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President's Message (Evelyn Bender)
Health Care Study - Phase 2
Board of Directors Meeting
Members of the Hawaii Firearms Coalition
Report from the National Convention (Evelyn Bender)
LWVHI Extends its Appreciation for Contributions
1992 Legislative Session (Evelyn Bender)
State Council 1992
Historical Perspectives of Home Rule in Hawaii (Frank F. Fasi)
75th Anniversary
Important Dates for 1992-93
Leasehold Questions
League on the Light Side

President's Message

The election season is in full swing and it appears there is going to be a lot of negative campaigning. The League, however, will continue in its endeavors on the local, state, and national level to register voters, urge people to vote, provide information on candidates and issues to the voter, and above all, to try to focus the campaign on issues.

We, in Hawaii, must do our share of these tasks. The local leagues are providing their usual voter service activities such as voters guides, candidates forums, etc. The State League, in cooperation with Hawaii Planned Parenthood, Hawaii Civil Liberties Union, and Hawaii Women Lawyers, has compiled a Voters Guide, giving candidates' views on many issues affecting women, which will be available for general distribution. The State League will also publicize the League's position on the proposed constitutional amendments on Board of Education and reapportionment which will appear on the ballot in the primary and general elections.

As League members and responsible citizens, we all must continue to emphasize and focus on the importance of a candidates' positions on issues rather that allowing candidates to make minor or irrelevant charges and countercharges. We need to encourage people to register and to vote. We must point out that one vote does make a difference. No election is too minor or unimportant. Each one is important to everyone and the results affect everyone's daily life.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. If citizens do not participate, they cannot complain or grumble about the people who are elected and what they do while in office.

Keep these four quotations in mind as use them as you try to convince people to vote.

"The system has not failed-but some of us have failed the system."

- Edmund Muskie

"The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is liberty and securing the blessings of liberty."

- George Will

"When citizens say they are above politics they are saying that democracy is beneath them. They are really drop outs from democracy."

-James C. Humes

"Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom must... undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

-Thomas Paine

Evelyn Bender

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