Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Route 51 through Ramsey was closed for about five hours early Sunday morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle on the curve just north of town and wrecked. The accident caused the spill of about 4,200 gallons of crude oil.
    Plans were being finalized for Old Capital Settlers Day in Vandalia. Activities included a chili cook-off, crafts and flea market, and husband- and wife-calling contests.

  • Early settlers blazed the trail in Loudon Township

    In 1908, the editor of The Vandalia Union asked readers to submit their Fayette County memories from an earlier time. Several old-timers responded to the request, among them, Miles R. Beck, who wrote of the early days in Loudon.
    Miles was born in Fayette County in 1846, a son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck. Joseph Beck was born in Washington Township, in Wayne (later Holmes County) Ohio, in 1820, and was a widower with four children when he came to Fayette County with the Ohio migration. He was also a school teacher and taught at the first school in the township.

  • Share the roads with our farmers

    They’ve had more than enough time to prepare their equipment for this year’s harvest. And now, after a late season brought on by persistent spring rains and a cool summer, the corn crop is nearly ready.
    As a result, we can expect to see area farmers heading to the fields in great numbers in the next few days.
    That means two things:

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister were photographed about 75 years ago.

  • Movie theaters are not the place to sell beer and wine

    Listening to the morning news on Sept. 4 and reading The Leader-Union the next day, I saw that the Vandalia City Council had a request for a liquor license for the multi-plex cinema to be built south of Walmart.
    This will be voted on at the council’s next meeting, on Sept. 16 – next Monday.
    I was glad to read that at least two of the city council members questioned this request.

  • Park district responsible for pool, parks

    I am responding to the letter to the editor in the Aug. 29 issue of The Leader-Union.
    That letter was headlined, “Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate.” I assume the headline was composed on the content of the writer’s letter, inferring that the Scout House and swimming pool have not been kept up over the years in a timely manner, and “have been let go to die a slow death.”

  • Neighborhood groceries once dotted city

    One of my favorite childhood memories is from the years when we lived on East Madison Street in Vandalia. My brother, Don, and I would search the streets and alleyways of our neighborhood for soda bottles to redeem at McCormick’s Grocery.

  • Sidewalk project is a good start

    If you’ve walked much in the Vandalia city limits, you’re aware of the dire condition of some of the city’s sidewalks. Some are deteriorating. Some are being heaved up by tree roots. And some are non-existent.
    The city of Vandalia is currently seeking bids for the replacement of sections of sidewalks in nine specific locations within the city. (See the Legal Notice on page 10 of today’s Leader-Union for full information.)