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Today's Opinions

  • Ordinance a concern to area farmer

    Editor:
    I have lived in Fayette County all my life. Forty years ago, I moved to the country to avoid zoning laws that infringe upon my freedom. Now, the county board is trying to slip county zoning through in the guise of an ordinance. We fought and beat county zoning several years back! I, for one, have a lot of questions about the new proposal.
    “ABANDONED VEHICLES” – I personally do not have any abandoned vehicles, but I should have the right to have a “parts” car if I want one.

  • L-U starts new photo feature

    They bring back memories of the candy section and creaky wooden floors of G.C. Murphy on Gallatin Street and the ice-cold root beer at A&W.
    Because of that, it’s quite appropriate that the Facebook page started by Kathy Schultz is named “Vandalia Memories.”
    And while the Facebook page does, indeed, stir many memories, it’s also a great display of Vandalia’s past for all ages.
    Schultz started the Facebook page a little more than three years ago, and since then, hundreds of old Vandalia photos have been put online.

  • Enjoy the history at Lincoln festival

    In normal times, a person can’t go very far in Vandalia without running into something connected with Abraham Lincoln.
    This weekend, it’ll be downright impossible.
    The reason is that this weekend Vandalia will be hosting an event called the Lincoln Heritage Festival on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse – with spillover activities in several areas of the community.

  • Nancy Snyder Blalock preserves history

    “I am the youngest daughter of Henry and Nancy Snyder, and was born on the bank or near the Okaw River, on what was then called the Snyder Hill, now known as the Dan Clark Hill.”
    So begins the story, written by Nancy Snyder Blalock, for the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, as she joined other old settlers in reminiscences from those earlier times.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1959, grew up in Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Mayor Sandra Leidner presented to the city council a proposed restructuring of the Vandalia Tourism Council.
    Vandalia Community High School senior Marc Sikma signed a letter of intent to play football at McKendree College in Lebanon.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of three lots in the 300 block of South First Street. Mayor Sandra Leidner said she would like to see that area developed into historical park.

  • Managing state's debt distinguished Ford

    Lately, I have been reading the Illinois sesquicentennial edition of Illinois Gov. Thomas Ford’s book, "A History of Illinois From Its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847," published posthumously in 1854. Not owning a copy myself, I borrowed the book from the local library.

  • Input needed on proposed nuisance laws

    An old saying goes something like this: “Your freedom ends where my nose begins.”
    It’s a word picture of how we interact with those around us. For instance, one person is perfectly free to swing his fist around, but the moment his fist encounters another person’s nose, the situation has changed.
    The blow is likely result in retaliation by the offended party – either in the form of a return fist or in a complaint being lodged with law enforcement officials.