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  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:05 PM
    The mission of the Montgomery County Health Department is to improve individual and community health in Montgomery County through prevention, education and partner collaboration. This sounds simple but in reality it’s a herculean task for the eight-member staff. Amber Reed, Administrator for MCHD, explained the myriad of responsibilities the department has at a recent Lunch with the League.
    What do you think of when someone mentions the health department to you? “Oh–they inspect restaurants” or “don’t they collect tires?” All true and just the tip of the iceberg. In a nutshell, health departments enforce state and local health laws and ordinances, investigate contagious diseases, administer immunizations, conduct sanitary inspections of food establishments, inspect public and semi-public swimming pools and septic system installations, develop plans for community preparedness for public health emergencies, maintain local birth and death records, and initiate and implement local health programs. Whew!
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Yesterday was the first day Montgomery County registered voters can VOTE EARLY! From Oct. 12 to Nov. 4, citizens can vote in the Montgomery County Court House Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be a number of additional early voting locations the last two weekends before the November 8 Election Day.
    In addition to the offices for President and Vice President of the United States, US Senator, Representative, Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Schools, State Representatives, County Offices and School Board members, there are three public questions on the ballot, including two judicial retention questions. People are often puzzled by these and may ignore. But the vote on whether to retain a Judge is an important part of our judicial system in Indiana.
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  • Thursday, October 06, 2016 8:52 PM
    The 2016 Election is exceedingly important, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible citizens to be sure to vote. This is the fundamental right and responsibility of each citizen. In order to vote, you must be registered, and the last day to register to vote in the 2016 election is Oct. 11. If you are not registered, go to the Court House and register today!
    The LWV encourages citizens to consider voting early to avoid long lines on Election Day. Our Montgomery County officials have coordinated a tremendous variety of opportunities to make voting as convenient as possible for all citizens of Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    “Making Democracy Work for All” is the mission of the League of Women Voters. In this 2016 election year, many activities have taken place and continue.
    Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of all American citizens. In order to vote, one must be registered and the League has been registering voters in a number of events this summer and fall—County 4-H Fair, monthly public Lunch with the League, Green Issues Movie Series and the All-In Block Party Harvest Hoopla on Sept. 24. 
    Sept. 27, was National Voter Registration Day and the League had voter registration at two venues. David Maharry organized Voter Registration at Wabash College at the Sparks Campus Center and at two fraternities. Eighty students were registered, many online and this included students not only from Indiana but also Illinois and California.
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  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    Democracy won’t be sleeping in Montgomery County on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 27! The League of Women Voters in partnership with student leaders from Wabash College will be hosting an all night, 24-hour Voter Registration Marathon at the Masonic Center at 221 S. Washington St. in downtown Crawfordsville. 
    We will be there from 12:01 am Tuesday morning until 11:59 pm Tuesday night. If you are not registered, here’s your chance! It is an easy, fun and unique way to show your support for our right to vote. The process is fast and easy. In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of Indiana, be at least 18 years old (or will be on or before the date of the election), be a resident in your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election date, and not be imprisoned for a criminal conviction.
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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters advocates a health care system that provides access to a basic level of quality care. The fact is that there are still many people in Montgomery County without adequate healthcare because they have no insurance. One person to who can help us sort out our options is local resident Marcie Sands. She is a Navigator/Community Health Worker for ASPIN (Affiliate Service Providers of Indiana) and works with people, at no charge, to assist in applying for insurance. She also follows up to make sure folks know how to use their insurance once they have it.
    ASPIN is a nonprofit network whose mission it to “provide innovative educational programs, resource management, program development and network management in collaboration with all healthcare entities to address health disparities and whole health management.” It’s funded by various grants under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters encourages all citizens to vote. A presidential election year is exceedingly important including contests also for Senator, Congressmen, Governor, state and county offices. 
    Redistricting continues to be of prime concern as many citizens feel “What’s the point?” with districts across the country having been established by partisan interests. Out of 465 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, only 56 are considered competitive. 
    What about Indiana? Not one of the nine Indiana Congressional seats is considered truly competitive. In 2014, 93.6 percent of our elections had candidates who were incumbents. In all, 90.6 percent of these candidates had no primary challengers, and 46.4 percent had no opposition at all. Sadly, Indiana ranked last in the nation in voter turnout in the last general election. Lack of competition is a significant reason for our embarrassingly low voter turnout.
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  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 4:00 AM

    Dr. David Bathe, IVY Tech Lafayette Region Chancellor, and Geoff Knowles, Montgomery County site director, recently presented to the League of Women Voters Economic Health Committee a comprehensive overview of the Montgomery County IVY Tech campus, its extensive class offerings, and the challenges it faces as a community college. The challenges mainly revolve around recruitment, retention, and meeting the needs of the local community.

    In their overview, Dr. Bat

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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 4:00 AM

    “Insurance for the Uninsured” is the topic to be presented by Marcie Sands at Tuesday’s Lunch with the League, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

    Sands is a Navigator/Community Health Worker with ASPIN (Affiliate Service Providers of Indiana.) She works with people, at no charge, to assist in applying for insurance and also follows up to make sure folks know how to use their insurance.

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:41 PM
    The quality of life in our community is contingent on the many services provided by our local government. We immediately think of the police and fire departments as prime examples of agencies that ensure our well-being. Few of us immediately think of play, fitness and fun as an integral part of what makes our city and Montgomery County so livable. In a recent presentation at the August Lunch with the League, Fawn Johnson, Director of Crawfordsville’s Parks and Recreation Department, provided an insightful look at the many responsibilities of her group and how they are able to manage so many diverse programs and activities.
    Needless to say, taking care of our parks is a prime responsibility and at the top of that list is our signature, Milligan Park. This 40 acre stretch of green in the middle of the city is 100 years old this year. It’s important to note that public/private/institutional initiatives are behind many of the attractions in all our parks. For example, Milligan’s Skate Park was conceived of by a citizen’s committee and funded through grants and other means, and the Splash Pad there was funded by Union Township.
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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:27 PM

    Independence Day-2016 marks 50 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect—yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

                The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966.  This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

                FOIA applies only to federal government agencies.  Each agency is responsible for meeting FOIA responsibilities for its own records and for having specific information available on its website.  Each agency must provide clear description of its central and field organizations and places from which the public may obtain information, make requests, or obtain decisions.

                The law has been amended over the years, first in 1974, following the Watergate scandal.  In 1976, the Sunshine Act amendments specified several exemptions, such as national defense.  A Presidential Executive Order in 1982 allowed withholding information related to national security.

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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 AM

    Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more.  The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”

                Title IX, passed on June 23, 1972, states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

                While many people think of Title IX with its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the legislation covers all educational activities.  However, the benefits Title IX brought to the playing fields of our schools can also be credited with increasing the numbers of women graduating from high school and college, earning graduate degrees and entering into traditionally male-dominated careers.

                Title IX was written by Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink who cited the adversities she faced in obtaining her college degrees at the University of Hawaii, University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago as a driving force for her to initiate this landmark legislation.

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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:14 PM
    Deanna Durrett’s presentation to the League of Women Voters at Lunch with the League Monday featured the many opportunities for households to recycle in Montgomery County and the potential for improving the local recycling system.
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  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:03 AM
    Kathleen Steele was presented the 2016 League of Women Voters of Montgomery County “Making Democracy Work” Award at the recent LWV Annual Meeting.  This award recognizes and honors a member of our community who has been a leader and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:44 PM

    The League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library recently kicked off the 2016 Green Film Series with “Just Eat It,” a film made by two young Canadians highlighting the situation of global food waste. The filmmaker, Grant Baldwin, had read about the well documented fact that North Americans and Europeans waste 40% of all food that is raised in their countries. In other parts of the world, the percentage is still sobering at 30%.

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