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Today's Opinions

  • Challenges to Constitution can be stopped in the booth

    Editor,
    A person does not have to be a pundit on history or politics to know the country is changing. The people were promised “change” eight years ago, and even though the word reeks with ambiguity, it was received with enthusiasm … but not all were enthused. There were concerns, and they have proven to be justified and, as time passes, there are new concerns.

  • Writer encourages prayer before entering voting booth

    Editor,
    Today, as never before, we in America must pray for our beloved country.
    As Daniel interceded in the Bible for Jerusalem, we must do the same for America, inserting the word America into his prayer as found in Daniel 9:4-19. America needs to be turned back to Go.
    With the upcoming elections, we, as voters, must exercise our privilege and responsibility to vote.

  • Just one vote can determine the outcome of an election

    Editor,
    When I was teaching school and there was an election, I would take this “One Vote” paper to classes.
    I wanted students to see how important voting can be, and for them to encourage their parents to vote.
    I’ve voted in 15 presidential elections, and this one is very different than any of those, so much so that many people aren’t enthusiastic about voting for either candidate, and are close to not going to the polls at all.
    But, we must remind ourselves that there are many positions and issues on which to vote.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ postseason playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl went to school in Ramsey. She has two children, a boy and a girl, and she works at Med-Line in Vandalia.
    Do you know her? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Use nature to forecast the weather

    I can remember sitting at the supper table one evening at Grandma Spires’ house in Bingham when her older brother, Wilber Meyer, made the comment that his ducks were moving about more than usual – a sure sign of rain. And rain it did, the next day.
    A few days later, while finishing the last of my outdoor chores, I chanced to look up and the moon had a pretty large ring around it – another sign of rain. In fact, the size of the circle can tell you when the rain will arrive.

  • VOTE!

    If this general election doesn't get you out to vote, probably none in your lifetime will.
    We have a lot at stake in next Tuesday's election, both nationally and locally.
    Of course, at the top of the ballot is the U.S. presidency, a hotly contested race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
    And, further down the ballot are the local races, some important races.
    Fayette County residents have been given a choice for three county offices – state's attorney, circuit clerk and coroner.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of postseason playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.