In an editorial today, the Coeur d'Alene Press recommends that the new Coeur d'Alene mayor and council explore ways to communicate better with the public, some of whom feel disenfranchised:
On many, many occasions, they (Coeur d'Alene elected officials) might argue, the public's opinion was sought -- in various physical locations, at different times of the day and evening, and in the world of electronic communication as well. They might say that there's a big difference between not hearing and simply not agreeing, and to a degree they'd be right. But the bottom line is that many citizens feel disenfranchised. There's a sentiment that leaders make up their minds early, ignore testimony or suggestions, and ultimately do whatever they wanted to in the first place. Full editorial here.
DFO: Of course, there's some who want to be obeyed as well as being heard, and they are likely to always keep things stirred up in town.
Question: Is there anything you'd suggest that the Widmyer administration should do differently than the Bloem administration, to encourage greater communication with the public?