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Monday, May 20, 2019
  • 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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  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    The support of planned and articulate economic development in Montgomery County is a long-time objective of the League of Women Voters. When we think of the airport (and unfortunately, many of us may not even know it exists!), few of us look at it as a vital economic engine of our growth.
    In a recent presentation at the “Lunch with the League” program, Lori Curless, Manager of the Crawfordsville Regional Airport, showed us how she and her colleagues have transformed the facility into an important and financially stable enterprise that benefits virtually everyone in our area.
    Aside from being a pilot herself and coming from a family with a long tradition in aviation, Lori also knows a lot about branding and marketing. Even before she took over in 2017, plans were underway to change the name from the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport to Crawfordsville Regional Airport. A small change like this clarifies the demographic in a much more robust way when promoting the facility. When you visit (and all are welcome—especially the best kept secret—a picnic shelter with great views), you will also be greeted in an exceptional terminal and a staff wearing airport branded clothing. Airport staff even provide concierge services to assist pilots and passengers in lodging, car rental and dining. All this helps establish our airport as a truly professionally run organization eager to have return customers.
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  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters has for forty years supported direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President and that the Electoral College should be abolished. The League supports the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of direct popular vote for election of the president, until the abolition of Electoral College is accomplished.
    The National Popular Vote Plan is an agreement among the states to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in ALL 50 states & D.C.by reforming the Electoral College without the need for a constitutional amendment.
    This is a non-polarizing issue with support from both major parties. The National Popular Vote is aligned with the LWV mission to encourage participation and make every vote equal. The current system using the winner-take-all rule, awards all of the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in the STATE instead of the candidate who receives the most votes in the Country. Winner take all rule was not the Founders choice and not in the Constitution. It was used by only 3 states in the first presidential election in 1789.
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  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters has for forty years supported direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President and that the Electoral College should be abolished. The League supports the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of direct popular vote for election of the president, until the abolition of Electoral College is accomplished.
    The National Popular Vote Plan is an agreement among the states to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in ALL 50 states & D.C.by reforming the Electoral College without the need for a constitutional amendment.
    This is a non-polarizing issue with support from both major parties. The National Popular Vote is aligned with the LWV mission to encourage participation and make every vote equal. The current system using the winner-take-all rule, awards all of the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in the STATE instead of the candidate who receives the most votes in the Country. Winner take all rule was not the Founders choice and not in the Constitution. It was used by only 3 states in the first presidential election in 1789.
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  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 AM
    In 1987, the United States Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This creates a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.
    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
    Each year there has been a theme designated by the National Women’s History Alliance which has become the hub for women’s history organizations and expanded its work as the clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history information.
    The special theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” This year women are being honored who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Indiana held its Annual Presidents Day Celebration February 16 at the historic Propylaeum in Indianapolis. Local League Presidents and other local Board members from throughout Indiana joined State Board members to evaluate the last election and report on successful local activities as well as honor past State Presidents.
    Montgomery County’s Oscar Anderson, co-president of the LWVIN, convened the program “Evaluating Our Last Election: What we did and where can we go.” Updates were presented on national diversity, inclusion and equality (DEI) initiative and preliminary plans for 100th Anniversary of the LWV in 2020.
    Amy Smith, Greencastle LWV member and Associate Professor at Ivy Tech, shared valuable information on voter turnout by county and Indiana overall in recent elections with popular vote and percentages won by Democrat, Republican and Libertarian parties for US Indiana Senators and Representatives. Key information was distributed on the League’s emphasis on Making Democracy Work focusing on: Redistricting, Voting Rights and Voter Protection, Improving Elections and advocacy for the National Popular Vote Compact.
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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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