How, Why To Plan To Electrify Your Life

There’s a lyric by The National that reads, “I still owe money to the money I owe,” a nod to the slog of ditching debt. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could save serious coin on our monthly bills? Even nicer, to save money on the changes required to shave hundreds off our heating, cooling…

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Two Roads Diverged In Energy Futures

Rarely does an exchange on social media measure up, but League Climate Team member John Smilie’s posts usually educate, prompt thoughtful discussion and aim toward the common good. His recent post was worthy of a wider audience so we’ve brought the conversation here. “An EV battery has about 8kg of lithium. 2021 production was 100k…

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The Joy Of Voting

Tom Nichols, staff writer for The Atlantic, penned the piece we at the League should have thought of: “The Joy of Voting.” This leads to the question, have you noticed self-satisfaction when you vote? Or joy? It’s worth pausing, taking a deep breath and measuring our instinctive reactions to words like voting, election, absentee ballot,…

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What’s Latest On Housing Pinch Locally?

If you follow regional news, you may have read that nearly 1,1000 Indianapolis households faced eviction when their property owners failed to pay $1.9 million in water bills. In a settlement that came in three weeks before the residents would have to move, JPC Affordable Housing Foundation agreed to sell the rental units and leave…

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Bamboo Or Bamboozled

Two weeks ago, two young men walked down a side street here in Crawfordsville, eyes cast to the ground, sweeping gazes and picking up bits of trash. They wore lanyards and gloves and cleaned up bits of plastic wrappers, cans and Styrofoam that littered the berm. For a few days the block looked cleaner, but…

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Film Prompts Questions About Entitlement, Contentment

“Who deserves the right to go down into the Grand Canyon?” “Isn’t everyone entitled?” “We are providing a solution to a need.” These were the pitches of developers to the council of the Navajo Nation captured in the documentary Into the Canyon. They wanted to build a massive shopping-restaurant-transport complex at the confluence of the…

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Thinking About Democracy From Two Sides of Pond

EDITOR’S NOTE: This will be an unusual column. LWV member Maria Reynolds-Weir is writing in the first person to reflect upon what traveling this year has taught this writer about our democracy. Until this past 12 months, I hadn’t traveled much outside of the USA, but in October, I had the opportunity to go to…

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Wine, Cheese And Women’s Equality Day

What do wine, cheese, and women’s equality have in common? A) Aug. 26, B) Democracy, C) The League of Women Voters, or D) All the above. If you answered D, way to win. Montgomery County’s League of Women Voters plans to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 with a wine-and-cheese, meet-and-greet at the Crawfordsville…

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Being Part Of The Solution

The news this summer has been filled with signs of climate change: fires out west, flooding in St. Louis and Kentucky, heat waves across the US and Europe. One contribution to climate change is the production of the stuff that we purchase. Recycling can help with this – materials already taken from the earth can…

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To Aquarium Or Not To Aquarium

Last week members of the community gathered to watch Nausicaa, Staging the Oceans’ Biodiversity, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and Wabash College. The film presents the creation of Europe’s largest aquarium tank, in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. The tank is 197 feet long, 115 feet wide, 26 feet deep, and holds 2.6…

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