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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:41 PM
    The quality of life in our community is contingent on the many services provided by our local government. We immediately think of the police and fire departments as prime examples of agencies that ensure our well-being. Few of us immediately think of play, fitness and fun as an integral part of what makes our city and Montgomery County so livable. In a recent presentation at the August Lunch with the League, Fawn Johnson, Director of Crawfordsville’s Parks and Recreation Department, provided an insightful look at the many responsibilities of her group and how they are able to manage so many diverse programs and activities.
    Needless to say, taking care of our parks is a prime responsibility and at the top of that list is our signature, Milligan Park. This 40 acre stretch of green in the middle of the city is 100 years old this year. It’s important to note that public/private/institutional initiatives are behind many of the attractions in all our parks. For example, Milligan’s Skate Park was conceived of by a citizen’s committee and funded through grants and other means, and the Splash Pad there was funded by Union Township.
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  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:27 PM

    Independence Day-2016 marks 50 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect—yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

                The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966.  This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

                FOIA applies only to federal government agencies.  Each agency is responsible for meeting FOIA responsibilities for its own records and for having specific information available on its website.  Each agency must provide clear description of its central and field organizations and places from which the public may obtain information, make requests, or obtain decisions.

                The law has been amended over the years, first in 1974, following the Watergate scandal.  In 1976, the Sunshine Act amendments specified several exemptions, such as national defense.  A Presidential Executive Order in 1982 allowed withholding information related to national security.

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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 AM

    Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more.  The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”

                Title IX, passed on June 23, 1972, states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

                While many people think of Title IX with its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the legislation covers all educational activities.  However, the benefits Title IX brought to the playing fields of our schools can also be credited with increasing the numbers of women graduating from high school and college, earning graduate degrees and entering into traditionally male-dominated careers.

                Title IX was written by Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink who cited the adversities she faced in obtaining her college degrees at the University of Hawaii, University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago as a driving force for her to initiate this landmark legislation.

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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:14 PM
    Deanna Durrett’s presentation to the League of Women Voters at Lunch with the League Monday featured the many opportunities for households to recycle in Montgomery County and the potential for improving the local recycling system.
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  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:03 AM
    Kathleen Steele was presented the 2016 League of Women Voters of Montgomery County “Making Democracy Work” Award at the recent LWV Annual Meeting.  This award recognizes and honors a member of our community who has been a leader and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:44 PM

    The League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library recently kicked off the 2016 Green Film Series with “Just Eat It,” a film made by two young Canadians highlighting the situation of global food waste. The filmmaker, Grant Baldwin, had read about the well documented fact that North Americans and Europeans waste 40% of all food that is raised in their countries. In other parts of the world, the percentage is still sobering at 30%.

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  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:00 AM
    The newly formed Montgomery County Diversity Council will meet Saturday, 1 p.m. in the Masonic Temple, 221 South Washington Street.  The Council is a non-government, non-partisan, think tank and advocacy group dedicated to peace, prosperity, constitutional values and results as well as principles of life, liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.
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  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:05 AM
    Paul Miller, Crawfordsville Fire Department Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services, is one of those rare individuals who can turn ideas into reality.  He is spearheading a new initiative between the CFD and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Crawfordsville (FSEH-C) hospital which will make us all healthier, safer and help our pocketbooks too.  It’s a non-traditional 911approach to delivering healthcare to our community.
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  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:34 AM

    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2016 “High Visibility Impact Award” to be presented at the National LWV Convention in Washington DC June 17-19.

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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:54 PM

    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible voters to participate in the primary election!  Candidates for key county, state and national offices are on the ballot, and we need YOU to do your part by voting.

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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:52 PM

    The League of Women Voters of the United States has issued the following updated position on “Money in Politics” following study and discussion by local Leagues across the county.

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  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:54 PM
     “Our Passenger Trains: An Update” was the topic presented by Heather Hice at the April Lunch with the League. Hice is the Sales and Marketing Manager of the Hoosier State Train.
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  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:32 PM
    April 10-16 is 2016 National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism.  President Richard Nixon established the first National Volunteer Week in 1974 with a presidential proclamation.
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  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:07 AM
    2016 GOVERNMENT DIRECTORY: Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana, published by the League of Women Voters, is a 28-page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term. The 2016 directory includes updated maps of current city of Crawfordsville and County Voting Districts.
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  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:38 AM
    Elections in 2016 are exceedingly important.  The Primary Election will be held May 3, but voters can choose to vote absentee or early in satellite locations.  Voters need to be informed about the candidates before they vote, and all Montgomery County citizens are encouraged to come to a Montgomery County Candidates’ Forum which will be held Tuesday, March 29 at the 4-H Building. 
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