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DennisH: What About The Gang Of Four

Dennis Hinrichsen: I have Googled the ‘Gang of Four’ with little success. Were you ridinghigh as a Press reporter at that time? I wonder what Sander’s beach bathers think of Fromm’s Save Our Shoreline ticket. I did locate two sites of interest, thought I admit the first is totally DRY and the second unreadable for the moment: Take a moment for your fans and document the achievement of Mayor Fromm and disclose who the three Councilors were that cowtowed to him. What the Citizens of Coeur d’Alene must ask themselves: Are longterm residents who are dependent on gainful employment better off or worse off than they were in the mid-80’s.

DFO: First, I’ve never worked for the CDA Press; however, I was managing editor of Duane Hagadone’s Kalispell Daily Inter Lake for four years. Briefly, the Gang of Four (Fromm, Steve McCrea, Bob Brown and Judge Jim Michaud) ended the firefighters’ strike, ended the building moratorium, required public access to the boardwalk when it approved the PUD for the Coeur d’Alene Resort, stopped the return of hydroplane races, adopted the city’s shoreline ordinances and much else. It had little to do with Sanders Beach. It had little to do with the economic doldrums that hit this area in the mid to late ‘80s. It was hated by the movers and shakers of this community. But it was effective in protecting the shoreline and getting the community moving again.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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