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A Letter from the Editor

Aloha Kakou

In looking at ways to improve the flow of information to League members - including its timeliness - at the last Board meeting the League discussed shifting over an extended period to an electronic web-based newsletter which could be updated and printed out by members as needed. Paper copies would still be run off for those who do not use computers as well for those sent to libraries, media, elected & appointed officials, etc.

The Board agreed to start the discussion - see below for an initial survey - which will be continued at its February meeting. Simply put - Should the League use the Internet as one of its tools for communicating with the general membership rather than depending upon a printed quarterly newsletter.

Not only would it be significantly cheaper and faster but also it would certainly be more environmentally responsible. Using the Internet would allow people to send out ALERTS & UPDATES without having to go through the hassles of setting up telephone trees or putting out mailings.

Furthermore, the Post Office is going to ask for a 10% rate increase starting next year. It's not known at this point what the increase will be for bulk mail which is how you currently receive your newsletter. However, assuming a ratio of 3 to I wanting to have electronic copies, it would be significantly cheaper to send the other 80 or so copies by first class mail at the new rates than it would be to send some 350 copies by bulk mail at today's rates .

Access to the Internet is one concern and a legitimate one; however, in six short years, things have changed dramatically. In one 1998 survey, about 50% of all O'ahu residents had Internet access at work or at school and about half that number had it at home. Once high-speed cable access and DSL services came on the scene, the numbers took off. Today on O'ahu, about 90% of the population has daily Internet access at home, school, or work. O'ahu is considered by many as the third most-wired place in the United States beating out both Austin and Seattle.

Learning to use the Internet is not age-dependent. if you can type, you can learn to navigate cyberspace.

Using the Internet does not have to be an either/or situation. People who still want hard copies will be able to get them, but many people nowadays much prefer to get an Internet copy from most organizations.

To help the Board in its deliberations, please take the time to convey your thoughts by filling out this survey and getting it back to the League office by mail or by sending an e-mail to

Shannon Wood

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