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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #3
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    Oceans, forests, and rocks act like Mother Nature’s carbon clean-up crew to reduce global warming.
    Over the course of years, the oceans absorb about 30% of human carbon dioxide emissions, and the forests absorb another 30%. At much longer timescales, rocks react with carbon dioxide to help further remove emissions. 
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  • Living sustainably saves more than our planet
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    Remember hanging the laundry on the line? The fresh air smell of laundry, beaten soft by the breeze and the bleaching power of the sun on the whites? There was always something to that extra effort, though a bit inconvenient. Not only did it connect us with our senses, it saved us money. 
    We don’t often think about the coinage with laundry unless we are popping quarters into slots at a laundromat. If we have high efficiency washers and dryers, it feels like we are saving. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #1
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    Did you know that the last 20 years of your life have been the warmest years since reliable records began in 1880?
    If we look at the average of temperatures over the entire Earth, we can start to understand global warming. Nineteen out of the past 20 years are recorded as having the warmest average annual global temperatures. 2008 didn’t quite make the list; it ranked 21st.
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  • LWV talks waste, recycling, responsibility
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you take a stroll or a run through Montgomery County, keep your eyes to the ground. You’ll notice what people discard without much thought: vape pods, aluminum cans, plastic bottles (some half full of brown spittle), plastic ware and nowadays, masks. Almost everything is “single use.” Easy come, easy go, the saying supposes. What did the world look like before packaging exploded into existence?
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  • The work that weather now requires
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:00 AM
    March mewled like a kitten as it came in this year. Forecasts called for 70 degree highs at times, leaving us wondering, should we plant gardens already? Does March-as-May bode a hotter summer? A storm system on March 25 dropped 2.5 inches over a few short hours. Streets were streams for a bit, which leaves folks asking why storm water is draining so slow? Weather is no longer small talk. It’s changing. 
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  • Constitution doesn’t protect women explicitly, yet.
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    Getting bi-partisan support for a major bill feels like a modern miracle, but the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act might have it in 2021. After eight years and six legislative sessions, it might be the time to pass a law that will expand protections for women, pregnant ones this time. It’s one of many laws pieced together toward universal rights for women. Because the PWFA has taken eight years to become a priority, and only now is gaining substantive Republican support, the PWFA calls attention to the need for the ratification of the Equal Rights Act (ERA). 
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  • LWV explains how to take part in redistricting
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    2021 is the year when all 50 state legislatures redraw their Congressional districts based on the results of the 2020 Census. The districts were last redrawn in 2011 after the 2010 Census. This process is integral to democracy and has been in practice for more than 200 years. This summer, the Indiana legislature will be drawing state and national congressional boundaries. District 4, of which Montgomery is part, is one of nine national congressional districts to be redrawn - also being redrawn are our 100 state-level congressional districts. State voters are urged to participate via virtual public hearings. 
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  • LWV highlights Ida B. Wells
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    What are the names that surface first in your mind when you think of women’s history in the United States? If you’ve followed the celebration of the 19th Amendment’s centennial anniversary, you’ll know that one of the League’s aims has been to change the way citizens answer that question by weaving forgotten stories of women who fought for voting rights back into the tapestry of American suffrage. 
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  • Hoosier Wetlands need us this week
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    Hoosiers have an urgent issue ahead of them this week and next, but brace yourselves because it may sound droll: we have to call our representatives, write an email or send a letter to the governor in defense of a friend who is about to lose protection. We have to do this as soon as we finish reading this column. Call or write to tell them you don't support HB389/SB 389 because it repeals the remaining protections for Hoosier wetlands.
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  • Representative democracy should represent everyone, but doesn’t
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was young and under the scourge of thinking I knew it all now, I made an argument with my father claiming that the will of the majority ought to prevail, such was the crux of democracy. My father countered, “Shouldn’t the needs of the minority be protected?” His answer blindsided me. I wasn’t sure of which minority he spoke--he was a ride-or-die conservative who long held that his party needed to dominate and fix America as if there was only one way to do that. He didn’t mean to, but his contrarian response broke something loose in my thinking. 
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  • For the love of democracy
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    By 21 years old, Frederick Douglass declared himself free, sailed to New Bedford, Mass., paid the $1.50 poll tax and voted for the first time. He voted again the following year, 1841. Douglass served in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet and joined with women suffragettes demanding the right to vote.
    Like so many born into slavery, Douglass did not know his birthday. He chose Feb 14 as his birthday. Over 100 years after his birthday, the League of Women Voters became a national organization. The right to vote drove both.
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  • League of Women (and Men) Voters: A real resource
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    If there’s one thing we know about 2020 in the middle of our terrible pandemic and amid the granfalloon of the national political campaign, it’s that millions and millions of Americans awakened to an awareness of the political processes that our democratic nation operates on and depends on.
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  • Some Good News: Justice and Juveniles
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s a custom with each new year to take stock, reflect, and make plans to improve. 2020’s calls for justice reform invite us to consider where Indiana sits with incarceration. The Prison Policy Initiative reports that Indiana has 110 jails and prisons, incarcerating 732 of every 100,000 Hoosiers (about 162,000 of us). Those rates are higher than the national average of 698 per 100,000 Americans. Our adult incarceration numbers are bad news. We have work to do, but there’s some good news too.
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  • January is for justice and mental health
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    In 1984, Delthorne Graham ran into a Charlotte, N.C. convenience store to get orange juice to stabilize his blood sugar. Seeing the line to pay was too long, he put down the juice and hopped back into the passenger seat of his friend’s car. A policeman looking for a suspect nearby noticed the behavior and pulled over Graham’s friend. While the officer checked the license and registration, Graham’s diabetic shock grew. He stumbled out of the car, circled it twice, sat down on the curb and passed out. The officer cuffed and took him in for suspicious behavior.
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  • Between elections, our democracy still needs us
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    On November 4th, as we waited for the results of 2020’s national election, a friend and professor Rob Saler posted “The work is the work” on his social media. Just when the work felt like a wrap.
    The work of democracy is only part of the work. Keeping a government by the people and for the people requires effort from all of us, not just elected officials. We have the responsibility and the right to participate in our own governance year round. 
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