Reader Takes LWV Writer To Task

Dear Editor, I had to chuckle when reading the “unusual column” by LWV member Maria Reynolds-Weir. When asked by her European hosts if America is “OK,” she says she “didn’t know how to answer,” then blindly and inexplicably assumed they were referring to Trump’s “surprising” win in 2016 or his comments about the validity of…

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LWVMC Climate Team Powers Up For Nature Day

On Saturday, June 18, everyone reading this column is invited to our downtown Crawfordsville Carnegie Museum from 1-4 pm to celebrate nothing less than the natural world. To top it off, visitors will be treated to one of the great products and delights of our natural world—ice cream! This event is part of a summer-long…

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Local LWV leaders impact state

The Paper of Montgomery County

Myra Dunn Abbott, second vice president of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, who leads voter outreach for our county, recently accepted a post on the League of Women Voters of Indiana state board. She said that one of her main initiatives is to encourage Leagues statewide to partner with other organizations in…

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How, Why To Plan To Electrify Your Life

There’s a lyric by The National that reads, “I still owe money to the money I owe,” a nod to the slog of ditching debt. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could save serious coin on our monthly bills? Even nicer, to save money on the changes required to shave hundreds off our heating, cooling…

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Two Roads Diverged In Energy Futures

Rarely does an exchange on social media measure up, but League Climate Team member John Smilie’s posts usually educate, prompt thoughtful discussion and aim toward the common good. His recent post was worthy of a wider audience so we’ve brought the conversation here. “An EV battery has about 8kg of lithium. 2021 production was 100k…

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The Joy Of Voting

Tom Nichols, staff writer for The Atlantic, penned the piece we at the League should have thought of: “The Joy of Voting.” This leads to the question, have you noticed self-satisfaction when you vote? Or joy? It’s worth pausing, taking a deep breath and measuring our instinctive reactions to words like voting, election, absentee ballot,…

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What’s Latest On Housing Pinch Locally?

If you follow regional news, you may have read that nearly 1,1000 Indianapolis households faced eviction when their property owners failed to pay $1.9 million in water bills. In a settlement that came in three weeks before the residents would have to move, JPC Affordable Housing Foundation agreed to sell the rental units and leave…

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Bamboo Or Bamboozled

Two weeks ago, two young men walked down a side street here in Crawfordsville, eyes cast to the ground, sweeping gazes and picking up bits of trash. They wore lanyards and gloves and cleaned up bits of plastic wrappers, cans and Styrofoam that littered the berm. For a few days the block looked cleaner, but…

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Film Prompts Questions About Entitlement, Contentment

“Who deserves the right to go down into the Grand Canyon?” “Isn’t everyone entitled?” “We are providing a solution to a need.” These were the pitches of developers to the council of the Navajo Nation captured in the documentary Into the Canyon. They wanted to build a massive shopping-restaurant-transport complex at the confluence of the…

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Thinking About Democracy From Two Sides of Pond

EDITOR’S NOTE: This will be an unusual column. LWV member Maria Reynolds-Weir is writing in the first person to reflect upon what traveling this year has taught this writer about our democracy. Until this past 12 months, I hadn’t traveled much outside of the USA, but in October, I had the opportunity to go to…

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