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The League View appears weekly on Sundays in the Hendersonville Times-News.


FEBRUARY 2011


February 6, 2011

Last year the League of Women Voters reflected on our past as we celebrated our ninetieth birthday. It’s 2011 and we’re another year older. After the passage for women suffrage the League reorganized itself to help the new women voters of America carry out their new responsibilities. From the beginning League encouraged women to use their new power and participate in shaping public policy. In Henderson County we wrapped up another year of voter education, held candidate forums for both local primary and general elections, continued to have an active Observer Corps of members willing to attend local government meetings, and offered local programs to the public on issues such as: immigration, NC State taxes, proposed federal health care legislation, and local education discussion.


February 13, 2011

In our continuing role to support strong ethical standards in Congress, the League has joined other interested citizen groups in urging Speaker John Boehner to support the gift, travel and other ethics rules adopted by the House in 2007. League asks the speaker to oppose any efforts to weaken the existing rules and standards of conduct that have been adopted in the past. In 2007 the rules included new restrictions on lobbyists and lobbying organizations paying for trips, gifts, meals and entertainment for congressional members and ended the practice of members paying cut-rate amounts to use corporate planes for travel. The League also encourages the speaker to take steps to strengthen the House ethics rules where necessary to protect the interests of the American people.


February 20, 2011

Henderson County Commissioners adopted an Ethics Code September 3, 2008. The policy is designed to help public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people. The policy sets forth guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all public officials by setting forth acts or actions that are incompatible with the best interests of Henderson County. The Code includes several definitions and outlines a discussion of ‘incompatible service’ and ‘soliciting or accepting gifts.’ The Code offers the County Attorney as the person with whom an individual may consult on a circumstance of ethics discussion. The Code includes the statement: No County official shall grant any special consideration, treatment, or advantage to any citizen beyond that which is available to every other citizen.


February 27, 2011

March is Women’s History Month. There is a lot of information available on web sites to celebrate this year’s theme: Writing women back into history. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, the Women’s History Projected petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. This Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Look at the web site sponsored by the Library of Congress and other participating organizations at http://womenshistorymonth.gov. Learn of the activities and information available about women in all aspects of our history through articles, photography and other internet links.





 

 



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