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Item: Human rights leaders honored: Annual Idaho Blue Book dedicated to Wassmuth, Stewart, Gissel/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: The latest edition of Idaho's Blue Book, a go-to resource for anything Idaho, has been dedicated to local leaders of the human rights movement. In a spot reserved for Idaho moguls, such as former Governor Cecil Andrus and Joe Albertson, who built one of the world's largest supermarket chains, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa dedicated the 22nd edition of the Blue Book to Bill Wassmuth, Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel. “Both of us were on the same page with this,” said Pat Herman, who compiles the Blue Book for Ysursa. “We had both seen Marcia Franklin's documentary 'The Color of Conscience.'”
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Norm Gissel, a long-time leader of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and one of the attorneys who brought down the Aryan Nations, calls the recall effort against Mayor Sandi Bloem and three Coeur d'Alene council members “nonsense.” After listing the many accomplishments of the Bloem administration (Kroc Center, Education Corridor, Coeur d'Alene Library, etc.), Gissel writes of those who reserve their “ridicule and hatred” for the projects. Quoth: “Yelling from the bleachers lilke the left field fans at Wrigley Park, they opposed anything and everything that did not square with their peculiar visions of the past and of a nihilistic future. When faced with the prospect of improving a city park, it became on improvement too many. The 'Bleacher Boys', now apopletic, have decided on a recall. What nonsense.” Full letter here. (SR file photo: Norm Gissel, middle, with two other long-time members of Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations: Tony Stewart, left, and Marshall Mend, right)