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Amnesty Day - Toxic Waste Disposal
Speak Out Hawaii
Rice and Roses
President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Honolulu League Members Running for Political Office - 1986
Mililani Town Award
Help! Help! Help!
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - I (Evelyn Bender)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - II (Dorothy Doudna)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - III (Anne Lee)
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - IV (Marian Hatton)
Vote Count
Bus Fare Opinion Survey
Teamster Vote Count!
Project of Year Award
Oahu Connection
Magnet Schools
Planning & Zoning Committee (Astrid Monson)
Richards Street Testimony
Registration Drives
ASUH Candidates Forum
Election Laws Study Committee
Welcome New Members
New Member Orientation
Calendar
Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - V (Yvonne Kearns)

Convention '86 - A Capital Idea - I

It has been twenty years since my first National Convention - there had been 6 others in between. Not much had changed. The delegates were earnest, hard-working and dedicated, There were still those who earnestly sought By-Law changes; those who campaigned hard for their program changes; those who were upset with the relationships between National, State and Local Leagues; and to the LWV-US- There were still many very late night caucuses.

However, this time there were many more men delegates and more delegates who had full w.. time jobs, Even though Leaguers seem to have less time to volunteer, the quality of the work was still of high caliber. Everyone is proud of the League - its study methods, the action it takes, and what it stands for. The program interests are still as varied as the sections of the country where the delegates reside. As in the past League program proposals seem to foretell the problems that the country will face in the future - clean water in 1966 and agriculture in 1986.

As always the guest speakers were most inspirational and always had a high regard for the League. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was fantastic. Dr. Estelle Raney was humorous and very interesting. LWVUS President Dot Ridings and Executive Director Grant Thompson were inspirational, humorous, and very practical. However, the address by Secretary of the Treasury James Baker, which had been advertised as a speech on the tax reform bill was disappointing. To me, it was almost an insult to our intelligence. It was a speech glorifying the incumbent U,S. President and his accomplishments while downgrading his predecessor and the things he had done. Baker refused to answer any questions on the tax bill.

I wish to thank LWV-Honolulu for giving me., the opportunity to represent them at the National Convention. My battery was re-charged, my enthusiasm rekindled, and I was able to see many old friends, renew casual relationships, and make many new friends. I wish every League member could attend at least one National Convention, preferably in Washington, D:C.

Evelyn Bender

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