Civics Editorials

During the week’s lead-up to the Fourth of July, the LWVFC contributes a series of civics guest editorials to the Greenfield Recorder. Our continued thanks to the writers of the pieces, to the Recorder for its partnership, and to LWVFC member Pat Leuchtman for coordinating.


Women’s suffrage 100 years later,” by Louise Amyot, LWVFC Voter Services Committee

The true promise of suffrage,” by Marie Gauthier, LWVFC president

What’s up with the Equal Rights Amendment?” by Catherine Keppler, LWVFC Voter Services Committee

Men and women fought the 19th Amendment,” by Pat Leuchtman, LWVFC Voter Services Committee


On the Bill of Rights” by Catherine Keppler, LWVFC Voter Services Committee

“‘I don’t get involved in politics‘” by Marie Gauthier, LWVFC president

Initiative Referendum and Process in Massachusetts” by the LWVFC and LWVMA

On the Right to Privacy,” by Alyssa Arnell, chair of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Greenfield Community College


Why your vote matters” by Denise Petrin, LWVFC Voter Services Committee

Press freedoms—you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” by B.J. Roche, senior lecturer at University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Journalism

History of job discrimination” by Roxann Wedegartner, longtime Planning Board member in Greenfield, and freelance writer and artist

History of securities law” by Ken Bertsch, the executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors

The importance of civic participation” by Adina Giannelli, a writer, educator, and nonprofit professional

History of Our Congress” by Peter Beck, architect

Reinventing Justice in Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region our way” by John F. Merrigan, register, Franklin County Probate, and Co-Chair of Opioid Task Force of the Franklin County and North Quabbin Region

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