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Sunday, April 19, 2015
  • A Crawfordsville Candidates’ Forum will be held Thursday, April 23 in the auditorium of Crawfordsville High School.  Sponsored by the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Federation of Business of Business & Professional Women and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, the forum will offer the public an opportunity in one evening to talk with and hear candidates for  Mayor, City Council and Clerk/Treasurer present opening statements and answer questions.

    The “Meet and Greet” session will begin at 6 p.m. with candidates having tables in the commons area, allowing public to talk individually with all the candidates.

  • "Solar Power in Crawfordsville" was the topic presented by Michael Fons at Monday's Lunch with the League. Fons emphasized three key points.

    First, the use of coal and gas to generate electricity harms us and our environment. Man-made pollution continues to degrade our environment. Climate change is a reality and the use of fossil fuels has significantly impacted the environment in a deleterious way.

    Secondly, the cost of solar generated electricity has reached parity with conventional coal and gas generated electricity. Fons provided examples of the competitiveness of solar electricity using actual costs and prices.

    Thirdly, solar panel electricity is an example of local production, local use, local responsibility and local accountability.

    Since 2004, the number of new solar installations has increased dramatically for utilities, non-residential and residential users. At the same time the cost of putting solar panels on typical house has dropped nearly 70 percent since 1998. Comparing the average price per kilowatt hour by states, Indiana is ranked 37th among states. Louisiana is lowest, California is 43rd and Hawaii is most expensive.

  • 2015 GOVERNMENT DIRECTORY: Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana, published by the League of Women Voters, is a 30 page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term. The 2015 directory includes improved maps of current city of Crawfordsville and County Voting Districts.

    Edited by Deanna Durrett, information is provided about Voter Registration, the Montgomery County Election Board and contact information for state and county political party chairs and precinct committee chairs.

    Contact information for the President of the United States lists address, telephone number, and website. Washington D.C. contact information is included for 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, Treasurer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Contact information is provided for Indiana Senator for District 23 and House Representatives for Districts 13 and 41 as well as contact information for the Public Access Counselor.

    Montgomery County elected judicial officials are judges of Circuit Court, Superior Court 1, 
  • The Montgomery County League of Women Voters held a public Health and Wellness Forum on March 19 in Wabash College Baxter Hall. Four panelists Mayor Todd Barton, Bill Doemel from the Mary Ludwig Montgomery County Free Clinic, Joe Haklin, Athletic Director and Wabash College Wellness Coordinator, and Terry Klein, Vice President and Chief Operating Office from Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville, presented health and wellness initiatives in Montgomery County.

    Carolyn Snyder, moderator, began the evening with the 2014 Montgomery County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2012, Montgomery County ranked 52nd in the Indiana in health outcomes. In 2014, Montgomery County ranked 41st , demonstrating an improvement of 9 percent in two years. The percentages were impacted by a decrease in premature death, better health behaviors and a positive physical environment. Negative county factors were 17 percent uninsured, 52 percent of children in poverty, and 22 percent of families with inadequate social support.

    Each panelist was asked to present the following: innovative approaches to health and wellness; gaps found to be the basis for the new approaches; barriers to the success of these innovative approaches, and further resources and/or commitment needed to make these approaches more successful.

  • Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 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.

    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, League members have been on the frontlines to promote governmental transparency at the local, state and national levels.

    Since 1947, members of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County have served as observers at many of the government boards, councils and commissions in Crawfordsville and the county.

    The LWV Observers listen and learn how these governmental boards functions and what issues they handle. The League seeks to assist its members and the public to become better educated about local issues. The Observers are the eyes and the ears of the League-a pipeline to what is being thought, said, and done in local government.

  • "Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Theories" was the topic presented by Preston Bost, Wabash College Professor of Psychology, at the March "Lunch with the League."

    Bost identified four essential elements of a conspiracy theory: coordination among multiple agents, power hierarchy, secrecy, and subversion of others' interests in favor of one's own. He stated that there is only thin literature specific to the origin of conspiratorial beliefs.

    But conspiracy beliefs are pervasive. Oliver & Wood (2014) stated that about 50 percent of the American public endorses at least one of these seven conspiracy theories:

    - 9/11 was planned by the U.S. government.

    - President Obama is not an American citizen.

    - Oil companies coordinated the invasion of Iraq.

    - Wall Street Bankers orchestrated the 2008 financial crisis.

    - Airplane vapor trails are chemical agents.

    - Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a form of mind control.

    - Billionaire George Soros is attempting to destabilize the American government and take over the media.

    Conspiracy beliefs are not uniquely American, or even uniquely western. If conspiracy beliefs are a special case of cheater detection, what makes the radar hyper-sensitive? Perhaps being a certain type of person?

  • This is the second column reporting on the presentation by Kristin Clary, Executive Director of Montgomery County Economic Development, as part of the third annual "State of the Community" public forum held at Crawfordsville High School last month.

    The strong agricultural leadership in Montgomery County will make us competitive in that market, which already includes companies such as Bane-Welker and Banjo Corporation (farm equipment sales); Ceres Solutions (co-op farm product distributors/fertilizer sales); Bonnie Plant Farm (large scale farm product distributor); Valero (Ethanol production); Cargill (provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products); Pace Dairy (Processing and Packaging); Moody Meats (Processing, retail, wholesale, distribution); and Lowe Meats (processing, retail).

    Retention and expansion of current businesses is also important to the local economy. In 2014, seven expansions occurred in the city (California Pellet Mill, Closure Systems International, Kroger Pace Dairy, Penguin Random House, Raybestos Power Train, RR Donnelley, and Temple Inland Container [International Paper]) and two in the county (Dubois Strapping and Performance Master, LLC.)

  • How do we measure success in economic development? Is it the number of jobs brought to the community? Compared to whom?--ourselves last year? The rest of Indiana or the US? Neighboring, similar communities? This is the first of two columns reporting on the presentation by Kristin Clary, Executive Director of Montgomery County Economic Development (MCED), as part of the as part of the third "State of Community" public forum held at Crawfordsville High School Feb. 3.

    In 2012, MCED created a five-year strategic plan including goals for job creation, retention and stabilization of business and industry, workforce development, and for coordination of all the various groups working on economic development in the county. The plan also mandated annual performance measurements.

    This accountability is important to the community since MCED is funded by a combination of tax dollars from city and county government, grants, and contributions from local business and industry. The measures chosen were (1) net jobs growth percentage; (2) household income; and (3) total assessed value growth. Kristin Clary, Executive Director of MCED, reported at the 
  • February 14 marked the 95th 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.

    Throughout the decades the League has successfully worked for many causes. The League's first major national legislative success was the passage of the1921 Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs. In the 1930's, League members 
  • "Addiction" was the topic presented by Richard Kite PhD at Monday's Lunch with the League held in Whitlock Hall of St. John's Episcopal Church. What is addiction? Addition is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain-they change its structure and how it works.

    There are both human and economic costs related to addiction. Alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs contribute to 90,000 deaths per year. Nicotine contributes to 480,000 deaths per year. Abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illicit and prescription drugs cost Americans more than $700 billion a year in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity.

    The addiction potential of selected drugs has been identified. High or very high addiction potential include narcotics (heroin and morphine), simulants (methamphetamine, nicotine, and cocaine), and depressants (barbiturates).


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