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Press: The Joy Of Being Heard

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?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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