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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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  • Thursday, April 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    “What made you decide to run for Montgomery County Council in the first place?” was one of the many questions asked and answered by recently elected by county official Gary Booth. At the April 3 “Lunch With the League” program sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Booth addressed many issues affecting all the citizens of Montgomery County. He’s a life-long resident of our community and probably known best as a successful and respected businessman at Booth Machinery. It was obvious from the beginning of the program how deeply Booth cares about our community.
    The first question he was asked was his reaction to the 2 million dollar-plus deficit the county faced, which has been reported on extensively. He had only been in office for about a week when he and his colleagues were faced with this issue. Booth wasn’t totally sure how the problem occurred but stated that the tax caps circuit breakers were probably a major factor. He made it clear that they were able to deal with the problem on a short-term basis but this Band-Aid approach will mean that some tough decisions will have to be made beginning in June when the work on the 2018 budget begins. Does this mean a property tax increase? At this point, no one can say for sure but Booth made it very clear that every expenditure will be looked at very carefully.
    He then mentioned that one of the things he ran for office on was the crime issue. It’s a huge chunk of the county budget (upwards of 80 percent). He’s talked with both the courts and the Sheriff’s department about combating crime and made the point that people arrested are often out on the street before officers can even finish their own paperwork. Booth feels very strongly that crime is a community problem that we all have work together to solve. He pointed out that organizations such as 4-H are vital in terms of giving young people a sense of responsibility and integrity. “How many 4-H kids do you see in front of a judge?” he asked. 
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  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Making Democracy Work” is the key emphasis of the League of Women Voters of the United States at all levels as the League moves towards its 100th Anniversary in 2020. The LWV goals are built on our core mission on behalf of voters.
    League members in Indiana and throughout the country are working to:
    * Grow the vote by continually registering more voters, informing them about voting procedures and preparing them to arrive at the polls with everything they need to cast their ballots.
    * Protect the vote by working with local elections officials, organizing poll watching programs, and continuing to fight voter suppression efforts at the state and local levels.
    * Empower voters with information, through nonpartisan voters’ guides and candidate forums and debates as well as online tools—especially VOTE411.org. Local Lunch with the League and public forums provide Montgomery County citizens with important information and opportunity to talk with experts on important topics affecting our community.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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