Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Dawn Clark Netsch, Illinois comptroller who was seeking the Democrats' gubernatorial nomination, visited with Fayette County Democrats at the home of Maurice Trexler, chairman of the county Democrats.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the extension of Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street.

  • Gettysburg Address still one of the best

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln penned one of the most powerful pieces of prose in our nation’s history.
    His 272-word tribute to the men who died on the Civil War battlefields near Gettysburg, Pa., stands unparalleled in American political speeches. Lincoln used simple but powerful words to communicate with the American people – even as the war still raged on other bloody fields.
    First, he set the historical backdrop of this nation’s founding, and the central premise that “all men are created equal.”

  • AFSCME president comments on attack


  • Remembering Vandalia as it was in 1938

    Last week, while working on a research project that required searching back issues of The Vandalia Union, which are available on microfilm at Evans Library, I came across an article in the July 28, 1938, edition titled, "The Editor Cruises Around Town on A Dull Summer Day," by editor Ira Lakin.
    The writer began by stating that Friday, July 22, was a dull mid-summer day with little excitement and nothing out of which to make a newspaper story.  So, he climbed aboard his "bus" and cruised around town looking for a story.

  • Many county residents served in Civil War

    From what has been written about Vandalia in the history books and personal memoirs, our county seat was an armed camp during the years of the Civil War.

  • DOC rep addresses incident

    The Leader-Union story last week on the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate striking an officer contained numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims by Denny O’Malley, the vice president of Local 993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. While The Leader-Union did call the Illinois Department of Corrections about the incident, it did not give us an opportunity to respond to these numerous false claims.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    This young lady, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, married and moved to Vandalia. She has three children and teaches school in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Hardee’s opened its doors.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team took first in the Brownstown Invitational.
    More than 78 percent of the registered voters in Fayette County elected Marsha Wodtka, circuit clerk; Don Sheafor, state’s attorney; Dan Taylor, sheriff; and Gary Blurton, coroner.
    Johnny Houston and Sherry Britt were crowned king and queen of the Patoka Halloween Carnival.

    35 Years Ago