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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:37 AM
    The Green Issues Summer Movie Series continued with its fourth installment on July 3, with attendees viewing the film Maratus: One Photo Can Change Your Life. The film, from director Simon Cunich, details the experiences of Stuart Harris, an Australian garbage collector and amateur naturalist and photographer. 
    On a day in 2008 when Mr. Harris was out hiking in the bushland, taking his usual photographs of “little stuff… pretty things,” he encountered a spider with electric blue markings, standing out very noticeably on a bright yellow leaf. Harris snapped a photo, posted it online, and then began to receive unexpected and excited feedback from a number of individuals who suggested that this was something never-before-seen, possibly even a new species. 
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  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:24 AM
    Are things dangerous because we do not understand them? Does the comfort and convenience of the wealthy outweigh the health and safety of the disadvantaged? Is a camera phone and a digital platform enough to make you a trusted authority figure? How do we divorce reactionary impulse from critical thought?
    On June 18 in the Green Issues Summer Film Series at Wabash College viewers were treated to an insightful, and at times, heartbreaking look into an ongoing battle between innovation and misinformation. A film created by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Food Evolution delves into the controversial subjects of GMO food development and production, reducing our dependency on toxic chemicals, and the goal of feeding an ever-growing population.
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  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Sunday will mark the 47th 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.”
    Title IX, passed on June 23, 1972, states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
    While many people think of Title IX with its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the legislation covers all educational activities. However, the benefits Title IX brought to the playing fields of our schools can also be credited with increasing the numbers of women graduating from high school and college, earning graduate degrees and entering into traditionally male-dominated careers.
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:59 AM
    Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy” is the current mission of the League of Women Voters. To this end, current and objective information about issues is of paramount importance to all of us. Newspapers are essential in keeping us informed and the need for trusted information has never been more critical.
    Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA (Hoosier State Press Association), represents HSPA before the Indiana General assembly. He lobbies throughout the year for the interests of Indiana newspapers as well as the public’s freedom of information rights. “You are a rarity” began Key at a recent presentation at the LWV’s Lunch With the League program. He was referring to the fact that Montgomery County has two competing newspapers. Very few areas of Indiana are so fortunate. Yet our newspapers have challenges, just as the entire newspaper industry has challenges.
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  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 2:04 PM
    On Thursday, May 30, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library kicked off their 10th season of provocative films that introduce viewers to a wide range of issues affecting the environment in which we now live. This season features seven films dealing with a wide variety of topics. Each film is shown in Korb Classroom in the Wabash College Fine Arts Center (570 S. Grant Street). Showings begin at 7 pm. Viewings are free and open to the public. Each film is followed by an audience discussion.
    The May 30 film was “Gimme Green.”
    When asked what America’s most abundant crop is, most people would pause a moment while they decide whether to guess corn or soybeans. In another part of the country, people might guess wheat, but here in the Midwest we would give a solid vote for one of the two crops we see lining our rural roadways. We would be wrong.
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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:57 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County presented the “2019 Making Democracy Work Award” to a remarkable public servant Deanna Durrett.
    This award recognizes and honors members of the community who have been leaders and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair and vibrant place to live and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work. Previous winners have been: Thomas Milligan, Phil Bane, Ann Malott, Dave Long, Kathy Steele, Dale Petrie, William and Nancy Doemel, and Deborah Kochart.
    Durrett, who was born at Culver Union Hospital in Crawfordsville and now lives on her Montgomery County family heritage farm on Overcoat Road with husband Jim, spent decades away distinguishing herself in many professional ways. Following completing a masters degree in social work, she was offered a job of doing performance audits of state agencies. These were year-long studies of agencies such as Departments of Correction, Mental Health, Education and the judiciary to see what would make them better and more cost effective. 
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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:32 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 and open to the public, the movies will start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College-570 South Grant Street. Brief discussion will follow each film, and light refreshments will be provided.
    Thursday, May 30: Gimme Green (Jellyfish Smack Productions, 28 minutes)
    “Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity?” Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and out outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40 billion industry that fuels our nation’s largest irrigated crop—the lawn”
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  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:46 AM
    “How many rights does the U.S. Constitution give you?” was the question asked to the audience at a recent Lunch with the League program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. The presenter was Ethan Hollander, Chair of the Crawfordsville Human Rights Commission and also Associate Professor of Political Science at Wabash College. The answer to the question is, surprisingly, none.
    Our Declaration of Independence establishes that we have certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What the Constitution does is ensure that our government does not abridge or restrict the natural rights of everyone. Throughout the free world, human rights commissions have been created as one of many vehicles to safeguard us against any injustices that affect our well-being.
    The Crawfordsville Human Rights Commission was set up in 1979 to address some fair housing policies. It became dormant and was reactivated in early 2017 by Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton. The twelve-person commission has been tasked with promoting diversity, equality, and goodwill among the people of Crawfordsville.
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  • Friday, May 10, 2019 1:16 AM
    The League of Women Voters has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative government and worked to protect fundamental citizen rights and individual liberties. During the month of May the League celebrates the importance of fair and impartial laws.
    Law Day, held in early May, is set aside to celebrate the rule of law and provides an opportunity to understand how law and legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.
    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.
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  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 2:11 AM
    Oscar Anderson of the Montgomery County LWV was re-elected Co-President of the LWV of Indiana Saturday at the 2019 State Convention April 27-28 held at the Lafayette Holiday Inn. Linda Hanson, LWV of Muncie/Delaware, was elected to serve as his Co-President. Men have been active members of the League of Women Voters for many years, but Anderson became the first Indiana male State President when he was elected in 2017 and now has been re-elected for another two year term!
    Montgomery County had seven delegates to the 2019 LWVIN Convention: Linda Airey, Nancy Bennett, Nick Hedrick, Helen Hudson, Vicke-Hudson Swisher, Tina Osborn and Gail Pebworth in addition to Anderson.
    Welcoming the Convention delegates were the two Tippecanoe County Mayors: Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and West Lafayette Mayor John R. Dennis. Keynote speakers included: Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University and the Honorary Loretta Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
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  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    Community Insights, a partnership of the Montgomery County Community Foundation and League of Women Voters, recently launched a three-part public participation series on workforce issues in the community. Each of the three sessions brought about 30 attendees together in Fusion 54 to listen to presenters working directly with the issues and then to share their points of view and suggestions for addressing work force concerns.
    The Community Insights partnership resulted as the MCCF responded to the Lilly Endowment’s Gift VII program’s call for foundations’ active leadership in addressing community problems and the League’s Economic Health committee’s member survey indicating workforce as an important issue for research, public education, and advocacy. Focusing the first session on Workforce: The Big Picture, MCCF and the League recognized the crucial impact of workforce issues on the life and growth of our community.
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  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently, Nucor Steel corporate officials chose a site in Brandenburg Kentucky for a substantial new plate manufacturing facility. We should all be proud that Crawfordsville and Montgomery County were under consideration up until the final decision was made.
    The effort that went into the final proposal shows how dedicated our local officials are to bringing continued economic growth to fruition. Cheryl Morphew is president of CRMorphew Consulting and economic development consultant to the City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. She illustrated how tirelessly everyone worked to try to bring this huge project to our area at a recent League of Women Voters “Lunch With the League” program.
    Last October 16, Cheryl received an RFI (Request for Information) from the IDEC (Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana's lead economic development agency). It was for a very large project. Originally dubbed “Mega Midwest” (the name of the actual company was withheld, as is often the case). It required 1,000 acres of land, rail service and a navigable river. Since there was no 1000-acre site with a navigable river in Montgomery County, she could not respond.
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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 4:00 AM
    GOVERNMENT DIRECTORY: 2019 Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana published by the League of Women Voters, is a 30 page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term.
    A strong democracy depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens. The LWV of Montgomery County is grateful for the nearly 400 elected and appointed citizens who give of their time and talent to serve on 95 local boards, commissions, councils, or precincts.
    Contact information is included for the President of the United States, Indiana’s two United States Senators and Congressman from the 4th District.
    Indiana state officials posted are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as State Senator District for District 23 and House Representatives for Districts 13 and 41. Public Access Counselor is included as well as Indiana Code for the Open Door Law.
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  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hoosiers are ready for Fair Maps and new rules that make the process of drawing districts impartial, so that our government is truly of, by, and for the people.
    The League of Women Voters of Indiana has partnered with Common Cause Indiana to create a state wide coalition calling for real redistricting reform in Indiana. Coalition Partners include: Hoosier Environmental Council, Citizens Action Coalition, ACLU, NAACP, Indiana Farmers Union, Jobs for Justice, and Moral Mondays.
    An important step was taken last week when the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 105 with bi-partisan support, and the LWV is delighted that Senator Phil Boots voted in support. SB 105 is now assigned to the House Apportionment and Elections Committee, and Chair Representative Tim Wesco from Osceola has until April 11 to give this bill a hearing and bring it to a vote.
    Last Tuesday, March 26, a Rally was held first at the Indiana Court House at Ohio & Meridian. Speakers included Julia Vaughn of Common Cause, Sheila Kennedy (IUPUI Professor and Legal Expert), and Debbie Asberry of the League with a large group of supporters, including members of the Montgomery County LWV then marching to the State House chanting and carrying signs “Reform Redistricting NOW!” giving voice to important issue of ending partisan gerrymandering.
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Sunshine Week each March marks an annual nationwide discussion about access to public information and the important role that we – the public – have in keeping our communities healthy, vibrant and strong. The League of Women Voters joins other organizations in observing Sunshine Week and encouraging open government.
    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 Montgomery County.
    The LWV Observers listen and learn how these governmental boards functions 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 the ears of the League—a pipeline to what is being thought, said, and done in local government.
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