Small town challenge: Mental health of Black women

“Everybody has business they need to unload and spill,” said Erika Frazier. For her, it’s grief, the end of her marriage, the stress of being her parents’ caregivers and the worry she wasn’t present for her two children during all those events. When Frazier’s mom died last October, she helped prepare the body for burial.…

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Why join the League of Women Voters

Now is always a good time to join the League of Women Voters. If you are like me, you’ve waited, maybe because of young kids, a career, school, a bevy of commitments to your church or other community organization. I want to say that after two years of involvement, it’s worth the small amount of…

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Micro-homing could transform housing, even here

“Imagine a combat vet in his small town where there’s low crime and a high military population. He should fit into the community, but he’s unhomed. He has a disability and complex trauma.” Ted Brinegar, founder of Foxhole Homes, began explaining his objectives by focusing on the challenges that result in homelessness. Brinegar, who has…

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Agreeing to Disagree, How Local Leaders Lead

When the street department announced it would put a four-way stop just around the corner from Dari-Licious at Oak and Market streets, a Facebook acquaintance lamented that he’d not attended city meetings. He wasn’t enthused about the change to traffic there. When the county divided over wind farms, those who opposed them attended more meetings…

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We are still here

“I am a Hoosier born and raised,” wrote Beth Saligugi Elam, “but first and foremost I am Chickamauga Cherokee and descendant of the Powhatan Confederacy. I would like White Hoosiers to understand that we are still here.” “We’re still here,” echoed EagleWolf, a member of an Alabama-recognized band of Cherokee, who asked his last name…

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Gifting – A thrifty plan for the holidays

“When do you open your Christmas presents?” When David Sedaris asks in an essay about international Saint Nicholas traditions, he links when families open gifts with how many gifts they give and get. Some families prioritize other traditions – meals and church services, for instance – trending toward restraint in gifting. “It’s nothing I’d want…

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How to be a local leader

“A good man is hard to find,” wrote Flannery O’Connor. The League of Women Voters would reword this: A good human is hard to find, especially one who wants to run for office and serve the public. And, in recent weeks Mayor Barton has put out a call for public servants. At the Nov. 30…

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