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Befriending the needy in our community
Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
In its “Summary of Public Policy Positions,” the League of Women Voters states the importance of providing essential support services for all. At the March “Lunch With the League” presentation, we learned about an extraordinary program right here in Montgomery County that clearly supports this goal. It is known as the Montgomery Adult Guardianship Services (MAGS) program and is an innovative volunteer limited guardian initiative designed to address the critical health care, social service and legal representation needs of the growing population of ill and at-risk incapacitated adults in Montgomery County.
Sunshine Week and League Observers
Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:00 AM
Sunshine Week from March 12 to March 18 marks an annual nationwide discussion about access to public information and the important role that we – the public – have in keeping our communities healthy, vibrant and strong. The League of Women Voters joins other organizations in observing Sunshine Week and encouraging open government.
A delegation from LWV of Montgomery County attended a panel discussion Tuesday in Greencastle “Keeping the Door Open—Fighting for Public Transparency” co-sponsored by the LWV of Greencastle and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Panelists included: Miranda Spivack-Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, Luke Britt-Indiana’s Public Access counselor, Jaren Jernagan-Assistant Editor of the Banner Graphic and Tony Gargo-Director of The Media School at Indiana University and board member of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.
The United States system of government is based on the premise that government is a creature of the people and is accountable to them. An open and accountable government is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy. Since its founding, members of the League of Women Voters have been on the frontlines to promote governmental transparency at the local, state and national levels.
League celebrating National Women’s History Month
Thursday, March 09, 2017 4:00 AM
March is National Women’s History Month. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s history week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the President has issues a proclamation.
League studies housing in Montgomery County
Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:00 AM
The Economic Health Committee of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has studied housing issues in Crawfordsville/Montgomery County for the past two years. The League believes that understanding housing issues in our community is important to our overall economic health.
Through interviews and other research, we learned that the availability of housing at all price levels is essential for an economically balanced and successful community.
A high number of low income or HUD housing units may be a signal to prospective businesses that the community cannot support them.
The lack of upper income housing may mean professionals and executives from local companies choose not to live in our community.
Derelict and abandoned structures give an appearance of community decline. These imbalances create major challenges to public service providers, cultural activities, schools, and philanthropic endeavors.
League has 2017 Government Directory ready
Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
Government Directory: 2017 Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana published by the League of Women Voters, is a 29 page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term.
A strong democracy depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens. The LWV of Montgomery County is grateful for the nearly 400 elected and appointed citizens who give of their time and talent to serve on 95 local boards, commissions, councils, or precincts.
Contact information is included for the President of the United States, Indiana’s two United States Senators and Congressman from the 4th District.
Indiana state officials posted are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treas-urer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as State Senator District for District 23 and House Representatives for Districts 13 and 41. Public Access Counselor is included as well as Indiana Code for the Open Door Law.
League celebrating 97 years of involvement
Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
Feb. 14 marked the 97th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, six months before the ratification of 19th amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment was the culmination of a 72 year effort which began in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Visionary and courageous individuals throughout the country, including Zerelda Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace, were key suffrage supporters.
From its beginning in 1920, the LWV has provided service to voters and influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party and is now open to men as well as women. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government.
League reviews “Our Proud Judicial Heritage-Part 2”
Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:00 AM
Circuit Court Judge Harry A. Siamas spoke to the Feb. 6 Lunch with the League meeting about Montgomery County’s judicial history from the end of the pioneer era to modern times.
Most of Montgomery County’s judges have played prominent roles in the history of our state and in some cases our nation. For instance, Judge William Bryant served in the militia during the Black Hawk War of 1832. He worked to elect Jackson Democrats to state office and as a reward President James Polk appointed Bryant Chief Justice of the Oregon Territory in 1849. Returning to Indiana Bryant won election and served as Circuit Court Judge from 1852 to 1858.
League gets look at Historic Whitlock Place
Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:00 AM
The LWVMC Economic Health Committee has studied housing in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County for the past two years. The League believes that understanding housing issues in our community is important to our overall economic health. The availability of housing at all price levels is essential for an economically balanced and successful community.
LWV reviews Saturday’s Women’s March in Lafayette
Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 AM
Women’s marches and rallies Saturday, Jan. 21 attracted millions of participants at more than 600 locations throughout the United States with six in Indiana. A number of Montgomery County residents participated in the Lafayette 2 p.m. gathering at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. There was a remarkably diverse group of women and men of all ages and also children from pre-school to high school as well as collegiate students. The atmosphere was one of solidarity and positive hope and commitment for a better future.
Paul Foster provided prelude music with Jeffrey All and Rick Mummey singing “ Teach Your Children Well” and several other inspirational songs throughout the afternoon program.
League publishing updated FOCUS on Montgomery County
Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
An updated and enhanced FOCUS on MONTGOMERY COUNTY has recently been published by the League of Women Voters. The first FOCUS was compiled in 1969. Nancy Bennett edited this 11th edition with assistance of the LWV Editorial Committee and many community members. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Steele for the photographs which appear throughout FOCUS and to Oscar Anderson who designed the cover and coordinated printing.
The 115 page book features 19 chapters. The first chapter includes a fascinating history of the county, Crawfordsville, and 11 townships with information on the origin of names of villages, towns and townships as well as other historic sites in Crawfordsville and information on a number of history organizations.
Human Trafficking discussed at Lunch with the League
Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
“Oppose all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking” is a stated national position of the League of Women Voters. It’s shocking to realize that human trafficking is probably going on right here in Montgomery County. Last year there were more than 160 cases affecting youth in Indiana alone. An eye-opening presentation about the problem was given to the League by Kate Kimmer who is Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP), Indiana Youth Services Association. She left us all stunned with the seriousness of the problem.
League celebrating the birth of Carrie Chapman Catt
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
January 9 marks the birthday of Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters. Catt was one of the key leaders of the suffrage movement and had an impressive life. Born in 1859 in Wisconsin, she graduated valedictorian of her 1880 class at Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) in just three years and was the only female in her class!
Catt was appointed superintendent of the Mason City Schools when she was just 24 years old and was one of the few female superintendents in the country at that time. In 1887, Catt began her crusade for woman suffrage when she joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association and organized suffrage events throughout the state, working as a dynamic lecturer and writer.
Start the year off with civic engagment
Thursday, December 29, 2016 4:00 AM
At this time of year when many of us make resolutions, the League of Women Voters encourages all to include citizen engagement in your goals for 2017.
The American governmental system, conceived by our founding fathers more than 200 years ago, has provided the framework for the most responsive government in the world; but it only works if citizens are informed and involved.
The League congratulates all the officials elected in November who will assume or continue their offices. Many other citizens will be serving as appointed members of city and county boards. Elected and appointed individuals are to be applauded for their community interest and willingness to serve the public.
County officials elected last November will be sworn in at a ceremony Friday, December 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in the Circuit Court courtroom.
Chief Norman speaks to League of Women Voters
Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:00 AM
“To Serve and Protect” was the topic presented by Mike Norman, Crawfordsville Chief of Police, at the December Lunch with the League. Chief Norman stated the Crawfordsville Police Department handles 19,000 to 20,000 calls a year and explained the many different ways our highly-trained police contribute to the quality of life in our community.
Twenty-five years ago, the number of yearly calls was about 5,000. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last quarter century. Today’s police force consists of a full complement of 36 sworn Officers (33 men and three women).
League of Women Voters celebrates Bill of Rights Day
Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:00 AM
Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the “Bill of Rights.” Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights of all citizens, residents, and visitors on United States territory.
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution include the freedoms of speech, press and religion, the people’s right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and compelled self-incrimination.
Further, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, trial by jury, prohibition of excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
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