Today's Opinions

  • Youth Court may offer alternative

    When Fayette County youths run afoul of the law, they soon may find themselves at the mercy of their peers.
    Though it’s a different method of meting out justice, a new structure called Youth Court offers an alternative that just might work.

  • Change school culture

    I read the latest article about the concerns of control of schools need to be at the local level. The state and the federal government continue to exercise control of how education money is spent. Is that really such a bad thing?
    I have respect for Vandalia Community Schools Superintendent Rich Well. He is one of the few people in this city that will return your emails and phone calls. There are elected officials in this town who don’t return emails and answer letters.

  • Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate

    I am writing this letter in answer to the debate regarding the Vandalia swimming pool repairs. The park superintendent's plan of "letting it die a slow death" is distressing and disappointing to me.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two cousins were in a wedding that took place 50 years ago.

  • 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