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Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.
    The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States.
    To complement these goals the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.
    In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in this country to earn legal status.
    The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations.
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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties. The mission of the League is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to increase public understanding of major policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
    In addition to our primary efforts providing wide range of services to voters, the League studies local, state, and national governmental issues resulting in positions the LWV supports in four major program areas: Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy. 
    Today’s column will briefly highlight Natural Resources Positions in which the League promotes an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
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  • Thursday, April 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    “What made you decide to run for Montgomery County Council in the first place?” was one of the many questions asked and answered by recently elected by county official Gary Booth. At the April 3 “Lunch With the League” program sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Booth addressed many issues affecting all the citizens of Montgomery County. He’s a life-long resident of our community and probably known best as a successful and respected businessman at Booth Machinery. It was obvious from the beginning of the program how deeply Booth cares about our community.
    The first question he was asked was his reaction to the 2 million dollar-plus deficit the county faced, which has been reported on extensively. He had only been in office for about a week when he and his colleagues were faced with this issue. Booth wasn’t totally sure how the problem occurred but stated that the tax caps circuit breakers were probably a major factor. He made it clear that they were able to deal with the problem on a short-term basis but this Band-Aid approach will mean that some tough decisions will have to be made beginning in June when the work on the 2018 budget begins. Does this mean a property tax increase? At this point, no one can say for sure but Booth made it very clear that every expenditure will be looked at very carefully.
    He then mentioned that one of the things he ran for office on was the crime issue. It’s a huge chunk of the county budget (upwards of 80 percent). He’s talked with both the courts and the Sheriff’s department about combating crime and made the point that people arrested are often out on the street before officers can even finish their own paperwork. Booth feels very strongly that crime is a community problem that we all have work together to solve. He pointed out that organizations such as 4-H are vital in terms of giving young people a sense of responsibility and integrity. “How many 4-H kids do you see in front of a judge?” he asked. 
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  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Making Democracy Work” is the key emphasis of the League of Women Voters of the United States at all levels as the League moves towards its 100th Anniversary in 2020. The LWV goals are built on our core mission on behalf of voters.
    League members in Indiana and throughout the country are working to:
    * Grow the vote by continually registering more voters, informing them about voting procedures and preparing them to arrive at the polls with everything they need to cast their ballots.
    * Protect the vote by working with local elections officials, organizing poll watching programs, and continuing to fight voter suppression efforts at the state and local levels.
    * Empower voters with information, through nonpartisan voters’ guides and candidate forums and debates as well as online tools—especially Local Lunch with the League and public forums provide Montgomery County citizens with important information and opportunity to talk with experts on important topics affecting our community.
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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    In its “Summary of Public Policy Positions,” the League of Women Voters states the importance of providing essential support services for all. At the March “Lunch With the League” presentation, we learned about an extraordinary program right here in Montgomery County that clearly supports this goal. It is known as the Montgomery Adult Guardianship Services (MAGS) program and is an innovative volunteer limited guardian initiative designed to address the critical health care, social service and legal representation needs of the growing population of ill and at-risk incapacitated adults in Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Sunshine Week from March 12 to March 18 marks an annual nationwide discussion about access to public information and the important role that we – the public – have in keeping our communities healthy, vibrant and strong. The League of Women Voters joins other organizations in observing Sunshine Week and encouraging open government.
    A delegation from LWV of Montgomery County attended a panel discussion Tuesday in Greencastle “Keeping the Door Open—Fighting for Public Transparency” co-sponsored by the LWV of Greencastle and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Panelists included: Miranda Spivack-Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, Luke Britt-Indiana’s Public Access counselor, Jaren Jernagan-Assistant Editor of the Banner Graphic and Tony Gargo-Director of The Media School at Indiana University and board member of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.
    The United States system of government is based on the premise that government is a creature of the people and is accountable to them. An open and accountable government is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy. Since its founding, members of the League of Women Voters have been on the frontlines to promote governmental transparency at the local, state and national levels.
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  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    March is National Women’s History Month. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s history week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the President has issues a proclamation.
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  • Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Economic Health Committee of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has studied housing issues in Crawfordsville/Montgomery County for the past two years. The League believes that understanding housing issues in our community is important to our overall economic health. 
    Through interviews and other research, we learned that the availability of housing at all price levels is essential for an economically balanced and successful community.
    A high number of low income or HUD housing units may be a signal to prospective businesses that the community cannot support them.
    The lack of upper income housing may mean professionals and executives from local companies choose not to live in our community. 
    Derelict and abandoned structures give an appearance of community decline. These imbalances create major challenges to public service providers, cultural activities, schools, and philanthropic endeavors. 
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  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Government Directory: 2017 Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana published by the League of Women Voters, is a 29 page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term.
    A strong democracy depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens. The LWV of Montgomery County is grateful for the nearly 400 elected and appointed citizens who give of their time and talent to serve on 95 local boards, commissions, councils, or precincts.
    Contact information is included for the President of the United States, Indiana’s two United States Senators and Congressman from the 4th District.
    Indiana state officials posted are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treas-urer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as State Senator District for District 23 and House Representatives for Districts 13 and 41. Public Access Counselor is included as well as Indiana Code for the Open Door Law.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Feb. 14 marked the 97th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, six months before the ratification of 19th amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote.
    The 19th Amendment was the culmination of a 72 year effort which began in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Visionary and courageous individuals throughout the country, including Zerelda Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace, were key suffrage supporters.
    From its beginning in 1920, the LWV has provided service to voters and influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party and is now open to men as well as women. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. 
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  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    Circuit Court Judge Harry A. Siamas spoke to the Feb. 6 Lunch with the League meeting about Montgomery County’s judicial history from the end of the pioneer era to modern times.
    Most of Montgomery County’s judges have played prominent roles in the history of our state and in some cases our nation. For instance, Judge William Bryant served in the militia during the Black Hawk War of 1832. He worked to elect Jackson Democrats to state office and as a reward President James Polk appointed Bryant Chief Justice of the Oregon Territory in 1849. Returning to Indiana Bryant won election and served as Circuit Court Judge from 1852 to 1858.
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  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    The LWVMC Economic Health Committee has studied housing in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County for the past two years. The League believes that understanding housing issues in our community is important to our overall economic health. The availability of housing at all price levels is essential for an economically balanced and successful community.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Women’s marches and rallies Saturday, Jan. 21 attracted millions of participants at more than 600 locations throughout the United States with six in Indiana. A number of Montgomery County residents participated in the Lafayette 2 p.m. gathering at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. There was a remarkably diverse group of women and men of all ages and also children from pre-school to high school as well as collegiate students. The atmosphere was one of solidarity and positive hope and commitment for a better future.
    Paul Foster provided prelude music with Jeffrey All and Rick Mummey singing “ Teach Your Children Well” and several other inspirational songs throughout the afternoon program.
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  • League publishing updated FOCUS on Montgomery County
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    An updated and enhanced FOCUS on MONTGOMERY COUNTY has recently been published by the League of Women Voters. The first FOCUS was compiled in 1969. Nancy Bennett edited this 11th edition with assistance of the LWV Editorial Committee and many community members. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Steele for the photographs which appear throughout FOCUS and to Oscar Anderson who designed the cover and coordinated printing.
    The 115 page book features 19 chapters. The first chapter includes a fascinating history of the county, Crawfordsville, and 11 townships with information on the origin of names of villages, towns and townships as well as other historic sites in Crawfordsville and information on a number of history organizations.
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Oppose all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking” is a stated national position of the League of Women Voters. It’s shocking to realize that human trafficking is probably going on right here in Montgomery County. Last year there were more than 160 cases affecting youth in Indiana alone. An eye-opening presentation about the problem was given to the League by Kate Kimmer who is Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP), Indiana Youth Services Association. She left us all stunned with the seriousness of the problem.
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