• Voicing opposition to proposed sales tax increase

    A “yes” vote on the school sales tax may sound like a reasonable notion if you thought no further than the here and now.
    It could take some of the burden off property owners, but for how long? Only one school in Fayette County has publically announced that it would lower property taxes if passed by the voters.
    If all districts were on board for lowering property taxes, realistically, could the reduced property taxes last?

  • City is fortunate to have such dedicated workers

    We would like to thank the Vandalia Public Works (street) Department for the timely and excellent manner in which they cleaned up Vandalia following the storm on Sunday, June 18.
    It looked as though it would take months to clear all of the trees and debris, and within less than a week, the work is almost complete.
    Thanks also to the Vandalia Park District employees. The city parks were hit hard, and within a few days the park district’s employees had them look as beautiful as they always do.

  • Funding from state for 911 in jeopardy

    9-1-1 is the backbone of public safety and Illinois’ back is breaking.
    On behalf of the sheriffs, the chiefs of police and all the men and women of public safety in Illinois, we encourage Governor Rauner to approve SB 1839. Without that approval, the system will be unfunded at the close of business June 30.
    It’s unthinkable that someone in Illinois might dial 9-1-1 after June 30 and nobody would be there to take the emergency call.

  • Owners need to pick up after dogs

    Vandalia is lucky enough to have one of the best park systems in the country, and also lucky enough to have a great walking trail.
    The park used to be one great place to play, but, today, I’m glad my kids are older, because our parks are becoming full of dog litter, because some consider it a place to let their dogs relieve themselves and just let it lie.
    Yes, I walk large dogs twice a day in the park, but I also pick up after them.

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  • Good luck, Vandals

    Two Vandalia teams are in postseason action, one at the first level and one in the second.
    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team is in Lawrenceville on Saturday, going for its 23rd straight regional title.
    The Vandalia Junior High School eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Greenville for the IESA Regional title on Tuesday, advancing to the sectional next Wednesday night at Divernon.
    We wish both teams luck as they strive to move forward in postseason play.

  • Challenges to Constitution can be stopped in the booth

    A person does not have to be a pundit on history or politics to know the country is changing. The people were promised “change” eight years ago, and even though the word reeks with ambiguity, it was received with enthusiasm … but not all were enthused. There were concerns, and they have proven to be justified and, as time passes, there are new concerns.

  • Writer encourages prayer before entering voting booth

    Today, as never before, we in America must pray for our beloved country.
    As Daniel interceded in the Bible for Jerusalem, we must do the same for America, inserting the word America into his prayer as found in Daniel 9:4-19. America needs to be turned back to Go.
    With the upcoming elections, we, as voters, must exercise our privilege and responsibility to vote.

  • Just one vote can determine the outcome of an election

    When I was teaching school and there was an election, I would take this “One Vote” paper to classes.
    I wanted students to see how important voting can be, and for them to encourage their parents to vote.
    I’ve voted in 15 presidential elections, and this one is very different than any of those, so much so that many people aren’t enthusiastic about voting for either candidate, and are close to not going to the polls at all.
    But, we must remind ourselves that there are many positions and issues on which to vote.

  • Families of murdered couple release their endorsement

    When tragedy strikes, no one ever really knows what to do next. We learned that first hand when tragedy struck our family in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010, when our loved ones, Debbie Tish and Mike Mahon, were murdered as they slept. The day after, we quickly learned that the person to help us move forward through at least one process, the judicial process, was then-State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel.