Volunteers Needed for League Advocacy at Legislature (Jean Aoki)
McElrath to Address Women's Committee (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Voter Service (Jean Aoki)
Gambling (HCALG) Report (Grace Furukawa)
League of the Future is Online (Stephen Trussel)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Lunch 'n' Learn the Law
LWV Maui Co-Chair Attends UN Human Rights Council (Joshua Cooper)
Modern Look of League (Jason Stein)
Chapter Reports - Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Maui (Joshua Cooper)
The mid-term Presidential election is over and our nation has voted for change -- primarily in the direction we take in the war in Iraq. On their editorial page on November 20th, The Honolulu Advertiser stated, "Dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Iraq war has been widely cited as the principal factor in the change of command triggered on Election Day. But not far below that on the scale of voter outrage was widespread disgust with the way lobbyists' campaign contributions have corrupted lawmakers." My year end hope is that our newly elected and re-elected leaders will listen to the will of the people on both issues.
Nationally, I think it will be extremely difficult for our nation to set a course that will lead to a more peaceful world in which our country has increased respect for, and from, all. However, voters have mandated that our leaders in Washington take bold measures to quell violence endangering the lives of Americans as well as the citizens of the Middle East. My year end wish is for peace in the Middle East in the coming year.
Locally, it should be much easier for our legislators to enact true campaign finance reform, which would go far to restore confidence in our elected officials. Several states are already providing candidates with meaningful public funding options and the number of candidates taking advantage of the public campaign finance option is growing. We do not need to reinvent the wheel to set up a good public campaign finance system. The Voter Owned Hawaii organization has been lobbying for excellent legislation for several years. The often hidden cost to taxpayers of our present system is bound to be greater than the cost of a transparent system supported by voters of our state.
As we look to 2007, I will be hoping for bipartisan progress toward peace and restoring respect for our leaders through meaningful changes in our campaign finance laws.
A LITTLE PATIENCE...
People will accept your ideas much more readily
Education is when you read the fine print.
League of Women Voters of Hawaii
President - Sue Irvine
Ka Leo Hana
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