Daniel K. Whitehurst, in his article (Editorial Pages, May 14), "Put Meaning Back Into Campaigns," asked: "When are we going to start having fun again?" While the League of Women Voters of California can't promise to make campaigns fun, we want to assure Whitehurst and Times readers that we're dedicated to overcoming the two problems in California politics he cites in his article: voter ignorance and voter apathy.
Our "Pros and Cons" publication combats voter ignorance with impartial descriptions of the proposals on the state ballot. Voters who are turned off by simplistic sloganeering and confusing or misleading campaign ads will find factual information on which to base their decisions in this League publication, now available from local Leagues and at many local libraries.
Another edition of "Pros and Cons" will be prepared for the November ballot, which already looks to be heavy with controversial issues.
League-sponsored debates are another of our weapons to combat voter ignorance and apathy. We're making plans for debates this fall between candidates for governor, and also between candidates for the U.S. Senate. We've contacted June primary candidates to seek their commitment to League debates should they win nomination for the November ballot.