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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Four inches of snow on top of frozen rain made traveling hazardous and filled local hotels and motels.

    35 Years Ago

    1978 – The federal excise tax on telephone service was to have dropped from 4 to 3 percent on Jan. 1.
    Charles Bowles, county highway superintendent, predicted that the new highway department headquarters on Ill. Rt. 185 would be completed by Feb. 1.
    The Frozen Open Golf Tournament on New Year’s Day was scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.

  • Changing to a new address book not easy

    I think I might just do it this year. I might replace my old and tattered address book.
    I’m not the one to make New Year’s resolutions, because I can make lifestyle changes anytime during the year. However, changing to a new address book is a momentous undertaking, and the beginning of a new year seems the perfect time for it.

  • Irresponsible use leads to cell law

    Though we’re generally not in favor of the long arm of the law reaching into our lives with unnecessary regulations, a new Illinois law governing cell phone use in automobiles may actually make our roadways safer.

  • The spirit of Christmas is all around us

    Many of us would agree that the Spirit of Christmas, the season of giving, can be typified by the jolly old elf himself – Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus.
    I saw the spirit of Santa at Dollar General in Vandalia on Saturday. As I stood in line to check out, I visited a little with the lady directly in front of me, whose cart was fairly loaded. A third woman joined in the conversation and then turned to my new friend, stating, “You have more than $20 in your cart, would you like a coupon for $5 off? I have an extra.”

  • Do your part to boost Vandalia

    With the beginning of a new year less than a week away, this is a time that many people make New Year’s resolutions. Though those commitments often are long on good intentions and short on follow through, they can help us take action on our desire to change.
    One commitment we’d like to see all of us make in 2014 is to do whatever we can to make Vandalia a better place. If our community is going to move forward in the new year, it’s going to require a consistent effort from everyone – government officials, community organizations and individuals.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Christy Sue Perkins Miller Davis.
    Identifying her were: Sayona Perry, Betty Hill, Jeroi Hadley and Mary Daniels.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Procrastination is like a credit card; it is lots of fun until you get the bill.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Fire destroyed Joe’s Never Inn on Saturday, Dec. 10.
    Vandalia wrestlers won the Mt. Pulaski Tournament. Winning their weight classes were John Wehrle, John Durbin and Tim Woolin.
    Max Watson was re-elected chairman of the Fayette County Board.
    Quail Hill, a quail and pheasant hunting preserve, was opened by Wayne Deal and Dr. Charles Johnston.
    Vandalia resident Larry Gehle matched five of six numbers in the Illinois Lottery and won $3,077.

    35 Years Ago

  • Only toughest survived Battle of Trenton

    Henry Ginger came to Fayette County around 1821 from Tennessee with his wife,  Chana, and some of their 15 children.