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Today's Opinions

  • Conestoga wagons were the way to the West

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, invited readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on his invitation, including one citizen who wished to remain anonymous.
    This writer gives a colorful, first-person account of the covered wagon days. It is from stories such as these that we learn more about life in Fayette County during the 1800s.

  • Public Notices inform citizens

    Though today’s issue of The Leader-Union contains an unusual volume of Public Notices, those notices are a valuable part of each and every issue of the paper.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 6

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 73 years ago, grew up in the Mulberry Grove area.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 6

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, but approved an ordinance setting all alderman salaries at $4,000. Before, half of the aldermen were making $4,000 and half were making $3,600.
    The Vandalia Vandals football team earned a spot in the postseason playoffs by trouncing Shelbyville, 48-0.

  • Reader prefers five-day weather outlook

    Editor:
    I want to encourage those who object to the different weather channel presentation on our cable television to call and register their objection.
    Locally, call 283-3567, or visit the office at 318 N. Fourth St. Statewide, call 1-888-863-9928.
    If enough people act, we may get a change back to more what we used to have – a five-day forecast, compared to a one-day-only forecast.
    Laurie Mabry
    Vandalia

  • In tough economic times, think before spending

    Editor:
    In these tough economic times, everyone is thinking before spending.
    The railroad closed one of our crossings in Brownstown. This created a hardship for the people on the north side of town, especially for the people who walked to the post office and the bank.
    The village did not have the money to create a walkway at the crossing.
    Our children walk and ride bikes in the street because the village does not have the money for sidewalks.

  • Common sense approach missing

    Editor:
    I’m writing in response/support of Mark Luster’s letter regarding the incident with his daughter.  As a graduate of Ramsey High School, I find it very upsetting and disheartening to learn that common sense has been thrown out in favor of liberal ideologies that were formerly unheard of in this part of the country.

  • School board must use discretion in decisions

    Editor:
    The rebuttal  by Ramsey Superintendent of Schools Melissa Ritter only solidifies my statements that it cannot just be a black-and-white issue ("Board says safety is its top priority," The Leader-Union, Sept. 29).
    Did the Ramsey School Board follow what the Illinois School Code states in it to do? Yes. Is this inner-city Chicago, where gang violence and weapons in school is an everyday issue? Absolutely not.