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March, 2012, LWVMZC Newsletter Articles

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Our League News

C0−President’s Message

I’m nearly at the point of not listening or reading the news, with so much supposition and ego speak bombarding the airways. What is it to be informed and to actively advocate in a non− biased way? I have to admit that I am challenged daily by the times and these questions.

Calendar, March, 2012

The next few months of our planned activities

Split Estates Movie and Fracking Handouts

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30pm, Cahone Community Center, 1018 HWY 491, Cahone, CO
“Split Estates” DVD − 76 minute film

Great Decisions Starting in Dolores

League members are invited to participate in the 2012 edition of the Great Decisions discussion groups. Topics this year include:

Three from Cortez received training from Orton Family Foundation

Three persons representing Cortez attended a three−day workshop in Chicago sponsored by the Orton Family Foundation. The Cortez City Planner (Kirsten Sackett), the Executive Director of the Cortez Cultural Center (Dr. Shawn Collins), and Eleanor Kuhl represented Cortez.

Are Ballots Public Records?

Colorado county clerks are concerned about the move to consider ballots public records open to inspection by the public. The concern stems from the fact that due to Colorado’s overlapping special districts which result in many different ballot styles; it would in some situations be possible to identify the voter behind the ballot.


The following opinion piece is written by member Pat Kantor and appeared in the Free Press, Feb 2012.
    Because I so deeply appreciate our lives here in beautiful Montezuma County, as I’m sure you do, I want to make sure that you all are aware of the fact that the Forest Service will be offering...

ADVOCACY: LWVUS Legislative Priorities for 2012

The LWVUS Board established the following as Legislative Priorities for 2012:

1. Voter Protection
2. Campaign Finance Reform
3. Environmental Defense and Health Care Defense

Election Year Resolutions and Hopes for 2012

1. Ensure all eligible voters are registered to vote and can exercise their right to vote without having to overcome unnecessary and restrictive hurdles.
2. Educate the electorate

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Our Board

Our Board for 2012 with contact information.

State and National League

News from Cath Perrone, President LWVCO

  • LWV National Convention Update ( Program Planning )
  • Social Media & Our Nonpartisan Policy Update
  • Legislative Conference 2012 Video Presentations Sent
  • Donor/Fundraising Information
  • Opportunities for Members and Others
  • Campaign Finance Reform Including Support of Constitutional Amendment from Elisabeth MacNamara, President, LWVUS, 2021−02−03

    The LWVUS Board heard from local Leagues, and campaign finance reform emerged as a top legislative priority. The Board discussed possible approaches to the issue and approved the creation of a Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, as well as making the issue a legislative priority.

    EPA Must Act Without Delay to Limit GHG Emissions from Power Plants, Refineries

    Power plants and refineries account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EPA regulation of these two key sources of global warming pollution is long overdue. The two−page fact sheet reviews the status of the EPA’s development...


    Beginning in 2011, the LWVUS/EF Boards have focused on the Power the Vote initiative, aimed at engaging Leagues at every level in a two−year effort to protect and enhance the American election process, with a focus on the needs of voters. The initiative has four main themes:

    General Voter Rights

    More and more articles are appearing in the print and online editions of major news outlets these days about new rules passed by states to limit or discourage a citizen’s right to vote. In 2011 more than a dozen states have passed laws requiring voters...

    Other News

    Natural Gas Wells Leakier Than Believed

    Measurements at Colorado site show methane releases are twice as high as previously estimated.

    Drilling and Production of Natural Gas

    Hal Harvey, an Independent Energy Expert as Written About by Thomas Friedman, New York Times Regarding Drilling and Production of Natural Gas

    Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline in Women

    Our local League has been very active in promoting the need for clean air testifying to EPA and various governmental agencies. The following report was recently published and will be of interest to several of our members. —Jodi Foran

    ‘Perpetual Growth Myth’ Leading World to Meltdown: Experts

    “The current system is broken,” says Bob Watson, the UK’s chief scientific advisor on environmental issues and a winner of the prestigious Blue Planet prize in 2010. “It is driving humanity to a future that is...