The League of Women Voters promotes informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy at the local, state and national levels. The League is nonpartisan and never supports or opposes political parties or candidates, although we do take positions on issues. Membership is open to men and women over the age of 16.
Visit http://www.VOTE411.org to find out who will be on your ballot and how the voting process works in your community. This election is about our future, and we all need to weigh in.
The following are the dates for LWVLC candidate forums.
SEPTEMBER 21 County Treasurer and Prosecutor State Representative 7 pm - Government Center
SEPTEMBER 29 Board of Commissioners Districts 1, 6, and 7 7 pm - Elmwood Fire Hall
OCTOBER 4 Board of Commissioners Districts 4 and 5 7 pm - Leelanau Township Fire Hall
OCTOBER 6 Board of Commissioners Districts 2 and 3 7 pm - Suttons Bay Fire Hall
OCTOBER 10 Congressional Candidates 7 pm + Lars Hockstad Auditorium Traverse City Hosted by LWVLC, LWVGTA, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) and the International Affairs Forum
OCTOBER 17 Northport Board of Education 7 pm + Leelanau Township Fire Hall
OCTOBER 20 State Representatives 104th District 7pm Glen Arbor Town Hall Cherry Pie Debate Hosted by Leelanau Enterprise and IPR
There is growing concern over our divisive political environment. Political discussions often deteriorate into heated arguments. This inability to communicate inhibits constructive conversations about how to solve problems in our community, state and nation.
What can be done to reduce this political polarization and to improve our needed problem solving skills?
Panelists H. Lynn Jondahl, Charles Judson and Rebecca Garland Rogan each have extensive experience with working to resolve conflict. They will provide suggestions as to what they have seen work and not work when they have attempted to bridge divides among elected officials, business organizations, community groups and families.
Following is the current status.
WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT AT KASSON AND BINGHAN TOWNSHIP
First and foremost, second only to Keweenaw County, Leelanau County has the most shoreline along Lake Michigan of all Michigan Counties. There is no one better to send this important message to our representatives than our Township and Villages.
The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world's fresh, available surface water; are a drinking water source for 40 million people; and sustain agriculture, fishing, shipping and industry within its bordering states. One of every five jobs in Michigan depends on the quality and quantity of the Lakes' fresh water. Billions of tourism dollars rest on the image of "Pure Michigan." There is consensus that the Straits would be the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes.
Time for unwavering trust in the "fox to guard the chicken house" is over. Line 5 carries crude oil and other hazardous materials under the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has a poor track record that includes 1,244 spills. A rupture near Kalamazoo in 2010 allowed almost one million gallons of tar sands oil to leak from an Enbridge pipeline for 17 hours before being shut down.
Your township or village will not be alone in passing such a resolution. Over 50 local Michigan governmental communities and the 35 federally-recognized tribes that have called for the immediate closure of Enbridge Line 5, and the list is growing.
We live here because we love the water. We are also entrusted to protect it. Protection of Michigan's water supplies and resources is best accomplished by prevention rather than an after the fact clean up. This is a message that your Township or Village can send to Lansing that will only cost a postage stamp but could save Leelanau County many tourism dollars.