“Clean Water Indiana” Promotes Conservation Practices

Every person in the world needs and wants clean water. Most of us think of this as a universal human right: without water every living creature dies. Here in Indiana, safe urban and rural drinking water have been the norm—with some notable exceptions. Yet especially after WWII, when using chemicals in manufacturing, in industry, on…

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Wildfires And Us A Burning Discussion

An interested group of Montgomery County residents gathered at Wabash College last week to view and discuss the Green Issues film “Built to Burn.” The Green Issues 2022 film series is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library. Everyone is invited to attend these free and intellectually…

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Why You Should Talk To People You Don’t Know

I recently took Amtrak from Chicago to Portland, a 47-hour trip. Space in the dining car was limited, so when eating our meals we were assigned to sit at a booth with another couple, and at each meal we talked to someone different. The conversations were not deep, but it was delightful to meet new…

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Soil Gives Us Life and Dirt Takes It Away

In the opening scenes of the documentary “Kiss the Ground,” actor Woody Harrelson says he’s “given up” on climate change solutions. As he narrates this, we are shown all too familiar scenes of belching factory pipes, oil refineries, and melting glaciers. As one climate disaster after another hits the news, he says he feels despair.…

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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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