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In early October the community celebrates the second anniversary of Speak Out for Kids, the community discussion that developed the seven priorities for children in our community. The meeting was organized by the United Agenda for Children, a coalition of citizens, civic leaders, businesses, government and community agencies who have united to ensure that every child in Henderson County is safe, healthy, and welleducated. The Henderson County League of Women voters was a partner of this coalition and in the ground breaking method of community discourse. The League began our general monthly meeting series with a presentation on “Making a Difference in the Lives of Children.” We are reminded that the most important legacy we leave the world is our children.


When discussing many national issues in our country, especially health care and the economy, many debaters raise the issue of immigration. The League of Women Voters US conducted a national study on immigration where members explored the underlying values and principles regarding immigration, reasons for immigration, current federal immigration policy and the impact of immigration in American society. The LWVUS website, www.lwv.org, under the Issues -> Social Policy button in the banner at the top of the page, offers interested people a review of the briefs that all League members used to study the issue, as well as the bibliography of material. In addition, the site includes a number of background papers on this topic under specific headings such as Immigration Policy: Family Reunification; What Motivates Immigration to America; Federal Immigration policy: Enforcement issues; Overview: Federal Immigration Policy and Proposed Reforms.


The LWVUS position on Immigration, April 1, 2008, states: The League of Women Voters 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 U.S. on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law. The League of Women Voters US national website explains this position, www.lwv.org. Select the Issues -> Social Policy button on the banner across the top of the page. This site offers a brief historic overview of immigration and some of its driving factors: religious freedom, freedom from oppression, and economic motivation.


The municipal elections will be held in Henderson County for our five municipalities: Flat Rock, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Mills River. Remember that early voting opportunities end on October 31. All absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections by 5:00 PM on November 2. Election Day is November 3 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Please check the Board of Elections website for information. www.hendersoncountync.org/elections for a list of candidates, the seats available, and polling sites, as well as other information helpful to local voters. Remember, if you are a registered voter and have not changed your address, you are eligible to vote on November 3, if you are a resident of one of the local municipalities.



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