“I read in the paper about an economist who was going to speak to the league about a topic I was interested in,” she says. “I was very impressed by the presentation, so I kept attending the talks. I found them very inspiring. The topics chosen impressed me - such as Cuba, education, health, gun control - as did the serious nature of the people who asked questions.”
“What really impressed me was the voter registration drives conducted by the league,” says Paulus, who served two years as treasurer and is still an active member.
“We help to present candidates on all sides,” she says. “We want to hear what all the candidates propose.”
Going along with the concept of presenting all sides, the league does not issue endorsements.
“Bellingham is a very civic-oriented community,” she says. “The fact that we are a university community makes a difference, too. And we have all ages represented and people from across the political spectrum. Our forums are televised locally, so everyone can have a chance to see them.”
“The league does not want any other organization to claim the (original) name,” Paulus explains.
The league’s position on Cherry Point is that no more than one additional pier should be allowed there, and that commodities with high risk to harm the environment or health should not be allowed.
Paulus notes that programs dealing with environmental issues are among the most important to local residents.
“I personally think that’s a very good thing,” she says, adding that the highest possible voting turnout makes America a “more democratic country.”
“People should be more interested in voting and not be so cavalier about it,” says Paulus, who isn’t happy when she sees a low turnout for any election.
“I was politically interested but not involved,” she says of her young-adult years in Canada. “I’ve always been interested.”
The league’s position on Cherry Point was corrected Nov. 17, 2014.