October 2021 Voter

Included in this month’s issue of the Voter:

  • Willkommen, Bienvenue, Salâm article by Florence Sprague
  • LWVRA Student Scholarships offered
  • How PFAS have become a big part of our lives  
  • Barb Anderson’s article on Alternative News Sources
  • Voter Registration Volunteer Opportunities

Windows and Mirrors - Willkommen, Bienvenue, Salam - Florence Sprague - October 2021

One of my sisters taught German at a private school for decades. She is a fluent speaker of German and knowledgeable about the minutiae of German grammar. In retirement, and particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown, she has been trading German lessons for Spanish lessons with another retired colleague who taught Spanish. They meet on Zoom to speak, and give one another practice exercises and options for exploration on DuoLingo. I admire her for even taking on this enterprise.

What is interesting is that despite being an expert at one foreign language, and despite having had some Spanish in high school, she often complains that she just can’t seem to remember all of the new vocabulary she is supposed to be learning. Not long ago she remarked that she has a new sympathy with older immigrants trying to learn English and struggling. Ahhh.

School Referendum - Be Informed

While the November 2 elections may feel a long way off, early voting began September 17, therefore it isn’t too early to begin researching what may be on your ballot.. One item on most local ballots will be a Roseville School District Operating Referendum.  LWV does not support candidates or issues, however the League does advocate being informed. An efficient way to learn about the ISD 623 “Operating Levy 2021” is to view this video:  www.isd623.org/levy2021 .

ISD 623 School Board Candidate Forum October 7, 2021 7:00 pm

LWVRA will sponsor a forum on October 7, 7:00 p.m. for the School Board candidates. The forum will be moderated by League member Florence Sprague. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no in-person audience. The forum will be broadcast by NineNorth on cable channel 15 or 859 HD, and live streamed and available for playback on ninenorth.org/. For on-demand viewing, Candidate Speak-Out and Forum videos will be located at https://ninenorth.org/speak-outs/. You may submit questions to be asked of candidates to lwvrosevillearea@lwvmn.org by end of day, Wednesday, October 6.

September 2021 Voter

The September Voter is here! In this issue you will find:

  • A schedule of programs planned for the Fall, including information on the upcoming September panel exploring racial equity in communities - Good Neighborhoods: Beyond Mr. Rogers Part I
  • An article by Florence Sprague, It’s Not a Trick, that shows we are never too old to embrace learning or move big ideas forward
  • An opportunity to share thoughts and brainstorm about our use of a diversity, equity and inclusive lens in work we do in League
  • An informative message from our President Barb Barany

Environmental Subcommittee Member Donna Peterson

LWVRA Environmental Subcommittee and Resilient Roseville are responsible for the city of Roseville enrolling in Excel’s Partners In Energy program. One of the results is the development of the Energy Action Team within Partners In Energy that made significant recommendations to the City of Roseville. The chair of the LWVRA Environmental Subcommittee is Donna Peterson who was selected to be a member of that team. You can learn more about this at CityOfRoseville.com/Partners-in-Energy.

Good Neighborhoods: Real Life Mr. Rogers 1 – September 23, 2021

Everyone wants to live in a good neighborhood but what makes a good neighborhood? Who has access to them? What happens when some don’t have access to a "good" neighborhood? How do we sustain good neighborhoods?

The recording for the September 23 program - Part 1 of the Real Life Mister Rogers series co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Roseville Area, Do Good Roseville and Ramsey County Library's Zoom platform, is now online if you missed it or want to watch it again:  https://my.nicheacademy.com/rcladult/course/37255. Feel free to share this recording link.



CMAL July 2021 Newsletter

The latest issue of the CMAL newsletter contains an article about the new country government study, as well as a calendar of upcoming CMAL events. You can view the newsletter here.