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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Indiana Citizens are encouraged to confirm your Voter Registration! County Clerks throughout Indiana are in the process of cleaning out their voter registration rolls of people who are inactive and have not cast ballots since 2014.
    If you have moved or have not cast ballot since 2014, you can confirm whether or not you are in the system by going indianavoters.com. Click on “Confirm Voter Registration.” First you must identify your county—so scroll down to Montgomery. Then you will type in last name, first name, and date of birth. If you are in the voter registration roll, a “Verified” check will appear.
    If you are not “verified”, Indiana offers you the ability to submit your voter registration on line. Specifically, this online voter registration application allows you to apply to register to vote in Indiana, change your name on your voter registration record, or change the address on you voter registration record.
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  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library’s Film Department are once again joining forces to offer a Green Issues Summer Movie Series. Documentary films on a range of environmentally-related subjects are offered every couple of weeks, on varying nights of the week, at 7 p.m. A brief discussion period follows each film, and light refreshments are always provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cup or mug, in order to reduce waste. Screenings take place in Korb Classroom in Wabash’s Fine Arts Center, which is located on South Grant Ave. They are free of charge and open to the public.
    To date in the series, two food-related films, Cowspiracy and Wastecooking, have been screened. In Cowspiracy, Filmmaker Kip Andersen was concerned with a seeming lack of attention paid – both from the general public and from environmental groups – to environmental concerns surrounding the animal agriculture industry. Andersen’s film focused on his attempts to locate individuals and groups who are working to raise awareness of the issues – including deforestation, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation costs – which are related to animal agriculture, particularly the production of beef. While many environmental groups identified their major concerns as greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation and deforestation or environmental impacts of ‘mega projects’ such as mining, pipelines and dams, few noted the impact of animal agriculture. Andersen set out to identify the actual costs of this less-often-cited industry and to raise awareness of those issues. The film also addressed a variety of related issues, such as increased meat consumption in the USA, use of public lands for grazing, farm subsidies and costs associated with dairy farming. 
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  • Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    How Crawfordsville won the 2017 “Advocates for Livable Communities Award Competition” was the topic of Monday’s Lunch with the League. Sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, a $5,000 grant was awarded to one of the six communities who have received training in Advocacy for Livability.
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has had interest in the concept of “Livability” since 2007 and was delighted to provide leadership when Crawfordsville was invited to receive training for Advocacy for Livability in 2013, provided by Professors Sharon Baggett, University of Indianapolis and Jennie Todd, Indiana University. 
    This five day training covered six areas of Livability: Mobility, Housing, Social and Cultural Opportunities, Recreation, Education- employment-civic engagement, and Health and Support Services. The training in Crawfordsville was deemed successful, and the professors then provided Livability Training in five other Indiana Communities: Shelbyville, Bedford, Richmond, Kokomo, and Wabash.
    Representatives of these six communities were invited to attend the “Advocates for Livable Communities Summit” in May to share their progress in livability overtures and participate in the “Advocate for Livable Communities Award Competition.”
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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    As we approach July 4th, the League of Women Voters continues to promote an open government system that is representative, accountable and responsible. Protecting and enhancing voting rights for all Americans, assuring opportunities for citizen participation, working for open, accountable, representative and responsive government at every level—all reflect the deeply held convictions of the League of Women Voters.
    Founded by the activists who secure voting rights for women, the right of every citizen to vote has been a basic League principle since its origin. The League of Women Voters believes in the individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. The League is convinced that individual rights now protected by the Constitution should not be weakened or abridged.
    The League has long worked for the citizen’s right to know and for broad citizen participation in government. On July 4th, the League will celebrate the 51st Anniversary of the Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson.
    However, actually finding information about how the government is serving the public can be somewhat difficult. In the post 9/11 age, the challenges became even greater. In the name of Homeland Security, “sunshine” laws and opportunities for citizens to gain access to information were constricted. The “Open Government Act of 2007” was a bipartisan effort to achieve meaningful reforms to strengthen FOIA, close loopholes and help citizens obtain timely responses.
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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Tomorrow marks the 45th 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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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    More than 30 years after the amnesty bill became law under the Reagan Administration, the stringent workplace enforcement many expected, and mandated use of the government’s E-Verify system (which confirms employment eligibility) for employers to check the legal employment status of prospective hires, is still being debated by lawmakers and the business community. Multiple iterations of federal legislation to require employment verification have been defeated in Congress. In fact, Congress has not been able to enact any meaningful legislation at all to deal with the complex issues surrounding immigration.
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  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    “The Patience and Affordable Care Act—What can we as citizens Do?” was the title of Bill Doemel’s speech at the recent League of Women Voters Annual Meeting.
    President Donald Trump speaking about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 said, “ And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get better and this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake. And I think most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down. Yes, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly it’s a great plan and ultimately that’s what it’s all about.”
    Doemel posed “Is it really a great plan? Let’s take a closer look.” No funds will go to Planned Parenthood for at least one year. While many associate Planned Parenthood only with abortion, the organization through its clinics provides 32 percent of women with low-incomes (nearly 2 million) with contraceptive care. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that in many low income communities access to contraceptive services will be lost resulting in thousands of additional unintended pregnancies.
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  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    A Green Issues Summer Movie Series will again be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Lilly Library. Free to the public, the movies will start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center Wabash College on South Grant Street.
    Light refreshments will be provided at each of the films. The Green Issues Film Series is provided as a free service to residents of Montgomery County to spark awareness of and interest in environmental issues facing Americans today. This year eight films will be offered.
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County presented the “2017 Making Democracy Work Award” to a remarkable couple—William & the late Nancy Doemel at the recent Annual Meeting. This is first time the award has gone to a couple but each Doemel has contributed in so many ways.
    This award recognizes and honors members of our community who have been leaders and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.
    Nancy Doemel contributed to making democracy work through a variety of organizations. She worked at Wabash College for more than three decades as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations raising more than $30 million for the College facilities and programs.
    In 1991, Nancy spearheaded efforts to establish the Montgomery County Community Foundation setting up initial meeting with community leaders and Eli Lilly, as Lilly began to offer startup funds for county foundations, resulting in more than $17 million invested by Lilly Endowment in Montgomery County through grants and scholarships. Nancy served 12 years on the MCCF Board of Directors and was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Women’s Legacy Fund of MCCF that benefits women and children of our community.
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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Advocates for Livability Summit was held recently at the Fort Harrison Conference Center in Indianapolis. Organized by Jennie Todd, Research Associate of Indiana University Center on Aging and Community, the Summit attracted representatives from six Indiana Communities which have received training by Todd and Dr. Sharon Baggett from University of Indianapolis. The other cities participating in the Summit were: Shelbyville, Kokomo, Richmond, Bedford, and Wabash.
    Representing Crawfordsville were Alice Phillips, President of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, Nick Hedrick, Diana McCormick-Director of Athens Art, Katy Myers, Gail Pebworth, and Dale Petrie-Operations Director of the City of Crawfordsville.
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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    “…forget all your troubles, forget all your cares so go Downtown . . .” Some of you might recognize this lyric from a Sixties hit tune. This is exactly how Sue Lucas, President of Crawfordsville Main Street (CMS), would like you to feel. Their mission is simple: “Because every city needs a strong and vibrant core, Crawfordsville Main Street exists to continually improve downtown Crawfordsville. Crawfordsville Main Street works to address critical issues that foster the growth, well being and user-friendliness of downtown through the coordinated efforts of both the public and private sectors.” Turning their mission into reality takes a lot of hard work.
    Now celebrating their 15th anniversary, the antecedents of the organization go back to the early 1990s when the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce created a “Downtown Committee.” They were successful in getting the US department of the Interior to designate much of our downtown as a Commercial Historic District. In 1999, the Crawfordsville City Council created the “Crawfordsville Downtown Revitalization Commission” to address our downtown’s physical decline. In March of 2002, this commission essentially became Crawfordsville Main Street. They are a member of Indiana Main Street which is in turn part of Main Street America, so there is a huge amount of experience and synergy that’s filtering down to our community. 
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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:00 AM
    Oscar Anderson of Montgomery County and Patricia Hoyer of Greater Lafayette were elected Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Indiana at the 2017 LWVIN State Convention held April 29-30 in Mishawaka. Anderson becomes the first male president of the Indiana League which was organized in 1920.
    Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Anderson has AB from University of Chicago in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, followed by graduate work in Visual Designs from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He spent many years in Chicago in graphic design. He is presently sole proprietor of Oscar Plus-freelance graphic design in Crawfordsville.
    Anderson was a Montgomery County LWV delegate to 2016 LWVUS National Convention in Washington D.C. and is chair this year of the popular Montgomery County monthly Lunch with League series. He supports all League positions with highest levels of interest in voter education and registration, independent redistricting, and reproductive rights. Two other Montgomery County Leaguers were elected to the State Board at the LWVIN Council in 2016—Karen Patton-Secretary and Gail Pebworth-Director.
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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    The mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage informed and active participation in government. The League adopts and studies in depth governmental issues at local, state and national levels. Public meetings are often held to provide information as the League conducts these studies, some of which may take several years.
    In addition, the LWV offers a monthly public “Lunch with the League” series, usually held on the first Monday of the month in the Whitlock Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch, so no reservations are required.
    The topics at the lunches cover a variety of issues of general concern for Montgomery County. Oscar Anderson has been the chair of the 2016-2017 Lunch with League series and organized a very interesting year.
    June, 2016 “The Ins and Outs of Recycling in Montgomery County” was presented by Deanna Durrett who identified the many opportunities for households to recycle in Montgomery County and the potential for improving the local recycling system.
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.
    The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States.
    To complement these goals the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.
    In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in this country to earn legal status.
    The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations.
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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties. The mission of the League is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to increase public understanding of major policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
    In addition to our primary efforts providing wide range of services to voters, the League studies local, state, and national governmental issues resulting in positions the LWV supports in four major program areas: Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy. 
    Today’s column will briefly highlight Natural Resources Positions in which the League promotes an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
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