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Not Playing Bridge and Eating Bonbons

21 Jul

WHY DID SHE DO IT? Why did Sue Anderson join the League of Women Voters decades ago when her children were young and she had that “I’ve got to get out of the house!” feeling? She did it because:

“It wasn’t playing bridge and eating bonbons.”

In this series of video excerpts from her oral history interview, which was conducted by historian Anne Marie Pois, Anderson describes her journey from political innocent, intimidated by her first League meeting, to becoming president of  League chapters in both Virginia and Colorado. As do many women, she learned political skills and personal confidence from her work with the League. She became a person who could wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for governmental reform and then shepherd that idea to an electoral win with 60 percent of the vote.

In this video, Anderson also gives insight into the structure of the League and is candid about challenges now facing the organization.

People who know Sue Anderson tell her she should run for elected office, and she says, “No, thanks!” Watch the video and learn why.

The Hurt is in the Heart

10 Feb

By Emily Shuster

I CAME TO BOULDER six weeks ago as an intern for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program.

To the eyes and ears of a visitor to Boulder, one from the part of the country where an eight-hundred foot rise is designated a “peak,” many things seem different, and unexpected.

 To the eyes and ears of this visitor to Boulder—a college student from Vermont, originally hailing from the Boston area—other notable traits here are the personality of this community, and personalities in this community. The stories that Boulder residents tell seem to be not only rich with adventure, excitement and accomplishment, but they carry a uniquely noticeable interest in, and care for one another. 

Through my internship I have felt privileged to have the opportunity to listen to the stories of many fascinating Boulder residents who embody this characteristic. There seems to be something in the (dry!) air here that fosters the mindset of person-to-person civility and compassion.

 “…the hurt is not in the wallet, the hurt is in the heart”

So says Cindy Taylor, Director of the Consumer Affairs Division at the Boulder County Attorney General’s office.  Ms. Taylor was interviewed by Shirley Steele for the oral history program (the interview was filmed by Liz McCutcheon).  The whole interview is available on the Maria Rogers Oral History web site , but you can watch the short video above to learn about the essence of the Consumer Affairs Division’s work and hear about consumer protection resources available to those in need of help. Continue reading

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