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Speak up at the “Speak Out”

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County invites the public to its annual “Speak Out” and soup and sweets breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street in Grass Valley.

Choose a homemade soup for $5 and sit at your choice of topic table. Each table will address a different issue. Discussions will be facilitated, and a summary will be addressed to the whole meeting.

Let us know where your interests lie. The Program Planning Committee has selected four topics for discussion at the October meeting. The topics were chosen because they are newsworthy, but very few know much about them. The meeting provides an opportunity to share information and misinformation and pose some questions that could be addressed in a future general meeting.

The selected topics are:

Climate change: Is climate change already affecting our atmosphere, weather, oceans, ecosystems and society? If so, how does one adapt and what can we do? Is there a scientific consensus on climate change? Are human activities or natural variations in climate responsible for the climate changes being observed today?

Gender equity: How far have we come? Many questions come to mind on this topic. Where are women in terms of equity in the job market? Is this something you have experienced and/or seen it in the workplace? When will it change? What is currently being done?

Public pensions: A subject about which much is written, almost on a daily basis. However, few actually know how pensions are funded. Here is an opportunity to discuss your concerns with others and recognize the economic impact of public pensions on the community.

Water: Probably the most important subject in terms of political impact. There is an ongoing political struggle in California about water. How it will be handled, the divisiveness the subject evokes and the potential effects of future governmental actions are all subjects for discussion.

Soup and a chance to “vent” about the state of the world, the state, the country, etc. Now, that’s a menu you just can’t refuse!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV of Western Nevada County meets regularly on the second Saturday morning of most months for panel presentations of timely topics at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.LWVWNC.org.

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