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Copper Country Positions

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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Provision For Changing or Adopting Program Between Annual Meetings

Local Positions:

Bylaws, Article IX, Sect. 3e: Changes in program, in case of altered conditions, may be made provided (1) information concerning the proposed changes has been sent to all members at least two weeks prior to a general membership meeting at which the change is to be discussed and (2) final action by the membership is taken at a succeeding meeting.

Education

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country believes that some form of education, provided by public schools or other state-approved institutions, should be mandatory for all children. The primary role of the public school should be to enable students to master the basic skills as well as the physical and social sciences, to teach the fine arts, to foster critical and creative thinking, to promote good health and physical fitness, and to provide foreign languages and vocational education for those who desire them.
The League believes it is possible to measure whether a quality education is being provided and whether schools are accomplishing their goals. Parents, teachers, and the community should work as a team to help children learn, encouraging higher standards of achievement.
The League supports adequate financing to provide maximum educational opportunities for all children in the tax-supported schools of Houghton County. Support for each millage or bonding proposal will be evaluated by applying listed criteria.
The League supports the concepts of consolidation, annexation, and cooperative programming. The League also supports creative research for methods to maintain, finance, and improve existing small schools.
The League recommends that school board members receive training and that employees of a school district not serve on its board.

Election Proceures

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the following goals:
1. Provide consistency of practices in all local voting jurisdictions including
a. training of poll workers, especially instruction in requirements for assisting people with disabilities
b. payment of poll workers
c. maintaining political balance (major political parties) of poll workers and d. provision of privacy for voters
2. Promote ability of all local voting jurisdictions to access state Qualified Voter Lists electronically.
3. Encourage local clerks to provide absent voter ballots automatically for every election to people with disabilities, senior citizens, and other eligible voters who request continuing service.
4. Increase voter information and education for all elections to all areas of the Copper Country.

Fluoridation

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the fluoridation of community water supplies in Houghton County at levels based upon the latest public health recommendations.

Houghton County Government

Support for:
1. Adequate financing of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility;
2. Impartial assessment procedures;
3. Adequate county financing, a fixed millage allocation, and/or adoption of other measures which promote sound fiscal planning;
4. A county executive with clearly drawn lines of responsibility.

Houghton County Jail Facility

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the construction of a new Houghton County Jail building (to replace the facility in existence as of 04/2007) with adequate facilities for functional, cost and energy efficient, secure operation in compliance with State Administrative Rule requirements, as set forth in the Rules for Jails, Lockups and Security Camps.

Keweenaw Waterway

We reaffirm that standards stated in our Land Use position apply to the waterway. We further support:
1. Free public access at appropriate intervals along the waterway;
2. Activities along the waterway should be non-polluting of land, water, and air;
3. Businesses near the waterway should be compatible with enjoyment of it.

Land Use

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the following:
1. the premise that land is a finite resource and that land ownership, whether public or private, carries responsibility for stewardship;
2. land use planning and zoning that reflects conservation and wise management of resources;
3. identification and protection of areas of critical concern, including wetlands, shore lands, and unique scenic, historical and cultural sites;
4. acquisition of land for public use;
5. review of environmental, social, and economic impacts of major public and private developments including the Keweenaw National Historical Park, local historic districts, proposed parks and the U.S. 41 corridor; and
6. citizen access to the land use planning process.

Transportation

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports: Adequate funding for coordinated regional and local public transportation, which provides access to area education, employment, health care, mental health care, government, and food/shopping centers to population centers and rural residents alike.