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Today's Opinions

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.

  • Caring & Sharing aids many people

    Editor:
    Thank you for your kind words regarding my accident and Caring & Sharing in The Leader-Union's Dec. 23 editorial.
    We are just glad to be able to still be involved. And we can't say enough for the good people who have picked up the reins and carried on with the leadership and the work of the organization throughout the county.
    We are always amazed at the overwhelming response of individuals and groups, through their contributions of cash, gifts, food and toys for those less fortunate each year.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 6, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting pre-planning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant this week in Springfield.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 6, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three boys and one girl grew up in the Augsburg area. The boy on the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married,  and has one daughter and one son. The boy second from the left recently moved to Decatur, is married, and has two daughters and two sons. The boy third from the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married and has two daughters. The girl on the right lives in Vandalia and has one son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Koehler recalls days as prisoner of war

    A couple of weeks ago, my cousin, Mike Koehler, from Mt. Pulaski telephoned. Mike calls at least twice a month, and at the beginning of this call he asked, “Do you know what day it is?”
    Actually, I had no idea what day it was, although I was fairly certain it was December.
    “December 19,” he said. “Sixty-six years ago today, I was captured by the Germans.  You know that recipe I sent you? That is what I had to eat on Christmas Day.”

  • Volunteers vital to Main Street

    Volunteers were the base as the Vandalia Main Street Program was started more than a decade ago, and volunteers have been a vital part of keeping the program going. Now, they will be more important than ever.
    The Vandalia City Council learned on Monday night that Main Street, because it has lost its funding from the city, can no longer afford to pay an executive director, and that Dana Whiteman, the person most recently serving in that position, has already been let go.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In this photo are the owner, driver and crew of a stock car that raced in Brownstown in the 1970s.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Robert P. "Bob" Meyer.
    Identifying him were: Ronnie and Norma Heather, and John Schaub.
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  • Many challenges ahead in 2011

    We are coming to the end of a year that has been tough for many individuals, businesses and governmental entities.
    In 2010, we experienced individuals directed to take furlough days, being laid off or losing their jobs as the struggle to get our economy back on strong footing continues. Local business owners continued to be impacted by the economy, and several fires put a major hurt on our downtown business district.