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Gissel: Souza Forfeits Leadership Role

In the Sept. 12 edition of the Coeur d’Alene Press the following passage was included: “Souza said as mayor, she would vote whichever way the public favored on highly charged topics when the opinion is stacked on one side, regardless of how she feels personally.” I have waited several days to make sure that she did not want to retract that statement or assert that she was misquoted. To my knowledge, she has not done so. As to that statement, it is clear to me that God gave each person the capacity to form and hold moral values. He also gave each person the free will to act on those moral values. Failing to act on moral values one holds has the same effect as having no moral values. For Ms. Souza to assert ahead of time that she would go with the flow if elected is not leadership but rather a preemptive forfeiture of leadership/Norm Gissel, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Norm Gissel, foreground, and Tony Stewart)


Gissel Warns Re: Hostile Environment

Although he never mentioned Councilman Dan Gookin by name or his dust-up with City Administrator Wendy Gabriel, Coeur d'Alene attorney Norm Gissel warned City Council members to avoid creating a hostile work environment for staff. Speaking during the public comments period of the council meeting Tuesday, Gissel, a long-time leader in the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, said: “All of you have an affirmative duty to make sure none of you harass staff.” On Thursday, Gookin fired off an email to Gabriel in which he belittled her for failing to alert him before a story appeared on the Coeur d'Alene Press Web site that Team McEuen had proposed a change to boat-trailer parking in the McEuen Field upgrade. Gissel recommended that council members  “get ahold of counsel and review matters pertaining to a hostile environment.”


Gissel: Press Resurrects Chamberlain

The Task Force has listened to Neville Chamberlain style assertions for all the years of its existence. In fact the comment “If you don’t say anything about the Nazis, they will simply go away” is by far the most common criticism the Task Force hears. The opposite is true and will always be true. The Nazis themselves regard community silence as a cultural affirmation of their atrocious actions and beliefs. The victims of the Nazis also regard community silence as a community’s affirmation of the actions that harm them. In this context, both the Nazis and their victims are right.  To our knowledge the editors of the Press have never argued that we should be silent around child abuse and child abusers, rape and rapists, theft and thieves, murder and murderers, arson and arsonists, etc, etc, etc.  But we should be silent around Racists and their criminal activities when they occur?  No. No not now and no not ever/Norm Gissel, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. More here. (SR file photo of Norm Gissel with Tony Stewart in background)

Question: Do you think the work of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is almost finished?

NIC Trustee Q-and-A Has Hart Query

I just returned from the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Democratic Club for NIC trustee candidates, where Norm Gissel asked about a hypothetical situation that was disallowed by moderator Mary Lou Reed. Who didn’t think it was relevant to the trustee races. But candidate Ron Nilson answered it anyway. In the hypothetical, Norm asked the 4 candidates what they would do about an individual who stole trees that supported children’s education. Nilson said: “No way should anyone enter public land & take timber that belongs to our kids.” Rep. Phil Hart’s name wasn’t mentioned once. But everyone knew who Norm & Ron were talking about.

AM: Celebrating Aryans Bankruptcy

Norm Gissel, a Coeur d’Alene attorney who assisted Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Morris Dees in the legal case that bankrupted the Aryan Nations, receives applause after addressing the crowd at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday. Alison Boggs’ SR story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Would the Aryan Nations still be a significant presence in Kootenai County, if Richard Butler and his organization hadn’t been sued into bankruptcy?

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