At this time of year when many of us make resolutions, the League of Women Voters encourages all to include citizenship in your goals for 2013.

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.

The League congratulates all the officials elected in November who will assume or continue their offices. Many other citizens will be serving as appointed members of city and county boards. Elected and appointed individuals are to be applauded for their community interest and willingness to serve the public.

Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of American citizens. To be eligible to vote, you must be registered. If you are not presently registered, visit You can register in person at the Voter Registration Office at the Court House or at the Bureau of Motor Vehicle at 1629 Eastway Dr.

Be knowledgeable about the issues. Consider all points of view and strive to understand positions other than your own. Encourage family and friends to be informed and involved.

Founded by activists who secured voting rights for women, the League has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative government. Protecting and enhancing voting rights for all Americans, assuring opportunities for citizen participation, working for open, accountable, representative and responsive government at every level-all reflect the deeply held convictions of the League of Women Voters.

The League believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation at all levels of government. The LWV further believes that governmental bodies must protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible. The Montgomery County League has an active Observers Corps with League members regularly observing more than twenty city and county boards, councils, commissions.

Governmental officials are to be encouraged to have vision for the future so that our communities and county can prosper. There are many factors that contribute to economic health including business and industry, education and training, recreation and tourism, health care and housing.

Cooperation and coordination among the city, the county, and other local entities are exceedingly important to the economic health and development of Montgomery County, and directly impact all these factors. Genuine dialogue among all players in the county with continued education and understanding of what is involved in economic development is essential.

Consistent, focused, and coherent activity with consideration given to long-term goals is vital. To be successful in today's competitive world will require awareness of opportunities and new approaches. A willingness to invest real resources when needed is also important.

The expansion of Ivy Tech is an example of the long term, positive, and inclusive outcomes and benefits that can occur when we work together. The League of Women Voters encourages our local elected and appointed officials with support of informed citizens to continue to move forward in 2013!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join the LWV where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website: , send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville 47933 or e-mail