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Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Tomorrow marks the 45th 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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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    More than 30 years after the amnesty bill became law under the Reagan Administration, the stringent workplace enforcement many expected, and mandated use of the government’s E-Verify system (which confirms employment eligibility) for employers to check the legal employment status of prospective hires, is still being debated by lawmakers and the business community. Multiple iterations of federal legislation to require employment verification have been defeated in Congress. In fact, Congress has not been able to enact any meaningful legislation at all to deal with the complex issues surrounding immigration.
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  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    “The Patience and Affordable Care Act—What can we as citizens Do?” was the title of Bill Doemel’s speech at the recent League of Women Voters Annual Meeting.
    President Donald Trump speaking about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 said, “ And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get better and this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake. And I think most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down. Yes, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly it’s a great plan and ultimately that’s what it’s all about.”
    Doemel posed “Is it really a great plan? Let’s take a closer look.” No funds will go to Planned Parenthood for at least one year. While many associate Planned Parenthood only with abortion, the organization through its clinics provides 32 percent of women with low-incomes (nearly 2 million) with contraceptive care. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that in many low income communities access to contraceptive services will be lost resulting in thousands of additional unintended pregnancies.
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  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    A Green Issues Summer Movie Series will again be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Lilly Library. Free to the public, the movies will start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center Wabash College on South Grant Street.
    Light refreshments will be provided at each of the films. The Green Issues Film Series is provided as a free service to residents of Montgomery County to spark awareness of and interest in environmental issues facing Americans today. This year eight films will be offered.
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County presented the “2017 Making Democracy Work Award” to a remarkable couple—William & the late Nancy Doemel at the recent Annual Meeting. This is first time the award has gone to a couple but each Doemel has contributed in so many ways.
    This award recognizes and honors members of our community who have been leaders and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.
    Nancy Doemel contributed to making democracy work through a variety of organizations. She worked at Wabash College for more than three decades as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations raising more than $30 million for the College facilities and programs.
    In 1991, Nancy spearheaded efforts to establish the Montgomery County Community Foundation setting up initial meeting with community leaders and Eli Lilly, as Lilly began to offer startup funds for county foundations, resulting in more than $17 million invested by Lilly Endowment in Montgomery County through grants and scholarships. Nancy served 12 years on the MCCF Board of Directors and was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Women’s Legacy Fund of MCCF that benefits women and children of our community.
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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Advocates for Livability Summit was held recently at the Fort Harrison Conference Center in Indianapolis. Organized by Jennie Todd, Research Associate of Indiana University Center on Aging and Community, the Summit attracted representatives from six Indiana Communities which have received training by Todd and Dr. Sharon Baggett from University of Indianapolis. The other cities participating in the Summit were: Shelbyville, Kokomo, Richmond, Bedford, and Wabash.
    Representing Crawfordsville were Alice Phillips, President of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, Nick Hedrick, Diana McCormick-Director of Athens Art, Katy Myers, Gail Pebworth, and Dale Petrie-Operations Director of the City of Crawfordsville.
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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    “…forget all your troubles, forget all your cares so go Downtown . . .” Some of you might recognize this lyric from a Sixties hit tune. This is exactly how Sue Lucas, President of Crawfordsville Main Street (CMS), would like you to feel. Their mission is simple: “Because every city needs a strong and vibrant core, Crawfordsville Main Street exists to continually improve downtown Crawfordsville. Crawfordsville Main Street works to address critical issues that foster the growth, well being and user-friendliness of downtown through the coordinated efforts of both the public and private sectors.” Turning their mission into reality takes a lot of hard work.
    Now celebrating their 15th anniversary, the antecedents of the organization go back to the early 1990s when the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce created a “Downtown Committee.” They were successful in getting the US department of the Interior to designate much of our downtown as a Commercial Historic District. In 1999, the Crawfordsville City Council created the “Crawfordsville Downtown Revitalization Commission” to address our downtown’s physical decline. In March of 2002, this commission essentially became Crawfordsville Main Street. They are a member of Indiana Main Street which is in turn part of Main Street America, so there is a huge amount of experience and synergy that’s filtering down to our community. 
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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:00 AM
    Oscar Anderson of Montgomery County and Patricia Hoyer of Greater Lafayette were elected Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Indiana at the 2017 LWVIN State Convention held April 29-30 in Mishawaka. Anderson becomes the first male president of the Indiana League which was organized in 1920.
    Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Anderson has AB from University of Chicago in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, followed by graduate work in Visual Designs from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He spent many years in Chicago in graphic design. He is presently sole proprietor of Oscar Plus-freelance graphic design in Crawfordsville.
    Anderson was a Montgomery County LWV delegate to 2016 LWVUS National Convention in Washington D.C. and is chair this year of the popular Montgomery County monthly Lunch with League series. He supports all League positions with highest levels of interest in voter education and registration, independent redistricting, and reproductive rights. Two other Montgomery County Leaguers were elected to the State Board at the LWVIN Council in 2016—Karen Patton-Secretary and Gail Pebworth-Director.
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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    The mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage informed and active participation in government. The League adopts and studies in depth governmental issues at local, state and national levels. Public meetings are often held to provide information as the League conducts these studies, some of which may take several years.
    In addition, the LWV offers a monthly public “Lunch with the League” series, usually held on the first Monday of the month in the Whitlock Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch, so no reservations are required.
    The topics at the lunches cover a variety of issues of general concern for Montgomery County. Oscar Anderson has been the chair of the 2016-2017 Lunch with League series and organized a very interesting year.
    June, 2016 “The Ins and Outs of Recycling in Montgomery County” was presented by Deanna Durrett who identified the many opportunities for households to recycle in Montgomery County and the potential for improving the local recycling system.
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  • 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 VOTE411.org. 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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