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September 2005
President's Message (Marianna Scheffer)
Legislative Advocates (Andrea Dean)
Drug Court (Marni Herkes)
County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resource... Commission
LWV of Hawai'i Country Member Roster
Vote Count in October
LWV of Hawaii County Minutes of General Meeting 8/20/05 (Maiden Temple)
Treasurer's Report 8/10/05 (Sue Irvine)
Community Development Plans (Nancy Pisicchio )
Kona Community Development Plan (Marni Herkes)
North and South Kona Community Development Plans
Facilitators Wanted (Andrea Dean)

President's Message

September 9, 2005

Hurricane Katrina has dominated my thoughts and feelings for the past several days, as I am sure it has everyone's. Katrina was the “perfect storm,” the result of years of neglect of infrastructure, neglect of the poor, neglect of civil defense, and neglect of the natural environment. I grew up hearing, "Expect the best, but prepare for the worst," but it seems that these days we reverse this wisdom, expecting things to work out, facing disasters unprepared, and then expressing bewilderment when the worst happens and we can't cope. The lesson to us living here is clear. On the Big Island of Hawaii, we are subject to a whole range of possible natural disasters: tsunami, floods, volcanic eruptions, earth-quakes, and tropical storms. As global warming increases, we can also expect more and stronger storms, perhaps even a hurricane.

We don't give these matters much thought in our everyday lives. This happy-go-lucky attitude needs to change. As well as taking personal responsibility for our survival and well being in the face of natural disasters, we also must demand that our local, state, and federal governments plan and prepare for the emergencies that we are sure to face.

A word about our next meeting: it will be on October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Tex Drive In, Honokaa. Barbara Bell, a long time environmental activist and now member of Mayor Kim's administration, will give a talk about waste disposal. She is a wonderful and engaging speaker. Certainly, a (relatively) clean environment is one of the blessings of living on the Big Island. The question I will ask her is how the League can work with the current county government to help improve waste disposal. I'm sure all members will have their questions and comments ready as well.

Marianna Scheffer

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