Popular Green Issues Films Are Back

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Green Issues film series, co-sponsored by Montgomery County League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library, return this summer with four engaging documentaries about issues affecting our natural world. Films show at 7 pm in Korb Classroom in the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College. They…

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LWVMC Climate Team Powers Up For Nature Day

On Saturday, June 18, everyone reading this column is invited to our downtown Crawfordsville Carnegie Museum from 1-4 pm to celebrate nothing less than the natural world. To top it off, visitors will be treated to one of the great products and delights of our natural world—ice cream! This event is part of a summer-long…

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New Innovative Ivy Tech Meets Students Where They Are

Ivy Tech Community College is a shining example of Crawfordsville Montgomery County’s commitment to education. Ivy Tech’s presence has grown from a twice-a-week night class in the 1980’s, held in a Crawfordsville School classroom, to the beautiful facility and campus established in 2013 on Phil Ward Blvd. As a higher educational institution, a community college…

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Is This Our Community?

“I was expecting to hear stories of isolation, alienation, tokenism, loneliness. I’m really troubled by the number of stories about threats to personal safety and the sense of not being safe in town or on the campus,” said one man in the back of the audience. An hour into the show, the stage manager came…

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What Are Mutual Tolerance and Forbearance?

We Americans tend to think our democracy is exceptional, it’s a bulwark, it’s resilient, and perhaps indestructible. But a democracy is an enormous institution based on human interdependence. Like any healthy relationship, its internal strength increases when it works hard at maintaining its core values. It’s more likely to thrive when it shares company with…

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Famous Natives Whose Stories We Are Still Discovering Now

While sniffing about for story ideas recently, this writer dug up a gem on the Montgomery County website, a listing names of famous natives. Some of these gems need cleaned, cut, and polished. For instance, two famous jazz musicians, brothers Sidney and Wilbur De Paris were born here, but almost nothing of them- how long…

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The History of Childcare and How It Affects Montgomery County

Tied to a board and put on a human back, laid in a box, locked in a parked car, left to run the docks with a warning “to stay away from the water!”- these were just a few childcare solutions of the past. Long a need for the working class, most actual care of children…

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Voting Is an Act of Trust and A Blow Against Bias

The May primary is here and if national and local trends predict anything, too few people eligible to vote will go to the polls, especially to the primaries in non-Presidential election years. The trend, which Portland University tracks via their “Who Votes for Mayor” project (whovotesformayor.org) has major implications, including creating government bias. The project’s…

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Voting in Primaries 101 – No Straight Tickets and How to Vote for A Trustee

Polls are open in Montgomery County for early voting, and once again it’s time to educate ourselves about voting in the primaries and choosing among the candidates. First a quick reminder about primaries (because poll workers in May 2020 had to explain this) there’s no straight-ticket button in May. Primary voting requires a voter to…

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Everybody Wants to Belong

Everyone wants to belong, and after two years of the pandemic, HUE (Humans United for Equality) plans to bring together the community with the Celebration of Unity after a two-year hiatus. Volunteers for HUE and sponsoring churches and organizations canceled the annual event in 2020 and postponed its scheduled return last September. Finally, on April…

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