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President's Message: Honolulu Needs the League of Women Voters (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
And a Good Time Was Had by All... (Arlene Ellis)
Board Cuts Down the Telephone Tree (Grace Furukawa)
TV Production Committee Formed
Fact Sheet on Violence and Lobbying Strategy Planned (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
New Member Orientation Planned for January, 1995
Honolulu Mayor Invited to Speak at Dec. Meeting
Conventional Wisdom Meets the State Data Book (Astrid Monson)
Hawaii Chosen for Cancer Screening Trial
Cancer Links, Water Resources Studied (Carol Kleppin)
Teamster Union Vote Count
League Principles Define Local League Action
Books to Ponder
League Produced Programs to Air on 'Olelo Channel
1994-95 Membership Directory Changes

And a Good Time Was Had by All...

It is unfortunate that more members have not had the opportunity to experience the Adwatch evaluation sessions held every Friday at noon. With 10 to 15 strong-minded, positive individuals complete with political biases speaking out on their interpretations of a specific ad, there are frequents calls for "Attention!" from the Chair, followed by "All right now, one at a time..." Frequent bursts of laughter with hoots of "your bias is showing" often help to relieve the tension.

Negative attack ads were predominant on TV and the newspapers as we fast approached the general election in November. The members of the Adwatch committee were busy trying to separate fact from fiction as they evaluated the last weeks of ads. Working under a 90 second limitation for each report, the summaries were extremely difficult to formulate. Much of what was cut out could be described by some of the members as the most meaty parts.

Much care and consideration was used to formulate the final statements for the reports. Remembering that we were the nonpartisan, objective League of Women Voters, one member's contribution of "sweeping solutions" and preposterous promises" in describing Fasi's tax plan ended up in the report as "a questionable claim." Unfortunately, we did not record any of the funny tidbits or biting wisdom we decided could not be used, and they remain in the recesses of our memories. We hope our membership is following the weekly reports on KGMB's 6 o'clock news.

Arlene Ellis
Elections Coordinator

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