Today's Opinions

  • History book to include Morton family

    Recently, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Ralph Morton of St. Peter.

  • King's dream must become our dream

    Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most memorable speeches of our generation.
    His “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., crystallized the growing unrest and impatience among black citizens, but his soaring rhetoric that day also painted a vision for the rest of the nation of what needed to happen to bring equal opportunity to all Americans.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – With support from the Vandalia Main Street Program, Katherine Brown and Riitta Maunula-Craycroft began making plans for a Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in downtown Vandalia.
    A Vandalia School District study of the district’s space issues was to come up with specifications on a new school building.
    Robin Orr and Andrew Crothers were crowned queen and king at the Brownstown High School prom.
    Fayette County Hospital was planning an open house for its new surgical area.

  • Nuisance law not necessary


  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers, pictured more than 40 years ago,  worked together in Decatur for 15 years.

  • Isaac Hill produced early map of area

    Last week, I wrote about Paul Beck, who came to the Big Spring area of Carson Township in search of a good place to build a fort. This was around 1805.
    Soon after Beck had determined  what was the best location for his fort, he met a prominent Indian chief, who bid him welcome and professed great friendship. The Indian invited Beck to come and make his home among them, which he did.
    He built a double-log home near the gushing waters of the big spring that he would later be identified with.

  • School's open – drive carefully, get involved

    School’s in session!
    As area students and teachers returned to the classroom this week, the beginning of another school year affects more than their daily schedules. It impacts the entire community.
    First and foremost, we urge motorists to use extreme caution around schools and other high-traffic intersections in town. Students on their way to and from school have many things on their minds, and safely sharing the road with motorists is frequently not on the top of the list. Be extra vigilant, particularly in the hour before school and after school.

  • Remember the basic values that made America great

    If you’re like me, you’re concerned about trends of morality, drug use, political correctness, the family and the honesty of politicians taking place in our country.
    When we forget the beginnings of this nation, it is easy to lose our perspective and our footing, and get far off course.
    Some who are currently in power seem determined to deny the role of Christianity and the Bible in our nation’s beginning, and seem resentful and apologetic regarding America’s greatness and exceptionalism throughout the years.