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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Important to understand information surrounding ACA advisor

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

When I first heard about a supposed “Obamacare” architect making controversial comments, I personally didn’t pay too close attention to the story at first. But when President Barack Obama made his first comments about this person last week, I thought it was important that our readers get an understanding of what is going on here. It all started when videos of MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber were shown with him

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  • Missouri’s resolution on gay marriage overturned last week in K.C.

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    In 2004, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that excluded gay men and lesbians from marrying in Missouri. This measure was upheld until last week when U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith ruled in Kansas City, Mo. that same-sex couple can now obtain marriage licenses. This ruling came after a Jackson County lawsuit was filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri on behalf of two

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  • Voters participating in election process might be in the minority

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:14 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    On early Wednesday morning, many area voters are picking up a copy of The Vandalia Leader and checking out our website or Facebook page to get the latest results on the 2014 elections. Regardless of what political party you favored on election day, my hope is that you participated in the voting process. Unfortunately, if you did vote, you might have been in the minority. During the 2010 elections, only

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  • Tough losing another member of the “greatest generation”

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    We lost another member of the “greatest generation” this past week when Joseph Arch Middleton, formerly of Laddonia, passed away. Through the years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to meet and interview many people. While I’ve been thankful to meet many professional athletes and many local residents who have went on to do some amazing things in their lives, my interview in June 2009 with Arch is by far

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  • Ebola outbreak concern grows as more deaths are reported

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    By now, many Vandalia area residents have read several concerning reports in regards to the recent outbreak of Ebola cases, both in the U.S. and worldwide. According to a New York Times article entitled “Ebola Facts: How Many Health Care Workers Have Contracted Ebola?,” 233 of 400 workers from West Africa have died in this outbreak. There have been 16 cases outside of West Africa, with three fatalities. There are

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  • Mourning after the loss of my “granny,” Annetta Warner

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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    When I woke up this past Sunday morning, the day felt like most other Sundays where our family begins rushing around the house to get ready for church. Then I received a phone call that brought things to a halt. My family back in Maryland was informing me that my grandmother, Annetta Warner, would likely not live through the day. We recently were told she may have a year to

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  • Adrian Peterson case reopens discussion on child discipline

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    The Minnesota Vikings future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson was booked last week and later posting bond after being indicted by a grand jury on charges for reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest as photos of his four year old son were viewed by a grand jury showing injuries the young boy suffered after Peterson admittedly used a switch (tree

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