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Friday, July 03, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:43 PM

    Independence Day 2015 marks 49 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.

     
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:42 PM

    Tuesday marked the 43rd 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.”

     
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:27 PM

    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 at Wabash College on South Grant Street.

     
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:04 PM

    Redistricting of local, state and federal districts is mandated following the United States Census every ten years to reflect population shifts. Drawing of new district maps is one of the most fundamental processes in our American democracy.

    How the lines are drawn determines whether voters in different communities get meaningful say in picking their elected officials and whether representatives feel accountable to the people who elect them. Such an important process should be open and transparent with a premium placed on the public interest. But in our partisan atmosphere, the party in power and sitting officials have every incentive to draw lines to assure continued reelection and predominance.

     
  • Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:23 PM

    League of Women Voters members discussed and adopted local program for 2015-2016 at the May 21 Annual Meeting. Five local areas were approved for study and action: Economic Health of Montgomery County, Health Care in Montgomery County, Land Use in Montgomery County, Local Government and Vote Centers.

    The Economic Health Committee’s scope of work includes:

    Support for:

    *City and county-wide economic development as stated in the LWVMC position;

    *County-wide planning and zoning;

     
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:06 PM

    “Where is Jefferson’s Informed Electorate When You Need Them?” was the topic of Dale Petrie’s presentation at the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters last week. Petrie began with a quote from Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis in 1820.

    "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

     
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:43 PM

    Dale Petrie will be presented the “2015 Making Democracy Work Award” by the League of Women Voters at the 2015 Annual Meeting tonight at Crawfordsville Country Club.

    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.

    Dale Petrie has demonstrated tremendous leadership and support for our community in an amazing variety of areas and organizations. Montgomery County has been exceedingly fortunate that Petrie--a graduate of Manual High School in Indianapolis and 1975 Wabash College – chose to stay in Crawfordsville where he has been employed for 39 years at Sommer Metalcraft Corporation.

    Petrie is an Elder at the First Christian Church where he serves as President of the Board and is a member of the choir.

     
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:27 PM

    This is the second column on the Half Way Home being launched to offer a holistic approach to women suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. The Half Way Home philosophy is that drug and alcohol abuse is rarely the actual problem, but rather a symptom of much deeper, more insidious issues such as poor self-worth, toxic relationships, poor health choices and fruitless attempts at steady employment. This 180 day residential program is called “Half Way Home” because if women come to the program, they are half way home.

    Half Way Home Inc. has purchased a building in the old Littleville Day Care Center on Whitlock Avenue and is remodeling the building to meet the needs of the program. Each participant will live at the facility for 180 days.

    The actual substance abuse and addiction issues will be addressed through outside treatment and counseling provided by local certified treatment and addiction service providers. Each participant will have a structured treatment plan that includes, not only individual and group addictions counseling, but attendance at AA/NA meetings and other self-help resources.

     
  • Thursday, May 07, 2015 1:06 AM

    “Half Way Home, Inc” was presented by Sarah Houston Dicks at Monday’s Lunch with the League. This is the first of two columns reporting on her presentation.

    Why is Half Way Home needed? In Montgomery County, drug abuse has escalated at an uncontrollable rate. Attorney Dicks noted that in Montgomery County with a population of less than 40,000, approximately one person dies every month from an overdose. The percentage of heroin use and dependency has more than doubled for women since 2007. Heroin is one of the most difficult drugs to get off because the withdrawal is so bad.

    Methamphetamine is prevalent in our community and has been manufactured here in our county for the past 25 years. Manufacturing of meth is dangerous. It involves explosive chemicals and combustible agents. It contaminates the places where it is made, often making rental property and other locations unlivable. It is showing up in blood tests of the children living in the home where it is made and used. It results in fires and explosions. In addition, prescription drug abuse now may be the most insidious and difficult drug to control.

     
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:30 PM

    Tomorrow is Law Day.  The League of Women Voters marks the annual celebration of Law Day by recognizing the importance of fair and impartial laws and why every vote matters to the people of Montgomery County.

    Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law.  Law Day was created in 1958 by the American Bar Association and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The League of Women Voters is a longtime cooperating partner.  Every year, through educational programs nationwide, Leagues and other organizations help underscore how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.

    The American Bar Association is celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215 this year. “The fundamental concepts of liberty that had their beginnings in Magna Carta were transplanted to the American colonies where they were accepted, refined, and embedded in the instruments of government as well as the thinking of the American People.”

    The LWV believes that the rule of law depends on public trust in the courts, and the right of every citizen to vote has been a basic League principle since its origin in 1920.  It should be noted that granting all the right to vote has been a long process.

     

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