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Monday, November 19, 2018
  • 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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  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    The races on the ballot in Montgomery County include six to fill federal and state positions: U.S. House District 4, Indiana Assembly, District 41, U.S. Senate representing Indiana, Indiana Treasurer, Indiana Auditor and Indiana Secretary of State. To view the list of candidates on your ballot, visit the website There you can enter your address to see the Voter Guide.
    In addition to races for these offices, there are two additional items for which voters can either approve or disapprove. Indiana Public Question 1 and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Retention Vote.
    Public Question 1 concerns a balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution. The measure would amend the Indiana Constitution by adding the following text:
    The following definitions apply to this section only for purposes of the limits on the State budget under this section: "Revenue" means all income received by the state general fund and all other state funds, excluding the proceeds of bonds or other loans. "Expense" means the ordinary operating costs of State government, including any debt service payments made during the biennial budget period.
    The total amount of expense appropriations enacted by the General Assembly for a biennial budget may not exceed the estimated revenue of the State in the biennial budget period. (Subsection c.)
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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    The League of Women voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible voter to vote in the 2018 General Election! The League believes that government can work if people are informed and involved. In recent years Indiana sadly has ranked low among the 50 states in America. We can and must do better!
    Plan now to vote! The Montgomery County Election Officials are to be commended for offering Montgomery County citizens many more options to vote including early voting which began October 10 and will continue until Monday, November 5. There are six locations for early voting to accommodate citizens throughout Montgomery County.
    Montgomery County Court House has voting now from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until November 2, and also on Monday, November 5 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. In addition, you can vote at the Court House on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
    Early Voting will be available at Rock Point Church-429 West 150 South on five days: Saturday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 31 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 2 from 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary, and family situations (single, married, number of children). South, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
    Students moved from booth to booth with checkbooks, calendars and clipboards, making decisions based on their scenarios to pay for taxes, housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, groceries, child care, furniture, medical expenses, entertainment, pets, charitable gifts and more. Many students were forced to take a “second job” or visit the bank to take out a loan when their funds fell short. It was a very eye-opening experience for the students.
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  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    The opioid epidemic is an ongoing issue in Montgomery County and all over the United States.
    The problems that substance abuse brings to our community are not new, and we are very fortunate to have the dedicated team of the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) taking leadership in educating and informing the public on the many resources available to combat the consequences of this problem. At the Monday meeting of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County’s “Lunch With the League” program, MCHD’s Health Educator Samantha Cravens and Administrator Amber Reed explained how their department plays a crucial role in combating the disease.
    In 2016 MCHD prepared, with community input, the Comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan. One of the three top concerns was substance abuse. As a result of this, “Reduce substance abuse to improve health, safety, and quality of life for all” is a stated goal of the department. Then in October of 2016, the MCHD was informed by the Indiana State Department of Health that Montgomery County was classified as a “most at risk” community for opioid abuse.
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  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County government has two major governing boards—Board of County Commissioners and Council. Each has district responsibilities and it is helpful for citizens to understand these when preparing to vote in November.
    The three-person Board of County Commissioners is the county executive and legislative body. While each commissioner must reside in one of three districts, commissioners are elected by all county voters.
    Commissioners have a four-year term with no term limits. Two commissioners are elected in the presidential election year and one is elected two years later. Phil Bane and John Frey were elected in 2016. James Fulwider and Ed Stephens are competing for the third Commissioner position in the upcoming election.
    The Commissioners annually elect a president. Commissioners are responsible for the administration of all county business and may enact ordinances. They control count property: buildings, equipment, bridges, and roads. They regulate county subdivisions, make appointments to boards, commissions and certain offices, and establish precincts and polling places.
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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    September is Voter Registration Month and the League of Women Voters urges all Montgomery County citizens to be sure you are registered to vote!
    The November 2018 Elections are exceedingly important and will include one Indiana United States Senator seat and all nine Congressional seats. In addition, Hoosiers will be electing Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer as well as all state representatives.
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, under the leadership of Myra Dunn Abbott has been conducting a series of Voter Registration opportunities for local citizens. The LWV registered voters 6-8 p.m. at the July 27 "40 Under 40" event at the General Lew Wallace study with a table with Registration and applications for absentee forms, offered "Vote USA" temporary Tattoos, and distributed copies flyer listing information about early voting and Voter Centers as well as LWV "Governmental Directories 2018 for Crawfordsville and Montgomery County and copies of FOCUS on MONTGOMERY County.
    The LWV had a popular booth at National Night Out August 1 at Milligan Park registering voters and distributing voting information. Friday, August 3, the League had a booth 5-9 p.m. to register voters and distribute information at the First Friday celebration at Canine Plaza. Again on Friday, August 17 the League had a voter registration booth from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Lunch on the Plaza. Saturday, August 25 during the Taste of Montgomery County the LWV again had a booth in front of the Lew Wallace Study from 12 noon- 10 p.m.
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  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    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. 
    The League believes it is incredibly important for citizens to know more about their government. Since 1947, members of the LWV of Montgomery County have served as observers at many of the government boards, councils, and commissions in Crawfordsville and the county.
    The Observers listen and learn how these governmental boards function and what issues they handle. The League seeks to assist its members and the public to become better educated about local issues. The Observers are the eyes and ears of the League—a pipeline to what is being thought, said, and done in local government. LWV Observers do not speak for the League but note and record what transpires.
    The LWV’s Observer Corps is a benefit not only for its members but also for the citizens as large, as well as for the governmental bodies observed. Often, the League observer is the only member of the public present at board meetings; and by that presence, the board members know that citizens are interested and do care.
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  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Looks Do Matter was the topic presented by Oscar Anderson, Co-President of the LWV of Indiana and a professional graphic designer, at the Tuesday Lunch with the League. His message is exceedingly valuable to all organizations.
    Everything has an identity. Identity is how we are perceived as well as what we accomplish. The League of Women Voters, as well as any organization, is dedicated to fulfilling our mission by promoting our goals and policies to as many people as possible. Identity is integral to making this happen.
    So exactly what is identity? Over the past years, the term (at least in marketing and advertising terms) has been replaced by the word “brand.” Many people will look at an organization’s logo and consider that to be the brand. Actually, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Your identity includes your mission statement, the way you conduct yourself and the way you interact with each other as well as the community. It is how you look, feel and act.
    One obvious aspect of branding is visual communications. Whether digital or printed, they are a direct reflection on how your organization is viewed. If a communication looks sloppy, disorganized and hard to read, it will hurt your brand. Organizations need to take a thoughtful approach at what is produced and how to improve upon it.
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  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    The voters are supposed to pick their politicians but here in Indiana, as in most states, the politicians pick the voters. That is because every ten years, when the law requires that our legislative districts be redrawn to reflect changes in population and demographics, it is the politicians, not the voters, who are in charge of this redistricting.
    When the politicians redraw the boundaries, they usually have their own self-interest at the heart of their efforts. Many of the districts in Indiana, especially around the larger metropolitan areas, have some crazy shapes that are intentionally drawn to favor incumbents. This is what is known as Gerrymandering and it is a top priority of the League of Women Voters to do anything we can to end this practice. To be fair, the state legislative boundaries in Montgomery County are not nearly as distorted as other districts. But our neighbor to the south, Greencastle, has the state senate districts split right through the center of town!
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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    Sunday will mark the 98th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on August 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.
    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more—worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:49 AM
    Thomas Bena’s thought-provoking film “One Big Home” was a recent Green Issues film in the series co-sponsored by League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library. A thoughtful crowd gathered to see the work of this young carpenter turned filmmaker.
    Pena, the grandson of immigrants, had come to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts to become part of the local economy as a builder. After a few years of good work building homes--that he noticed were getting bigger and bigger--he took off his tool belt and picked up a camera to document how the island is being dramatically changed by seasonal homeowners who build what are often called “trophy houses” that measure upwards of 10,000 square feet. 
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  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    Why Vote? American democracy is a work in progress, often slow, and sometimes doesn’t yield the results we want. However, imagine not having a choice at all. Imagine that someone else picks the officials, representatives and leaders. That is what happens if you don’t vote. You have made choice to let others decide. The upcoming November General Election is exceedingly important and will impact citizens at all levels.
    A main focus of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is to encourage all citizens to vote. However, in order to vote, you must be registered. Citizens can register to vote right now through October 9, 2018.
    Who can register? You are qualified to register and vote in the November 6 General Election if you:
    * Are a citizen of the United States
    * Will be at least 18 years old on or before November 6
    * Resident of Indiana for at least 30 days prior to the election
    * Not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime
    If you have changed your name or address, you need to re-register. There are several ways to get this done. You can register in person, by mail or online.
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  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:00 AM
    The concept of planning has been an emotional topic in Montgomery County since before 1951 when Crawfordsville established a Plan Commission. Montgomery County, however, does not have a Comprehensive Plan. Efforts to develop a county plan have been stopped several times. But the vast majority of other counties in Indiana and throughout the United States DO have plans. Why?
    Webster’s Dictionary defines plan as a “Method for achieving an end goal…an orderly arrangement of parts of an overall design or objective.” In today’s competitive economic environment, prospective businesses and manufacturing operations are interested in a county’s vision for the future and what to expect before committing to invest and locate in that community.
    Planning is about being proactive rather than reactive. If local citizens don’t plan, other groups will do it for us. In good economic times, communities plan for “smart growth” as opposed to “dumb sprawl.” Planning is required to be sure there are adequate resources and infrastructure to attract the kind of growth that will provide employment and improve our community. In bad economic times, planning is important to use scarce resources wisely.
    While there are those who automatically rise up against “planning,” Montgomery County historically has benefited mightily from visionary individuals who in the past planned for the future. The effort which resulted in the Federal Land Office being moved to Crawfordsville in 1823 was exceedingly important for our county.
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