https://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Enoch here before county founded https://www.leaderunion.com/content/enoch-here-county-founded <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/may16_2019_enochsjohnwarof1812.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> John Enochs was one of the earliest settlers of Fayette County, having settled here in 1820, one year before the county was established.</p> Congratulations, graduates! https://www.leaderunion.com/content/congratulations-graduates-1 <p> Some have already walked across the stage. Many others will do so this weekend.<br /> It&#39;s graduation time at area high schools.<br /> That signifies the end of many years of hard work, and also a time to move on to the next stage in life.<br /> For some, it means continuing their education at a junior college, university or trade school. For others, it means stepping right into the work force full time.<br /> As they accept their diplomas, this year&#39;s graduates need to take advantage of what&#39;s been given to them to prepare for the future ahead.<br /> Langston worthy of honor https://www.leaderunion.com/content/langston-worthy-honor <p> Vandalia native Mark Langston is proof that hard work, ingenuity and perseverance can result in success. Last Thursday, Kaskaskia College recognized Langston for that success.<br /> The college presented Langston with the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year Award.<br /> Twenty-four years ago, Langston established a marketing and fulfillment services business. Sixteen years ago, he expanded his business to his hometown. And he has continued to expand that business here.<br /> Vandalia Memories https://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-121 <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/16_2019_memories_bbteam.jpg" alt="Kathy Schultz, administrator of the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, posted this photo provided by Ron Williams of the 1960-61 Vandalia Junior High School basketball team. In front, from left, are John Burnside, Mike Kelly, Bob Shulman, George Wright, Marc Shulman, Gary Bennett, Ted Smith and Ronnie Williams. In back are coach Jim Littleford, Joe Ellison, Steve Parke, Floyd Newlin, Jerry Freeland, Mike Hourigan, Walter Evans, Larry Pruitt, Ron Curry, Larry Stine and coach William Schultz." title="Kathy Schultz, administrator of the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, posted this photo provided by Ron Williams of the 1960-61 Vandalia Junior High School basketball team. In front, from left, are John Burnside, Mike Kelly, Bob Shulman, George Wright, Marc Shulman, Gary Bennett, Ted Smith and Ronnie Williams. In back are coach Jim Littleford, Joe Ellison, Steve Parke, Floyd Newlin, Jerry Freeland, Mike Hourigan, Walter Evans, Larry Pruitt, Ron Curry, Larry Stine and coach William Schultz." align="left" hspace="6" /> The Way We Were https://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-234 <p> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; Vandalia Soroptimists hosted a Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training Seminar in Vandalia. Two St. Louis clubs were guests.<br /> Sophomore Michelle Kaiser had two home runs and 10 RBI in a softball game with Sandoval.<br /> Heaton-Heistand Veterinary Clinic opened in Vandalia.<br /> Sgt. John Morrison was selected as Vandalia Correctional Center Officer of the year.<br /> <br /> 35 Years Ago<br /> <br /> Banks of the Okaw https://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-281 <p> No photo last week.<br /> This week&rsquo;s Scrambler: fi uoy cta ni asulu yasw, oyu no&#39;tw teg enwaehyr.<br /> Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.<br /> Last week&#39;s Scrambler: Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity<br /> Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Cy Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Lyle and Eula Haslett, Andrew Crosswait, Madison Losland, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, and Roger Mosley.</p> Voicing opposition to proposed sales tax increase https://www.leaderunion.com/content/voicing-opposition-proposed-sales-tax-increase-0 <p> <strong>Editor,</strong><br /> A &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote on the school sales tax may sound like a reasonable notion if you thought no further than the here and now.<br /> 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.<br /> If all districts were on board for lowering property taxes, realistically, could the reduced property taxes last?<br /> Ingrams saved Schwarm cabin https://www.leaderunion.com/content/ingrams-saved-schwarm-cabin <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jan31_2019_linda_schwarmcabin.jpg" alt="Schwarm cabin" title="Schwarm cabin" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> Some years ago, on a visit to Ingram Log Cabin Village near Kinmundy, I stopped in front of a primitive log cabin identified by the signboard as the Schwarm cabin.<br /> Additional information told that it had once stood near Hickory Creek in Fayette County, having been constructed of white oak logs about 1847. &nbsp;</p>