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Volunteer for the "Candidates' Fair" - Bring the Family
President's Message (Dorothy Lum)
Predicting the Future (Mary George)
National Security Takes New Direction in International Relations (Dottie Gullicksen)
Honolulu Leaguers Work Toward Info/Cultural Exchange... (Frank Eldridge)
Council Studies "Affordable Housing" (Astrid Monson)
Report from the Hill
Comparable Pay Catching On
League Membership Update
League Goes to Liberty House "AmericanStyle"
People 'n Pix

?? Predicting the Future ??

The Aloha Voter is pleased to have the first in what we hope to be a series of articles written by each of a number of our Leaguers who are also elected officials. We are proud of these members and welcome what will be their views and reports touching on local and state issues of interest to the League as we move toward an active year of local, state, and national programs. The views expressed are of the writer and not necessarily those of the editorial staff and the League.

Predicting the future is a risky venture, especially when your audience is as savvy as the Ladies of the League. But I can't resist the opportunity for an encore. It's been sixteen years since I last wrote for the Voter as president of the Honolulu League!

Of special interest - and I hope your Leagle eyes will be scrutinizing the November election results very carefully - is the effect of reapportionment on our political process. I personally advocate multi-member legislative districts, so you who are on the other side will want to check this out very carefully, but I believe there are fewer challenges and more free rides now that we have single member districts. Conventional political wisdom has it that it's all too easy to turn these districts into virtually impregnable empires. But let's see how Hawaii is affected. .

The fate of initiative can probably be read in the general election results. A number of efforts are being made to identify the positions of incumbents and challengers on the initiative question, and if a race is close it may well be decided on this issue. Though I am personally an ardent fan of direct democracy (have you all read MEGATRENDS?)… I am not optimistic about an early change in our constitution.

You surely share my dismay that it has taken the threat of a suit against the state to waken even tentative action to improve the prison facilities for both women and juveniles. Once again, a pessimistic prediction: most - of the capital funds will be gobbled up by the new medium security facility in Halawa, and the smaller Windward facilities will get crumbs and band-aids.

Not for a minute would I want this report card to reflect on Howard Murai, who does an excellent job of running Hale No Na Wahine under the most difficult of circumstances. The women's prison needs more space, more staff, more programs - more of everything, and you will get gold stars from me for any lobbying or volunteer effort you put in to improve the situation.

Transportation? I hope nobody's trying to take credit for improving the situation, because it seems to me fairly obvious that we're behinder than we were when I first took office. On the city level, yo-yo decisions have been made from HART, to all-bus, to light rail, with shrinkage in the availability of federal match as the transit planners go back to the drawing board. On the State level, the 80% of Windward residents who yearn for H-3 (the most recent professional survey) have been frustrated by a Ninth Circuit Court decision that the no-build alternative, and a possible corridor that would double-deck H-3 over central Kaneohe, have to be given serious consideration. And THAT cost escalates, as does the bill for transit construction.

And we still don't have an agreement on where to put a reliever airport for crowded Honolulu International.

The highway fund - from whence the money is derived to fill pot holes, build new lanes, landscape and maintain - looks like Mother Hubbard's cupboard. The Legislature is going to have to bite the bullet and do something nasty to your gasoline bill.

Yes, I'm pretty sure we'll raise the drinking age to 21. Money is a powerful inducement, and we'll be rewarded if we raise the age, and deprived if we don't.

Last prediction: things may be far from perfect down at the State Legislature, but I assure you they're a lot better than they would be if Leaguers weren't there to make a difference!

Mary George

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