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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    February 14 marks the 99th 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.
    Throughout the decades the League has successfully worked for many causes, including passage of the1921 Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs and enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts (1930’s) establishment of the United Nations (1945), and public education. 
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  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Economic Development Primer” was presented by Cheryl Morphew, Economic Development Consultant for the City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, at February 4 Lunch with the League. Morphew noted “not one-size fits all” definitions of Economic Development and suggested three:
    • Creation of jobs and wealth to improve the economic well-being of a community,
    • Programs and policies directed at improving the local community, and
    • Economic development as facilitation of long-term investment that leads to community prosperity.
    There are base industries vs service industries. Base industries are those that produce, export, and sell their goods outside of a community, thus bringing in new dollars which in turn increases the total dollars that circulate within a community. Pace Dairy Food, LSC Communications and Nucor would be examples. Service industries are those business that sell goods which circulate existing dollars in the community. This includes nearly all local retail and dining.
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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:00 AM
    This is the third column reporting on the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Homeschool study co-chaired by Alice Phillips and Kathy Steele and deals with number of children homeschooled and the committee’s takeaway after the first year of study.
    Students Who Leave Public Schools: Tracking data from South Montgomery, North Montgomery and Crawfordsville from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years provided the committee the number of students who left formal public education. During 2016-17, 102 students from grades K-12 exited public education to be homeschooled or to attend virtual school at home. During the 2017-18 school year, 80 students exited public education. Sixty-five percent withdrew to homeschool while 35 percent withdrew to attend virtual schools or online academies. The committee only knows the number of students who have left local school districts. Homeschool educators do not need to report to the state or to the local school districts. Therefore, the number of students in our community who are homeschooled is much higher.
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  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    Homeschool Resources—this is the second column reporting on the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Homeschool study co-chaired by Alice Phillips and Kathy Steele and deals with Homeschool Resources.
    Parents who choose to homeschool have several important resources. The Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators (IAHE) has a yearly convention where homeschool educators can find curriculum materials, books, testing materials and helpful guidelines. The Crawfordsville Area Christian Home Educators (CACHE) is a local group of parents who homeschool. They plan field trips, have pitch-in dinners, trade curriculum books and materials and conduct monthly meetings. These parents provide an important base of support for each other. 
    One homeschool educator on the committee discussed the time, effort, dedication and expense that it takes to homeschool children. She mentioned that in her 20 years of homeschooling, she knew of only a few parents who did not take this responsibility seriously. Her children were academically prepared to enter college or to be successful in a skilled trades program. 
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  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters position on energy is simple and straightforward: “Support environmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage the use of renewable resources.” We learned in a recent presentation at the Lunch With the League program that this position can be realized. Jack Alvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana municipal Power Agency (IMPA), showed how our ever changing electric supply mix is giving us low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible power to both residential and commercial/industrial clients.
    Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) is one of the 61 Indiana and Ohio municipalities that make up IMPA. Created in 1980, IMPA uses economies of scale to acquire, construct and finance a reliable supply of low-cost power. We are very fortunate that CEL&P’s manager, Phil Goode, also serves as Chairman of IMPA.
    For decades, coal and nuclear produced the majority of electricity in the United States. Throughout the 50s and 60s, plants of both types were relatively inexpensive to construct. There was a perceived unlimited supply of fuel available. Soon things would change. Smog (a mixture of smoke and fog) became a major problem in urban areas such as Los Angeles. Then in 1979, the accidental release of radiation at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania led to very strict new regulations for the use and construction of those types of plants. Renewable energy was not then a viable part of the mix. It was just too expensive and the technology was not advanced.
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  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:00 AM
    During 2017-18, members of the League of Women Voters Homeschool Committee co-chaired by Alice Phillips and Kathy Steele studied homeschooling in Montgomery County. Information was gathered from online sources, phone conversations, school data, experiences from committee members and personal interviews with school personnel, two parents who homeschool, a current homeschool educator, an online academy teacher and Audra Hacker, Homeschool Support Specialist from the Indiana Department of Education. This is the first of three columns reporting on the LWV Homeschool study.
    State Regulations:
    Legally homeschools are considered non-public, non-accredited schools and are on the same legal level as private schools. Parents who homeschool must educate their children for 180 days and keep a record of attendance. The attendance record may be requested by the State Superintendent or the superintendent of the local school corporation. 
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  • Thursday, January 3, 2019 4:00 AM
    Members of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly gathered on Organization Day Tuesday, November 20, and the 121st Official General Assembly reconvened Thursday, January 3. The 2019 session is a budget year in which state lawmakers must craft a comprehensive plan to fund Indiana governmental services for the next two years. By law, the 2019 legislative session must be completed by April 29.
    Many important issues will be addressed. The League of Women Voters of Indiana has prioritized bills of interest in five areas—Redistricting, Voting Rights, Environment and Natural Resources, and Education. Some of the bills in these areas have been introduced.
    The LWV promotes transparent and accountable redistricting processes and an end to hyper-partisan practices. The LWV encourages creation of an independent special commission that reflects the diversity of the unit of government.
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  • Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    At this time of year when many of us make resolutions, the League of Women Voters encourages all to include citizen engagement in your goals for 2019.
    The American governmental system, conceived by our founding fathers more than 200 years ago, has provided the framework for the most responsive government in the world; but it only works if citizens are informed and involved.
    Be knowledgeable about the issues. Montgomery County citizens are invited to attend the “State of City/County” public meeting which will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 7 p.m. in the Crawfordsville High School Auditorium. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the meeting will feature Mayor Todd Barton and County Commissioner Jim Fulwider who will present issues and actions of our city and county. Refreshments will be served.
    Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of American citizens. Very important elections will be held in 2019 for city, county, state, and national offices. To be eligible to vote, you must be registered. If you are not presently registered, you can register in person at the Voter Registration Office at the Court House or at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 7 and voters should be registered by April 8.
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  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    The 227th anniversary of the signing of the “Bill of Rights” was celebrated last Saturday. Ratified on December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights of all citizens, residents, and visitors on United States territory.
    The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution include the freedoms of speech, press and religion, the people’s right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and compelled self-incrimination.
    Further, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, trial by jury, prohibition of excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
    The League of Women Voters calls for continued protection of civil liberties, improved political discourse and greater civic participation. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked to defend civil liberties and promote citizen engagement in democracy, and we continue this emphasis today. The League’s mission seeks to help individuals recognize the critical importance of protecting and honoring our most cherished constitutional rights and how they impact our everyday lives.
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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Indiana has a very clear position on our judicial rights: “The courts should be fully financed by the state. Access should be guaranteed to all residents without delay, regardless of their financial situation.” In a recent League of Women Voters “Lunch with the League” program, Bryan Donaldson, Montgomery County’s Chief Public Defender, explained how his office works and why it is so vital in ensuring the rights of all citizens.
    The current public defender’s office is just less than a year old. Prior to that, local attorneys handled cases for indigent clients on a contract basis but the workload became overwhelming. It was difficult to even find private attorneys who were willing to work with the courts. Their own practices would suffer when they acted as public defenders. There are still two contract attorneys involved with the office who handle cases when a conflict of interest occurs.
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  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Redistricting is one of the top issues supported by the League of Women Voters of Indiana.
    What is Redistricting? Redistricting is the process used by government bodies to redraw the boundaries of electoral districts. Rules and criteria for redistricting vary by state and by governmental body, but Federal law requires that districts have about the same number of residents and that redistricting processes comply with the Voting rights Act, which protects voting rights and prohibits voting laws that discriminate against racial, ethnic, or language minorities.
    In Indiana the General Assembly draws the United State Congress and the General Assembly district maps. The process takes place every ten years using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    What is Gerrymanderng? Partisan gerrymandering is the practice of drawing districts to benefit a particular party or candidate. Both Democrats and Republicans engage in gerrymandering. The party in power draws the maps.
    Why is reform needed? Gerrymandering reduces competition. In 2018, only 58% of the candidates for the Indiana House and Senate had a major party opponent. Gerrymandering discourages voting because people do not vote without competition. In recent years, Indiana has been among the states with the lowest turnout. In the 2016 general election, Indiana fell in the bottom 15 states for voter turnout and in 2014 had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country. Statewide turnout in the May, 2018 primary was just 20%.
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  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Health Care has been on the LWV of United States agenda since 1990 when LWVUS undertook study of funding and delivery of health care in the United States and continues as an important area of concern. 
    The League of Women Voters of United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other U.S. health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care. 
    Every U.S. resident should have access to a basic level of care that includes: the prevention of disease, health promotion and education, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute care, long-term care and mental health care. 
    Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality in-and-out patient behavioral health care, including needed medications and supportive services that is integrated with, and achieve partly with, physical health care. 
    Dental, vision and hearing care are also important. The League believes that under any system of health care reform, consumers/patients should be permitted to purchase services or insurance coverage beyond the basic level.
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  • Friday, November 23, 2018 8:21 PM
    From its inception, the League has worked for equal rights and social reform. In the early years, the League was one of the first organizations to address such issues as child welfare, maternal and child health programs, child labor protection and laws that discriminated against women.
    The League of Women Voters believes that the federal government shares with other levels of government the responsibility to provide equality of opportunity for education, employment and housing for all persons in the United States regardless of their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability.
    Employment opportunities in modern, technological societies are closely related to education. Therefore, the League supports programs to increase the education and training of disadvantaged people. The League supports federal, state and local efforts to prevent and/or remove discrimination in education, employment and housing and to help communities bring about racial integration of their school systems.
    The League of Women Voters supports equal rights for all regardless of sex. The League supports action to bring laws into compliance with the ERA: to eliminate or amend those laws that have the effect of discriminating on the basis of sex, to promote laws that support the goals of the ERA, and to strengthen the enforcement of such existing laws.
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  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    Congratulations Montgomery County citizens on outstanding participation in the 2018 General Election! Of 23,177 registered voters, 12,700 or 54.8 percent participated—a record percentage in a non-presidential election year.
    Tremendous credit goes to County Clerk Karyn Douglas, the County Election Board, county staff, and dozens of local political leaders and citizens who created and organized unprecedented numbers of opportunities for Montgomery County residents to vote early at the Court House both during the week from October 10-November 5 and on two Saturdays before the Election. In addition, voting took place before the election on five days at Rock Point Church, on Saturday October 27 at the Ladoga Public Library and Darlington Armory, and on November 3 at the Waynetown Christian Church and Waveland Fire Station.
    Organization of these opportunities, providing the equipment and many local people to work the early election voting was amazing, and our county in indebted to the officials and citizens who made this possible!
    While Montgomery County citizens could vote at any of these early opportunities as well as at any of the Five Vote Centers—Rock Point Church, Friendship Baptist Church, North Montgomery High School, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and Whitesville Church—on Election Day, data and statistics are compiled and recorded for each of the 27 Precincts in Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    The 2018 General Election is exceedingly important. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County encourages ALL eligible voters to participate in this election! Candidates for key federal and state positions are on the ballot and will impact the future of Indiana and the nation. In addition, there is a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution and an Indiana Supreme Court Justice Retention Vote.
    Local Election Officials are to be commended for creating and staffing so many locations and times for early voting. More than 2300 had voted by last Monday morning, and many more during the week. In addition, there are still four opportunities for early voting on this Saturday, November 3:
    Court House
    8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Rock Point Church-429 West 150 South
    8:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.
    Waynetown Christian Church-101 West Walnut Street
    9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    Waveland Fire Station-1086 West Howard Street
    1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Citizens can also vote early at the Court House on Monday, November 5 from 8 a.m.-noon!
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