and women of public safety in Illinois, we encourage Governor Rauner to approve SB 1839. Without that approval, the system will be unfunded at the close of business June 30.
    It’s unthinkable that someone in Illinois might dial 9-1-1 after June 30 and nobody would be there to take the emergency call.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Fayette connection to Sullivans

    Since the day Gary Forbis of Fillmore told me that he had a family relationship to the Sullivan Brothers, I have had the “want” to know more and waited for him to expand on this relationship.

  • Theft, vandalism at cemeteries is disgusting

    Many of us like to remember and honor our deceased loved ones by placing flowers and momentos at their gravesite. It's a way of keeping those loved ones in our thoughts long after they have left us.
    But some individuals will sink as low as stealing from those gravesites.
    A resident approached the Vandalia City Council to see if there is anything the city can do to address cemetery thefts. That resident has had four cemetery saddles, flowers and vases stolen from a family member's gravesite.
    Thefts from gravesites is just downright unconscionable.