League: A Safe Haven from the Political Storm
by Sarah Skinner, VP Programming
Growing up, I was always told that politics weren’t considered a polite topic of conversation. And my experiences with political discussions seemed to support that. Every time people I knew talked about elections and politicians, they would get mad, and sometimes things would get downright ugly. So as an adult, I tended to avoid politics…completely. Simply put, I ignored politics altogether; I didn’t even vote. While it wasn’t the wisest decision, and certainly not the most responsible in terms of civic duty, I believed it was easier than dealing with all of the polarized conflicts of harsh words and hurt feelings.
And then I discovered the League of Women Voters.
To say that political conversations in the League are different is an understatement. In the League, political discussions are nice. Members are rational, polite, and considerate of each other’s perspectives. The League takes no “sides”; it studies, it researches. It looks only at the facts and respects them. In the League, talking about politics is safe.
The 2016 election cycle has already been a complete circus, and the show is nowhere near over. Many people who never paid much attention to politics before are now looking to get involved, but are finding the climate both uninviting and uninformative. Now, more than ever, people who want to be involved but are turned off by the constant negativity need a safe place to get their political bearings.
Each of us has an opportunity this year to demonstrate how the League approaches politics differently. We should take every chance to engage people in civil conversations, to invite people to our Programs. Now, more than ever, the League needs to be that safe haven for political conversation. All it requires is for us to continue being ourselves
Dates to Remember:
August 26 - 9:30 am
Equal Means Equal FREE movie
September 13 - 7:00 pm
September 20 - 6:00 pm
Main Library Annex
National Voter Registration Day
October 1 – 3:00 pm
Ghost Walk Exhibit Opening
(Exhibit runs through Oct. 31)
October 4 – 7:00 pm
Ross County Service Center
Election Day - GO VOTE!
Dues are now DUE!
Each year we must pay the state our share for their updates and services. If this is paid on time we get a discount so we have more money to help our own community. Dues are still $55 per member and $27.50 for student membership. There are TWO ways to pay:
Go to LWVchillicothe.org and click on ‘Members’
Sign in to or create a sign in for the Members area
Click the ‘Pay Dues’ button (right-hand sidebar at the top)
Make check payable to Chillicothe-Ross League of Women Voters
Mail to our Vice President of Membership:
4971 Mt. Tabor Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Sharon Verhoff (Chair), Dawn Zarbakhsh and all League members.
With this being such an important election year here are some steps LEAGUE is taking to empower and encourage voters in 2016. Ohio Revised Code Section 3503.10 designates Ohio’s public libraries as voter registration sites, League members will help facilitate the education of the library staff on the do’s and don’ts of voter registration.