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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:15 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

There's a groundswell of excitement over the election of Dan Gookin and Steve Adams to the Coeur d'Alene City Council, and there should be. Whether or not the existing council is actually guilty of routinely applying the rubber stamp to important decisions, the entry of Dan and Steve to future deliberations promises to be entertaining and engaging.

But we admit to feeling a sense of loss in the defeat of John Bruning, and not just because newspapering is in his family's blood. John's father, Rollie, became editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press in 1956, when John and the rest of the family moved to Coeur d'Alene from Wallace.

This quiet, thoughtful man who enjoyed a 40-year career with the U.S. Forest Service has sunk some of the deepest roots in his community. John holds volunteer leadership positions with St. Vincent de Paul and served on the St. Pius X Catholic Church parish council for six years. He has taken his civic duties even further.

Bruning learned about Coeur d'Alene from the inside out by serving on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for a quarter of a century, with all but five years as its chairman. All of this is a matter of public record, but it took a close friend of John's to tell us that he got hold of Bruning's appointment book and discovered the city councilman and community servant participates in some 50 public meetings a month.

Bruning's level of community involvement isn't just exemplary; it might be unmatched. And we believe that for all our city governments, Bruning's example should be followed.

In Coeur d'Alene, 24 committees require a total of 160 volunteers. We understand the fad in some political circles these days is for candidates to have no governmental experience at all because it is considered baggage that will compromise the candidates. That's an unhealthy degree of skepticism that can lead to ill-informed votes and ill-equipped elected officials.

Learning to serve benefits the organization, the community and the person who is serving. The volunteer understands why things work the way they do, who makes them work that way and what impact various efforts create. If nothing else, this person will have a much shorter learning curve when assuming duty as an elected official, and ultimately, effective service is the name of the game.

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9 comments:

  • Ziggy posted at 10:39 pm on Mon, Nov 21, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1119

    Hello. The citizens want the ballfield and the boat launch left as is. That is clear. That is what the election was all about. This is not rocket science. The Powers that Be ignored the citizens. Either there will be a recall now or another election in two years that will change the rest of them out for new blood.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:12 pm on Mon, Nov 21, 2011.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    DeNiles

    Or he could help with the homeless the he helped create.

     
  • DeNiles posted at 8:37 am on Mon, Nov 21, 2011.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    However Bruning made his connections and affiliations the purpose of his intentions are made clear by his actions. He is very pro-development and not steeped in ethics on how that happens. He has aligned himself with the politico Machiavellian crowd where seeding high dollar development with public taxes is justified using any means. And now that his modus operandi is understood, he is gone.

    Now if he really wants to do seriously needed volunteer work he could help with the care of elderly. There are many, many volunteers who help with the care of the needful elderly and they remain unsung heroes.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:21 pm on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Did someone with the screen name of baraka post something? I guess if they post it enough they will start to believe it.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 12:35 pm on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    concernedcitizen,

    Well said

     
  • baraka posted at 9:50 am on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    baraka Posts: 43

    Commenters- your claims have no basis in fact and are hearsay, lack substance and foundation and therefore credibility- What is your real purpose?
    The United States is reeling from a hurricane, drought, heat waves, and even an earthquake in Virginia. And we're already well into a nasty national election campaign.
    Now is the time to get those rumors flying, because science is proving what most of us already know: If you say something often enough, people will believe it, even if it seems too far out at first to be taken seriously.
    Why are people so eager to embrace myths, even if there is not a shred of evidence to support them? Why are so many so eager to believe the unbelievable?
    It's no surprise that myths are common in politics, but they invade every field of thought, including science, even when they have been shown to be false. They spread at lightning speed in these days of social media, 24-hour television news, and instant global communications. They aren't harmless.
    And it's so easy to do.
    Here's how it's done, according to a new mathematical model for rumor-mongering offered by a physicist turned linguist, Lukasz Debowski, although there's no reason to believe he intentionally planned to throw fuel on the rumor mill. His prescription, developed through incredibly complex mathematics, is this:

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    Say it often. Keep it short.
    That formula is backed by research among psychologists and sociologists who have studied the spread of myths in recent years, including psychologist Norbert Schwarz of the University of Michigan, who found that it doesn't take many believers to spread a rumor. A single voice, heard often enough, can sound like a chorus. And it doesn't seem to make much difference whether or not that single voice is credible.
    In his research, Schwarz used a flier put out by the Centers for Disease Control that was intended to knock down rumors that flu shots were harmful. Within 30 minutes after they read the flier, a fourth of the older participants in the study believed the false rumors were true, and that rose to 40 percent in just three days. Younger people fared no better. So a flier that was designed to discredit rumors actually reinforced them.
    If you think that's exceptional, ask a few friends if they think flu shots can cause autism.
    Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has reason to view that with alarm. His clinic issued a news release Tuesday warning that measles are making a comeback in this country and Europe because many parents believe the inoculation has been linked to autism.
    That belief grew out of a paper published in 1998 by the British medical journal, The Lancet. It has since been retracted because it was found to be based on fraudulent research. So it clearly is not true, even though some celebrities have urged parents to refuse to immunize their children against the potentially deadly virus. Thus, the myth survives clear scientific evidence.
    Some scientists, including pediatricians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman of the Indiana University School of Medicine, have spent years debunking myths. It is not true that cold weather can give you a cold (colds are caused by a virus, not temperature). Frogs do not give you warts. Chewing gum does not stay in your stomach for seven years.
    But the question persists: Why do so many continue to believe claims that have no basis in fact?

     
  • cgent47 posted at 9:36 am on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    cgent47 Posts: 192

    If John was in tune with the voters of Coeur d Alene he would have yelled at the top of his lungs for a vote on the McEuen Park issue. He was defeated because of his abuse of the electorate. Even in defeat he was arrogant about his position to shove the park issue down out throats. If the three incumbants aren't going to apologize for their abuse of the voters we will vote you out also.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 8:10 am on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    How can a person give 100% of their attention and make a good decision after attending 50 meetings per month? Can this much volunteerism result in rubber stamping?

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:53 am on Sun, Nov 20, 2011.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    "To be considered a volunteer"

    "leadership positions taken his civic duties even further.serving on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission"

    "community servant participates in some 50 public meetings a month".

    I know of people that do even MORE that never get their name in the paper or on some plaque. This is nothing more than a quiet slam on Adams and Gookin and a cheer for the rubber stamp ?Good Ole Boys"

    In other words, it is all about name recognition and not those that volunteer quietly and behind the scenes everyday. So typical of CdA.

     
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