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Today's Opinions

  • Pay mayor a decent salary

    Editor:
    I have asked before and I’m asking again that the city pay the mayor a decent salary. It is ridiculous what he is paid. Yes, I know he is OK with a small salary, but I’m not OK with it.
    There are reasons why I want the mayor’s salary to be at least $12,000 to $15,000:
    • When it comes time for re-election, I want people to be interested in running for office.
    • Secondly, if the mayor is paid a decent salary, there is less desire for illegal and unethical conduct by the mayor.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Please send old photos to us for use in the Banks of the Okaw column.
    This week’s Scrambler: gitnohn si oot lamls ot wonk, nad noghint oto gib ot pamtett.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. (Voltaire)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – The Fayette County Board approved a six-month contract for Emergency Services & Disaster Agency Coordinator John Adermann, despite objections that Adermann voiced about the new pact. Adermann opposed the stipulation that the ESDA vehicle be kept at the county jail and used for business purposes only. The new contract also included a 11-point list of guidelines, one of which stipulated that all ESDA volunteers had to be screened and approved by the board’s ESDA committee.

  • Keep service in 'postal service'

    Though the battle probably is not over, the people of the United States were the winners when last Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced that six-day mail delivery will continue. At least for the time being.
    The decision came after months of rumors that the postal service had targeted Saturday delivery as a way to cut costs. The proposal had been vigorously opposed by newspapers and other business-related organizations, which feared that five-day delivery would disrupt the distribution of time-sensitive newspapers and business mailings.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Kyle Reiss.
    Identifying him were: Mike and Barb Reiss, and Phil and Linda Rebbe.
    This week’s Scrambler:  setr si a dogo inthg, tbu mdeboor si tis tebrohr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

  • Schools need support from local residents

    Editor,
    We are at a tough economic crossroads at this moment. Our state government is making radical and severe cuts that affect our schools, our community and, most important of all, our children.
    There are cuts coming down on the schools starting next year that have to be made. I have talked to many concerned parents, and all have their various arguments to what should be cut.
    Problem: what does the school board cut that makes everyone happy? Nothing! Personally, I don’t like any of the cuts, but fact is, it has to happen.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state's economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar pro-claimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state's first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were ar-rested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • The history of the village St. James

    The stories of those who lived through various events and times are referred to as first-person accounts and are my favorite resource for local history.