Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

MEETING (Sept. 16): How to Influence Local Land Use Issues

Over the past year, many of our members have been passionately engaged in local land use issues in Clemson and Seneca. Often, by the time neighbors and concerned citizens know about planned changes in zoning and land use, it's too late to stop or alter the process.

So we are kicking off our League year with a program on Citizen Input into Land Use Decisions with our very own Donna London, former Clemson City Planner and currently director of the Jim Self Center on the Future at Clemson University. Donna will help us understand the process by which citizen input can be provided and what steps can be taken to influence or alter local land use decisions.

If you are concerned about the evolving shape of your community or your county, this is a good chance to learn how you can be effective in making a difference.

Social time at 7:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

On the ballot in November: Electing the Adjutant General

Your Vote Counts!This link provides a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of electing the Adjutant General.

Questions & Responses: 3rd Congressional District candidates

Before the primary election, we requested candidates for the 3rd Congressional District. Jeff Duncan (R) and Barbara Jo Mullis (D) won that election. Here are answers to four questions about topics of current interest. RESPONSES continue to be posted when received.

1. Now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented, what changes or improvements would you like to see Congress make? RESPONSES

2. One of the areas in which the United States is falling behind is infrastructure, particularly transportation infrastructure--highways and bridges, public, port facilities, rail transport and other mass transit. How do you think these improvements should be financed, and what should the role of the federal government be? RESPONSES

3. A recent report on climate change calls attention to the issue of rising sea levels. Since you would be (if elected) representing a coastal state (23 of the 50 states have some seacoast), what actions should Congress take to help us address the potential damage to property and the economy along the coast? RESPONSES

4. What role should the federal government play in funding K-12 and higher education, and what should its priorities be? RESPONSES

RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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